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MA in Film and Video

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MA in Film and Video

The MA program in film and video equips students with the critical skills and professional tools necessary for a successful career in media production, including documentaries; education, training, and industrial films; videos; multimedia presentations; episodic television; and full-length theatrical features.

Within this broad framework, students may further choose to emphasize studies in film, video, multimedia production, digital photography, or script writing. Students will sharpen their skills and build their résumés with internships or cooperative education field experiences in one of the Washington area's many cable networks or media production facilities. Classes in film theory, history and criticism, and elective courses chosen from extensive offerings in performing arts, literature and the humanities provide depth to the student’s understanding and perspective. In the international arena, students may receive full credit for courses taken in the film program of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Prague Film Academy (FAMU).

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) grade point average in last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. International students whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL examination to demonstrate proficiency in written as well as spoken English.

Applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). Previous exposure to film study, film and video production, or script writing is not required, although all applicants are required to show evidence of professional commitment and career direction related to their program of study.

Official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on the applicant’s commitment to pursuing graduate study in the program are submitted with the application.

Admission is not limited to full-time students, however students must be available to take most of their course work during the day. Students will normally be expected to complete the 36-credit hour program within 24 months.