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MFA in Film and Electronic Media

Professor Larry Engel gives tips to students on using the SONY Ex-1 camera as they prepare for Classroom in the Wild: Alaska

MFA in Film and Electronic Media

Students master the digital production skills required to compete in today’s industry, while gaining an understanding of the historical, economic and critical issues shaping media. The program prepares them to begin a research or teaching career at the university level.

Students use American University's film, video and digital equipment to acquire or strengthen their skills in film and video production, script writing, computer animation, digital imaging, sound production, and electronic media design and programming for the Web. They may also earn a semester of academic credit creating a film at 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. The Graduate Record General Examination (GRE) is required, but may be waived by the division director.

An undergraduate degree in one of the visual media is desirable, but applications from candidates who have majored in other fields will also be considered. Applicants with prior experience in the visual media should submit a portfolio illustrating relevant professional experience. Students without prior experience in film, video, photography, or digital media production or who do not demonstrate through their portfolio a level of minimum proficiency in media production will need to reconcile their deficiencies with additional course work.

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.