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MFA in Film and Electronic Media

Professor Larry Engel shows students the camera  they will use to film during the Classroom in the Wild, Alaska program.

Full time, 51 credits, 36 months


The MFA prepares you for a career as an artist telling meaningful stories for public knowledge and action in film and video productions, including documentaries, feature films and television. It also prepares you to teach at the university level.


NEW: Exciting changes coming to MFA program in Fall 2015
The MFA includes courses in media studies, history and theory that complement the production courses, including advanced-level production courses in an area of concentration such as narrative, documentary, scriptwriting, producing, and new media. You will also take a seminar in teaching philosophy, skills and techniques.

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You will have opportunities for stimulating internships with national media companies or networks and for an intensive semester in Prague. 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. The program’s award-winning faculty are available for advising and mentoring. All students are encouraged to participate in the courses, seminars, and screenings provided by SOC’s Center for Social Media and Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

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