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School of Communication

Film and Electronic Media (MFA)

Offered by the School of Communication.

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 coursework. 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 coursework.

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.

Degree Requirements

  • 51 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone experience: production of a portfolio of original creative work in the areas of scriptwriting, film, or electronic media production under the supervision of a faculty committee and in conjunction with COMM-702 Master's Portfolio Capstone, with grade of B or better
  • A grade point average of 3.00 maintained during all work toward the degree

Course Requirements

* Courses offered in Prague, Czech Republic. Students may enroll in the film and theatre curriculum at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU). Courses taken at FAMU receive full credit toward the MFA in Film and Electronic Media.

Core (26 credit hours)

Note: With the advisor's approval, students with comparable prior experience or coursework may substitute other courses in production and writing or media studies.

Portfolio Requirement (6 credit hours)

Media History (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

Production and Writing (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

Media Studies and Producing (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following (see note below):


One media studies elective may be taken in a related subject area with the approval of the faculty advisor. Related media studies courses include the following:

Electives (4 credit hours)