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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.

MFA in Film and Electronic Media (54 credits)

Full time (36 months)

Degree and Course Requirements | Financing | Equipment List

NEW PROGRAM PROPOSAL: MFA in Games and Interactive Media 

Significant Change Proposal: Addition of SIS-642 to the MFA in Film and Electronic Media


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.

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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.


Waiver for Introductory Courses

Eligible students may submit a waiver request to test out of the required introductory courses, COMM 610 Production Skills (3) and COMM 630 Principles of Photography (3), and core requirements. If the waiver is granted, students will be required to take other courses for a total of 6 credits in order to reach the 54 credit requirement for the MFA in Film & Electronic Media. To request a waiver send a waiver request to the School of Communication's Graduate Academic Services Office,, no later than July 21. The faculty will contact the student directly to schedule a phone/Skype interview and, if applicable, a test. The faculty will grant or deny the request for a waiver and notify the student of the outcome.

Professional resources

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 Media & Social Impact and Center for Environmental Filmmaking.