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Cinematic Arts MFA

Admission Requirements

  • BFA or BA in a concentration in film production, video, photography, animation, media arts, or equivalent from a recognized institution and with a minimum B average in the major area.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other programs may also be considered.
  • Undergraduate experience and proficiency relevant to the area of cinematic arts.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Qualified applicants lacking prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program.
  • In admitting students to the program, the MFA Graduate Program Director ensures that a potential supervisor exists within the faculty for the student’s research area. The onus is on the student, however, to secure a member of the faculty to supervise the thesis.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Courses page for course descriptions.

Cinematic Arts MFA (45 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

FMPR 620 Film Production I (3.00)
FMPR 621 Film Production II (3.00)
FMPR 622 Film Production III (3.00)
FMPR 623 Film Production IV (3.00)



FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses, with 3 credits chosen from the Cinematic Arts MFA Elective Courses and 3 credits from outside the program approved by the Graduate Program Director and with permission of the other area offering the course.

Note: Students may count a maximum of 3 credits of supervised internship credits toward the degree requirements for the program.



FMPR 691 Research-Creation Thesis (24.00)

Cinematic Arts MFA Studio Courses

FMPR 620 Film Production I (3.00)
FMPR 621 Film Production II (3.00)
FMPR 622 Film Production III (3.00)
FMPR 623 Film Production IV (3.00)
FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3.00)

Cinematic Arts MFA Studio Courses

FMPR 630 Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction (3.00)
FMPR 640 Special Topics in Fiction Practices (3.00)

MFA Cinematic Arts Internship and Independent Study Courses

FMPR 661 Professional Internship (3.00)
FMPR 671 Independent Study (3.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is three terms of full-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic regulations page for
    further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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