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About the MFA in Cinematic Arts

Learn about the program structure and admission requirements for new MFA in Cinematic Arts offered through the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Program structure

MFA (45 credits)

Degree requirements

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

15 credits of Required Courses:

  • FMPR 620 Film Production I – Research-creation Methods (3.00)
  •  FMPR 621 Film Production II  – Image Aesthetics (3.00)
  • FMPR 622 Film Production III  – Sound Aesthetics (3.00)
  • FMPR 623 Film Production IV – Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Processes (3.00)
  • FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3.00)

6 credits of Elective Courses

  • 3 credits chosen from the Cinematic Arts MFA electives 
  • 3 credits from outside the program

24 credits of Research-Creation Thesis

The thesis encompasses two synthesized components: a major creative production and a written component. The creative production may be presented in a variety of cinematic idioms and platforms. It does not have a required length as this may vary depending upon the chosen medium. The written component demonstrates knowledge of prevailing practices, precedents, and theoretical frameworks, as they relate to the creative production.

Admission requirements

BFA or BA with 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.
  • In all cases, the student’s undergraduate experience and proficiency must be relevant to the area in which they plan to specialize at the graduate level.
  • 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.
  • Please note that the artistic production and written component of the Research-Creation thesis may be produced and written in French.

All applicants to the MFA must submit the following:

  • Portfolio of creative cinematic work (max. 45 minutes)
  • Letter of intent (max. 500 words)
  • 5-page thesis proposal, outlining the themes, research focus, and feasibility.  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three letters of reference.

Applicants may be requested to attend an interview with the graduate committee.

Completed applications, including all supporting documents, must be submitted by January 20. Admission is for the Fall term only, and for full-time residence only.



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