An MFA degree in just one year. Cinema & Media production
Please note that we will not be accepting applications to the MFA in Cinema & Media Production program for Fall 2019 while we refresh and retool the curriculum. We encourage prospective students to learn more about our other curricular offerings.
Focused and intensive, the Boston University Master of Fine Arts program in Cinema and Media Production is unique. You finish in 15 months, instead of two to three years as at other programs. Ours is a an advanced, challenging program designed for students already experienced and committed to a career in film, television, and new media production, seeking to take their careers to the next level. The program is ideal for those with an undergraduate degree in narrative film, television production, or with significant production experience.
Ready to tell stories cinematically?
Cinemathèque is a series of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and television-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs.
Students specialize in one of two tracks: Directing or Cinematography, as they work on exceptional thesis projects that will launch their professional careers. Students are empowered to think beyond traditional short films and develop unique, compelling productions that could translate to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple, and other new media outlets.
You will step into the role of a working director or cinematographer in an intensive environment that embraces cross-disciplinary teamwork. This program enables students to find their distinct creative voice and professional style: two invaluable assets to a growing portfolio and a developing career.
Directors add versatility to their experience with significant coursework and training in producing, which enhances employability and prepares students to have the option to become creative producers or producer-directors.
The first two semesters (summer and fall) lay the groundwork for production. In the summer, which starts in early June, you become a crew member on current students’ thesis projects. You will spend your summer learning on set, gaining the skills and experience you need to thrive in this program and beyond. You’ll also engage in project-oriented workshops, focusing on directing/producing or cinematography.
During the fall semester, directors collaborate with faculty to develop thesis project concepts, and cinematographers develop advanced skills and collaborate on the production of several projects with directors. You’ll form a production team once thesis concepts are chosen.
In the third (spring) semester, students get into thesis project preparation mode — they dive into the casting process, scout locations, come up with shooting plans and visual concepts, as well as fundraising, promoting, scheduling, and budgeting.
The fourth (summer) semester is devoted to production, editing, and completion of your project, wrapping up by the end of August.
Directors focus on directing one project and producing an additional project. Cinematographers act as directors of photography on one thesis project, while contributing to camera or grip/electric crew for at least two other projects. After fifteen months in this collaborative environment, you leave with a professional quality media project. You’ll also have a keen understanding of how to tell stories and create for today’s media world.
The Redstones feature film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from the Boston University’s Department of Film and Television.
Shorter duration, long on results.
BU’s 15-month program saves you time (and, not coincidentally, money). But if the success of our students and alumni is any indication, it works.
Our graduate students have received numerous, prestigious awards and accolades, including recognition by the Student Academy Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and American Cinema Editors (ACE). Four students have placed first in the ACE student editing competition and our students’ films have screened at festivals all over the world. Professionally, our alumni have gone on to success throughout the media business in positions from executive to creative.
Is it for you?
The BU MFA in Cinema and Media Production is for professionals who are driven, adaptable, fresh thinking, and ready to lead. You must have experience or an undergraduate degree in film, television, or new media. You must be ready to advance your skills and create an exceptional thesis production to help launch your career. We encourage you to think beyond traditional student short films — in our program, you could develop an innovative concept that could translate into projects for streaming platforms and other new media outlets. If that’s you, prepare to take the next step in making your mark professionally.
Boston University’s College of Communication has created an innovative, 15-month Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Media Production. Get more information on our graduate programs and the application process.