The most unique aspect of our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in film is the integration of film production with the intellectual study of cinema through a regimen of film history, film culture, and film theory courses.
You will be called upon to excel in both these areas. Students are encouraged to be creative, and articulate, and above all, curious about cinema.
The program doesn’t impose an aesthetic or critical agenda; rather, it encourages you to explore the medium of film in an intelligent yet personal way, fully aware of its history and potential. This exploration will culminate in the M.F.A. thesis project, which consists of a film and a written thesis statement.
The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach through exposure to the areas of video, photography, computer art, sound, music composition, creative writing, drama, women’s studies, and African American studies. The objective is to develop a plan of study that puts together a course package designed to support each student's unique talents and interests and to compliment the required courses that constitute the rest of the curriculum.
During the course of graduate study, you are required to produce a minimum of three films, including a final graduate project film, and to present these films to the faculty at portfolio review sessions Prospective students should be aware of the costs involved in filmmaking. Although we provide all of the facilities needed to produce films, we do not provide any materials or lab costs.
Film students have 24-hour access to postproduction facilities. The program supports work in 16mm and Super 16mm film, DV, 24p, and HDV video. Students interested in 35mm filmmaking can pursue this in a semester-long program with FAMU (the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague, Czech Republic, though Syracuse University Abroad.
Our M.F.A. program is relatively small. There are usually eight to twelve students actively participating in the program. Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with one another and with the faculty in an intimate learning environment.