American University

School of Communication

Film and Media Arts


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.F.A. - Film and Electronic Media; M.A. - Film and Video; M.A. - Producing for Film and Video

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Located in Washington DC, the School of Communication (SOC) at American University prepares students for a professional career. SOC's award-winning faculty, which consists of 42 full-time faculty, includes Emmy and Oscar winners, Fulbright scholars, and renowned documentary filmmakers whose work has appeared on Discovery and National Geographic channels and IMAX movie theaters. SOC's Film and Media Arts division offers an MA in Film and Video (36 credits), MFA in Film and Electronic Media (54 credits), and an MA in Producing Film and Video (30 credits). The MA in Film and Video may be completed on a full-time basis in two years or students may choose to attend part time. The MFA in Film and Electronic Media, a terminal degree for those interested in teaching, may be completed on a full-time basis in three years or students may choose to attend part time. The MA in Producing Film and Video, designed for working professionals, is completed in 20 months. During graduate study, film students may participate in the Summer in LA program or spend a semester studying film production in Prague. SOC students typically complete one internship for credit during the course of their study, but participate in at least one additional internship because of the myriad opportunities available. SOC students have interned at organizations such as National Geographic and Discovery.


The Film programs at American University are a member of the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT).

International Student Requirements:

International students must demonstrate their proficiency in English with the following test scores on the TOEFL exam: minimum 100 on the IBT, minimum 250 on the computer based test, or minimum 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam. SOC also accepts a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam. International students must have completed (or may be in the processes of completing) a four-year undergraduate degree. Three-year degrees will not be considered for application to SOC's graduate programs.

Facts & Figures

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1299.00 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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