The MFA program admits an average of 25 students every fall semester.
The M.F.A. program is designed to train the next generation of independent media-makers, through the creation of intelligent, informed and visually stimulating short digital films in documentary or fiction. Students will direct thesis projects in the second year that they write during the first two semesters in the program. Students are also required to elect a secondary area of interest from the specialization areas of Cinematography, Editing and Producing and support one other thesis production in one of these roles.
The application process is highly competitive and the program attracts a diverse student population from New York, other regions of the United States, as well as countries across the globe. Applicants to the MFA Program in Media Arts Production must have a BA or BFA degree with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA in the major. Undergraduate training in film & video include courses in the following subjects or the equivalent in work/industry experience: film history and theory; screenwriting; advanced digital motion picture production, film editing, digital editing, directing for fiction film and video; and documentary production.
Such workshops are offered through colleges and media arts organizations around the country, and will count as pre-requisite “experience” -- our program does not accept transfer credits for courses taken at other colleges, universities or institutions, nor do we admit on a non-matriculated, exchange, CUNY-BA or audit basis.
For prospective students who may not have an academic degree (or complete background) in film/video, we recommend the following media arts organizations for completing most of our pre-requisite courses:
The application requires submission of the following:
- CUNY Application for The Humanities & Arts (includes a personal statements)
- Media Arts Production Supplemental Application (includes 2 additional statements)
- Online Video Portfolio (direct link to entire website, or up to 4 URLs to video samples) - no dvds.
- 2 letters of recommendation - must be from academia (unless separated from school for over 10 years)
- For international students: TOEFL (minimum score of 575 written; 91 IBT) or IELTS (minimum score of 7).
- Official transcripts (and translations, if applicable for international students) from all previous schools.
- Optional written sample/script (.pdf upload)
- Resume (.pdf upload)
The application deadline is March 1st - apply online via (paper applications no longer available):