MFA Film Program

*Note: This is a full-time program and does not offer courses or admit students on a part-time or non-matriculate basis. Admission is only offered for the fall semester.

The Master in Film, (MFA) is a 54 credit program, which prepares students to be professionals in dissecting the film and television production and learn the process of media programming.

CCNY’s MFA Program in Film has been called by The New York Times, “one of New York’s best kept secrets.” Our students have won student Oscars and Emmys, and have been invited to numerous prestigious films festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Edinburgh, Berlin, London, Moscow, Munich, Tribeca, Rotterdam, and South By Southwest. We are very proud of our students and we continue to support their efforts and applaud their successes long after graduation.

The M.F.A. program mentors a small, selective group of students to become the next generation of original voices in independent filmmaking. We foster the creation of compelling, daring, and visually stimulating short films in documentary or fiction. Ours is a hands-on program where students workshop their ideas in the field, directing their own short films and crewing on those of classmates.

Ideal student students are those passionate about the documentary form and recognize it as a vehicle for creative, original storytelling and social change.  Our program attracts and supports students from all over the world from a variety of cultural backgrounds; the diversity and international nature of our program seems to exceed that of virtually any other film school.

Total Credits: 54

GRE Required: No

Minimum Language Test Scores: 577 (TOEFL PBT), 90-91 (TOEFL IBT), 7 (IELTS), 61 (PTE) or 110 (Duolingo)

Degree Awarded: M.F.A.

Supporting Documents Required:


  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • If the applicant's undergraduate degree is not in the field, foundational courses in film/video production and the history/aesthetics of cinema are required.
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Creative Portfolio of film and/or video work must be submitted with the application
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for a personal interview by the departmental Graduate Committee
  • GRE Required: No
  • Minimum Language Test Scores:
Petersons (PTE) 61
Duolingo 110

Program Advisors: Professor Antonio
Assistant Director of MFA Film Program, April Gatling-Joffee  

For more information, please visit the Program Website.



Last Updated: 09/07/2023 12:45