Build Advanced Filmmaking Skills at NYFA
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking program is a highly specialized degree with intensive study in narrative storytelling, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, producing, and post-production sound design. Students learn-by-doing in this hands-on graduate degree, mastering traditional and digital film while tackling challenging creative film projects of increasing complexity.
Students get the opportunity to learn how to demonstrate a unique vision and gain mastery in cinematic storytelling skills and film production. The Filmmaking graduate program is rigorous and designed for students who can commit themselves to a full-time, focused, and demanding curriculum.
The curriculum for the MFA in filmmaking at NYFA includes:
- Advanced coursework in classes such as Advanced Directing, Screenwriting Short Thesis, Master’s Professional Development, Sound Design, and more
- Instruction and critique by award-winning faculty and staff actively working in the film industry
- Consistent access to an equipment library with industry-standard cameras, dollies, light kits, sound equipment, and more
- Exclusive guest lectures from top film industry Directors, Actors, Producers, Cinematographers, and more
To obtain a full breakdown of the courses within the MFA program, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.
The MFA degree in Filmmaking is an accelerated two-year, six or seven semester program.
In addition to writing a feature-length script of 90-120 pages, students produce ten films through the program’s duration, including a master’s thesis film. These film projects reflect core film structures and formats, such as Mise en Scène, Continuity, Montage, POV, etc. Students also have the opportunity to work on 28 student films in various production roles such as director of photography, assistant camera operator, and gaffer, rounding out their experience.
For a full list of filmmaking projects, see our film projects on the MFA page.
The MFA curriculum is supported by History and Theory Courses. To learn more, visit NYFA’s History and Theory Courses page.
The MFA program is available at our campuses in Los Angeles and South Beach.
3300 W Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505 NYFA South Beach
420 Lincoln Rd STE 200
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.