MFA in Filmmaking

New York Film Academy
United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
January May September
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

  • Students must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education or a college or university outside of the U.S. that is recognized as a degree-granting institution by their respective governments.

English Language Requirements:

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher (213 for computer-based test or 79 for internet-based test); IELTS 6.5 or the equivalent.
  • A report from a valid English Language School verifying completion of course level equivalent to a 550 Paper-based TOEFL Score.
  • In the case that the documentation is not available, a New York Film Academy representative will use a phone or in-person interview as an opportunity to determine whether or not the applicant has the necessary English language proficiency.


Semester One

  • Film Aesthetics I
  • Cinematography I
  • Editing I
  • Production Workshop
  • Screenwriting I
  • Acting for Directors
  • Cinema Studies

Semester Two

  • Film Aesthetics II
  • Cinematography II
  • Collaboration Workshop
  • Editing II
  • Screenwriting II
  • Producing I

Semester Three

  • Intermediate Film Production
  • Intermediate Film Post-Production
  • Elements of Feature Screenwriting
  • Sound Design
  • Master’s Thesis Development

Semester Four: Thesis Option A

  • Advanced Directing
  • Advanced Cinematography
  • Producing II
  • Feature Screenwriting I
  • Screenwriting Short Thesis I
  • Psychology of Film

Semester Five: Thesis Option A

  • Directing the Thesis Film
  • Producing the Thesis Film
  • Feature Screenwriting II
  • Screenwriting Short Thesis II
  • Designing the Thesis Film
  • Master’s Thesis Production I

Semester Six: Thesis Option A

  • Master’s Thesis Production II
  • Thesis Film Post-Production
  • Feature Screenwriting III
  • Master’s Professional Development:
  • Navigating the Industry

Semester Four: Thesis Option B

  • Advanced Directing
  • Feature Producing I
  • Writing the Feature Screenplay I
  • Feature Scheduling & Budgeting
  • Pitching, Business Plans &
  • Television Show Bibles
  • Business Affairs

Semester Five: Thesis Option B

  • Advanced Cinematography
  • Master’s Production Design
  • Feature Producing II
  • Writing the Feature Screenplay II
  • Financial Reporting
  • Marketing & Distribution Models

Semester Six: Thesis Option B

  • Directing the Feature
  • Feature Thesis Development
  • Feature Logistics & Workflow
  • Feature Thesis Prep

Semester Seven: Thesis Option B

  • Feature Thesis Production
  • Feature Thesis Post
  • Feature Delivery

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