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Degree Requirements

MPS Directing is a one-year master’s program in film directing and is designed to provide a holistic approach to the director’s craft. Students will develop the intellectual and practical tools for directing film. The curriculum focuses on the art of visual storytelling: story development from script to screen, directing actors, and understanding and utilizing cinematic tools to create a compelling visual narrative. With the guidance of our award-winning faculty, students cultivate original ideas for successful, inventive films. The course of study also addresses the historical and critical context of film as an art form, its political and socio-cultural dimensions, and comparative study of theories for understanding film and video.


Developed for the working professional, classes are held Monday through Thursday in the evening; Friday is reserved for studio time, guest lectures, critiques, demonstrations and site visits. Additional class time may be scheduled as needed to allow for guest presentations or workshops.


Degree candidates must successfully complete 30 credits, including all required courses. Thesis films must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.

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