M.F.A. degree program in cinema arts
HEGIS code 1010
NYS SED program code 36817

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Wacks, Jonathan Professor     jpwacks @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  

 

Admission Requirements

Department Feirstein Graduate School Of Cinema
Fall Application Deadline January 15th
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
You may apply to up to two MFA film disciplines, indicating your first choice. Please note that students are accepted into only one discipline and once accepted, are not able to transfer into another discipline.

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Resume
- Statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Portfolio (submit at https://feirsteincinema.slideroom.com)

Statement of Purpose instructions:
Write a three- to four-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in cinema arts. This is your opportunity to articulate your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to pursuing an MFA in cinema arts. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.

Portfolio instructions:
Submit the portfolio at SlideRoom, https://feirsteincinema.slideroom.com.
1. Submit a reel of short films and/or animated work that you have personally created, or collaborated on, not to exceed 15 minutes (Note: You must specify your role on each film submitted);
OR
2. Submit a portfolio of up to 20 images that you have created: paintings, sculptures, illustrations or digital;
OR
3. Submit a screenplay of a short animated film that you would like to create.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 600, 250, 100
Examinations

 

The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema offers a master of fine arts degree in cinema arts with a concentration in one of the following areas: producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, post-production, or digital animation and visual effects. The three-year, 66-credit program prepares students for professional careers in their area of concentration through a combination of practical and theoretical courses.

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Matriculation Requirements
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Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree satisfy the undergraduate requirements of this program. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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Degree Requirements:
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66 credits are required for the degree.

All students in the directing, cinematography, producing, screenwriting and post-production tracks must complete the following courses:

All of the following FILM 7013G, 7014G, 7015G, 7023G, 7801G, 7942G, 7964G

In addition, students must complete requirements in one concentration as follows:

Directing

All of the following courses: FILM 7101G, 7111G, 7121G, 7141G, 7201G, 7202G, 7301G, 7821G, 7831G, 7951G, 7961G
and
Two of the following courses: FILM 7011G, 7012G, 7021G, 7022G, 7502G, 7514G, 7522G, 7523G, 7901G, 7902G, 7903G, 7911G, 7912G, 7913G, 7921G, 7922G, 7923G

Cinematography

All of the following courses: FILM 7201G, 7202G, 7211G, 7221G, 7231G, 7302G, 7522G, 7523G, 7811G, 7821G, 7831G, 7951G, 7961G
and
One of the following courses: FILM 7011G, 7012G, 7021G, 7022G, 7502G, 7514G, 7522G, 7523G, 7901G, 7902G, 7903G, 7911G, 7912G, 7913G, 7921G, 7922G, 7923G

Producing

All of the following courses: FILM 7302G, 7401G, 7411G, 7412G, 7422G, 7423G, 7431G, 7531G, 7811G, 7831G, 7951G, 7961G
and
Two of the following courses: FILM 7011G, 7012G, 7021G, 7022G, 7502G, 7514G, 7522G, 7523G, 7901G, 7902G, 7903G, 7911G, 7912G, 7913G, 7921G, 7922G, 7923G

Screenwriting

All of the following courses: FILM 7301G, 7302G, 7303G, 7311G, 7312G, 7321G, 7322G, 7323G, 7331G, 7332G, 7811G, 7952G, 7962G
and
One of the following courses: FILM 7011G, 7012G, 7021G, 7022G, 7502G, 7514G, 7522G, 7523G, 7901G, 7902G, 7903G, 7911G, 7912G, 7913G, 7921G, 7922G, 7923G

Post-Production

All of the following courses: FILM 7302G, 7501G, 7502G, 7512G, 7513G, 7514G, 7521G, 7522G, 7523G, 7524G, 7531G, 7953G, 7963G
and
One of the following courses: FILM 7011G, 7012G, 7021G, 7022G, 7502G, 7514G, 7522G, 7523G, 7901G, 7902G, 7903G, 7911G, 7912G, 7913G, 7921G, 7922G, 7923G

Digital Animation and Visual Effects:

All of the following courses: Film 7005G, 7014G, 7015G, 7601G, 7611G, 7612G, 7613G, 7614G, 7621G, 7622G, 7624G, 7631G, 7634G, 7943G, 7955G, 7965G, 7966G

and

Four elective courses*

* Examples of Digital Animation & Visual Effects Advanced Discipline Electives:

3D Character Animation 1,
3D Character Animation 2
Typography, Design, and Motion Graphics
Motion Capture
Picture Editing
Screenwriting
Directing Actors
Sound Editing and Design
Lighting Workshop
3D Computer Animation 4
Hybrid Animation
Experimental Animation
Theories of Animation & VFX