M.F.A. in Television Production
The M.F.A. in television production provides students with the theoretical and practical background needed to become writers, directors and producers across platforms: from the established media industry to the evolving movement of independent television. We encourage our students to tell their own stories, develop their own audiences and to build their own networks. The program explores the larger social and cultural contexts which frame creative endeavors and emphasize critical analysis of media and history of visual storytelling. Our multi faceted curriculum exposes students to a wide range of existing genres of fiction and nonfiction storytelling as well as introduces them to new and evolving forms, such as virtual and transmedia storytelling. Students move seamlessly between single and multiple camera formats. They write, research, develop, direct and produce fiction and nonfiction narratives, comedy and drama pilots, documentaries and webisodes, and utilize our high definition television studio to create live-streaming internet broadcasts. Our incoming students bring to the classroom a wide range of ideas, skills and backgrounds. Many are experienced visual storytellers, others are writers and artists with little production experience. Together they are determined to find the appropriate artistic expression of their viewpoints and beliefs about the world.
The program covers the following aspects:
- Content development
- Producing, directing, and writing
- Media aesthetics and criticism
- Single and multiple camera production
- Non-linear post-production
Moreover, students also gain knowledge in HD field cameras, audio operations and lighting design. Thesis productions are aired on New York City broadcast television stations and cable systems and have won awards internationally at video and documentary festivals.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/university attended. Minimum GPA of 3.00
- Two letters of recommendation
- Writing sample, such as an essay about media, a scholarly paper or a media script
- Statement of Purpose (500–1,000 words) that describes experience, interest and professional objectives
- Working professionals are encouraged to submit examples of creative work (print or electronic).
- For international students: TOEFL (paper, computer, Internet) 582, 267, 92
The priority application deadline for fall 2017 is February 15. Rolling admissions thereafter until May 15.
These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2017 semester.
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The M.F.A. in television production requires that students enroll full time. Fifty-one credits are required for the degree. At least 45 credits must be taken in the Television and Radio Department. Of the 51 credits, 45 credits must be taken in departmental required Television and Radio courses; the remaining 6 credits are elective, and must be approved in consultation with the director of the M.F.A. program and the graduate deputy chairperson.
Every M.F.A. student shall be required to successfully complete the department's graduate core, and the Production specialization courses.
The Television Production specialization for M.F.A. students encompasses the following courses (45 credits):
- TVRA 7741G Research and Development. Introduction to Scriptwriting
- TVRA 7752X Single Camera: Directing and Producing
- TVRA 7731G Cinematography and Production Design
- TVRA 7761G Post Production: Theory and Practice
- TVRA 7780X Multi-Camera: Directing and Producing
- TVRA 7742G Advanced Proposal and Script Writing
- TVRA 7754G Single Camera: Advanced Directing and Producing
- TVRA 7783G Advanced Multi-Camera Production I
- TVRA 7756G MFA Single Camera Project: Production
- TVRA 7733G Sound Recording & Design
- TVRA 7784G Advanced Multi-Camera Production II
- TVRA 7764G MFA Single Camera Project: Post-Production
The remaining 6 credits are elective.
M.F.A. students may offer 3 credits of a Television Production Externship (Television and Radio 7799X) toward the M.F.A. degree. This externship provides on-the-job production experience under the supervision of a selected television professional.
Creative work in the program must culminate in submission of two projects: multi-camera and single camera productions. The specific parameters of the student's creative thesis project must be formally approved by the graduate deputy chairperson in consultation with the student's faculty adviser. This audiovisual material shall meet the professional production and content standards appropriate for granting a terminal academic degree. The project will be accompanied by a production book acceptable to the department.
Courses in the Television and Radio Department offered toward a degree must be 7000-level courses.
For all information and advisement, contact:
Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies