The M.F.A. in television production prepares students for professional media careers as writers, producers, directors, and editors. This production-based curriculum exposes students to many program genres including, but not limited to, documentary, drama, news, sports, art and cultural, experimental, and demonstration. Students develop content and produce and direct both single and multiple camera, live switched productions. The M. F. A. program is built on a foundation of production aesthetics, critical analysis, and media literacy. Students are taught how to create programs that inform, entertain, and instruct audiences by interpreting content through a social, political and economic perspective.
Our graduates work as media professionals in broadcast, cable, and institutional production and post-production facilities. Many of our graduates continue their careers as faculty members at the college and university level.
Applicants must offer a well-rounded undergraduate record of at least a 3.0 GPA that suggests promise as a creative communication professional. Each applicant's record is considered individually in this respect.
Applicants must submit an essay about contemporary media and society such as an original essay written to accompany the application, or a 5 - 10 page scholarly paper that was written as an undergraduate. Alternately, applicants may submit a scholarly paper in any subject related to their undergraduate major. Applicants must also submit a biographical statement of 500 to 1000 words that indicates experience, interest, and professional objectives. This statement should provide background information about the applicant and what he/she hopes to achieve by enrolling in the MFA program. In addition the applicant must submit three letters of recommendation.
Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of creative work (print or electronic) in support of their application. However, previous professional or academic media experience is not required for admission to the program.
Prospective students are welcome to visit campus for a personal interview, to attend a graduate production class, and to meet students and faculty, by contacting the Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies. The department MFA admission committee may require an interview of applicants.
International applicants are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 580 on the paper-based test or 237 on the computer-based test or 92 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.
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