The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to teach at the university level or compete in the ever-changing landscape of the motion picture industry. The program emphasizes production skills through both a series of production seminars and the thesis project. In addition, students are required to take courses in writing, history, and theory in order to create a more well-rounded education. Students are expected to enroll full time and take nine credits a semester. Students complete two years of full-time coursework. In their third year, students write, direct, produce, and edit a thesis film (approximately 30 minutes).
About the MFA Program
The M.F.A. program is a three-year, full-time program. Students complete two years of full-time course work before they begin the thesis project in the third year.
- One of the lowest tuition rates in the country for both in-state and out-of-state tuition
- Highly competitive, accepting no more than ten new students each year.
- Small class sizes mean an intimate program, with lots of contact with faculty.
- The latest in digital filmmaking technology.
- Dedicated, award-winning faculty.
- 24/7 access to production facilities, including dedicated editing suites, sound recording booth, two sound stages with green screens, and computer labs.
- A structured curriculum allows students to build up their knowledge and focus on taking classes, not planning class schedules.
- Every student directs their own thesis project
- Strong working relationship with the Little Rock and Hot Springs Documentary film festivals.
- Graduates employed across the country from New York to New Orleans to Los Angeles
- Graduate assistantships available for qualified students
Tuition and Fees
With a base tuition of $255/credit hr (in-state) or $510/credit hr (out-of-state), the MFA program at UCA is one of the most affordable options available in the country. For more information on current tuition rates click here. Students from states bordering Arkansas pay in-state tuition rates. In addition, any out of state student who chooses to live on campus is also eligible for in-state tuition.
Students may be eligible for graduate assistantships. Information about other forms of financial aid, including loans, may be obtained from UCA’s Financial Aid Office, 501- 450-3140. Students receiving graduate assistantships and other forms of financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine their combined financial package.
To qualify for an assistantship, a student should have achieved an excellent academic record and completed substantial coursework in the major field. The number of graduate assistantships offered is based on available funding. Students interested in a graduate assistantship should complete a graduate assistantship application and submit it with the graduate school application.
In accordance with the guidelines established in the Graduate Bulletin, up to 15 hours of graduate work from an accredited institution may be accepted at UCA, subject to approval by the graduate dean and the department chair. All transfer hours must be in courses for which an equivalent exists at UCA. Students may be requested to provide support materials, including relevant course syllabi. Thesis hours may not be transferred.
Students admitted with a completed MA or MS degree in film production (or closely related area) may transfer up to 18 hours of graduate course work, subject to approval by the graduate dean and the department chair. All transfer hours must be in courses for which an equivalent exists at UCA. Students may be requested to provide support materials, including relevant course syllabi. Thesis hours may not be transferred. In accordance with the Graduate Bulletin, a minimum of 24 hours credit in residence at UCA is required.
To inquire about on and off campus housing arrangments, please visit the UCA Housing Page. There are many housing options available for Graduate Students including on-campus apartments and family housing units.
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