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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film in Miami, FL

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Overview of our MFA in Film

New York Film Academy South Beach’s MFA in Film is an accelerated six- or seven-semester, conservatory-based, full-time graduate study program located in a culturally rich neighborhood of Miami. Designed to educate committed prospective filmmakers in a hands-on, total immersion, professional environment, New York Film Academy South Beach’s MFA in Film degree program provides a creative setting in which to challenge, inspire, and perfect the talents of its student body. The optional seventh semester allows students the opportunity to film and edit their own original feature film, which they shoot in and around Miami.

Filmmaking students follow an intensive curriculum and achieve multiple learning and production goals. In a combination of hands-on classroom education and intense film shoots, students acquire a sound understanding and appreciation of motion picture arts and aesthetics, and learn to integrate knowledge into professional experience.

Learning Objectives

Upon graduation from the MFA Film program, students will:
  • Demonstrate a unique vision and mastery of cinematic storytelling skills through the creation of professional level media productions.
  • Demonstrate advanced comprehension of cinematographic techniques and concepts.
  • Demonstrate advanced comprehension of post-production techniques and concepts.
  • Demonstrate advanced comprehension of production management techniques and concepts required to produce film and media productions.
  • Demonstrate advanced ability to write narrative scripts for cinema productions.
  • Exhibit effective directing skills required to realize convincing performances from actors.
  • Demonstrate proper use of critical analysis and leadership skills to determine the best methods of on-set crew management and the ability to collaborate with others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional conduct and industry mores.
  • Exhibit academic and professional knowledge of historical and contemporary film styles. Use of this knowledge will allow students to understand how one’s work embraces or challenges existing film styles.

Year One

In Year One, MFA Film students undergo a thorough regimen of class work and film production that lays the groundwork for a professional life in the film arts. From the first day of class, students are immersed in a hands-on environment that empowers them to artfully tell their stories. Through a sequence of classes, students begin to work through a number of visual, dramatic, and technical challenges. They rapidly learn the fundamental creative and technical skills they need to make a film. All students participate in an intensive series of courses in Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Cinematography, and Digital Editing to prepare them for more advanced topics and projects in Year Two.

Year Two

Coursework in the second year includes a series of highly specialized classes designed to further develop students’ knowledge and skills as professional filmmakers. Students are required to pursue one of two thesis options for the remainder of the degree program. While each thesis option differs in the length of completion, they are equivalent in scope and content. The final thesis is intended to reflect the student’s strengths as a filmmaker and should be of professional quality. All students are expected to have a role in multiple thesis productions, besides their own. Students who select Thesis Option B will also be required to enroll in a seventh semester to complete their project.

Thesis Options

Thesis Option A: Short Form Thesis Film
Students must direct and edit a short form Thesis Film of up to thirty minutes in length.

Thesis Option B: Feature Length Film Production
In semesters four, five, and six, Option B students must develop and present a completed script draft, business plan for funding, shooting schedule, and detailed budget for a feature project to be shot in the following semester. Students will then direct and complete post-production of their feature films in a paid seventh semester.


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