Master of Fine Arts – Film Production

Master of arts – Film Production


filmcopyThe M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts emphasizes studio film and video productions. In addition to production coursework and projects, students are required to establish a strong theoretical grounding in film history and criticism classes. The Program prepares students for employment in the motion picture industry and/or entry into the teaching profession.

The M.F.A. may take between two and three years for completion. The requirements for graduation consist of a portfolio of work. In addition to the studio portfolio, a written evaluation of the M.F.A. thesis project will be required with a video copy of the candidate’s work deposited with the Film & Media Arts Department. A comprehensive examination in Film History, administered upon completion of formal course work, must be successfully completed.

Applicants selected to attend are all offered Teaching Assistantship Positions with Tuition Benefits included. Levels of Teaching Assistantships vary from year to year. Applicants should email the Program Manager for additional information.

Application Guidelines
The Department of Film & Media Arts accepts applications for admission for fall admittance. Application deadline is December 31st. The online Graduate School application can be found here. To complete the graduate school application you will need the following items:

  1. Transcripts from all prior higher education institutions you have attended. You will be asked to upload your transcripts. If you are accepted to the program you may receive a request to have official transcripts mailed directly to the admissions office.
  2. A sample of critical writing (from any discipline).
  3. A letter of personal intent explaining why you want to go to film school and what you hope to accomplish during your studies here. We are interested in your ideas about filmmaking and how you express yourself in writing.
  4. Three (3) contacts for letters of recommendation (preferably academic).
  5. In addition to the Graduate School application you must submit the following to The Department of Film & Media Arts:
  6. An example of your own work in film or video indicative of your personal creative approach to the medium. Your creative submission should showcase no more than 20 minutes of the best examples of your filmmaking work. At least one complete piece should be included, “reels” or short excerpts of pieces are not preferred by the committee. You may submit your work as a DVD or a URL link. Please include a separate document describing related information (medium, date completed, etc.) and your role in the work submitted (cinematographer, screenwriter, director, etc.). Your creative submission should be mailed to: Film & Media Arts, 375 South 1530 East, Room 270, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 or sent via email to

Any questions about submitting materials can be directed to
Paula Lee, Program Manager

If you have questions about this program, please contact
Connie Wilkerson, Director of Graduate Studies

We look forward to receiving your application.