Degree
  • M.F.A
Department
  • Film and Mass Media

Overview

The Emerging Media – Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema, M.F.A. is a terminal degree, the highest degree awarded to filmmakers or film artists. It is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional film production program for visual artists and film practitioners who demonstrate exceptional artistic and intellectual prowess, evidence of significant professional promise and a commitment to the expressive potential of digital filmmaking and the exploration of non-traditional modes of distribution. The M.F.A. degree produces graduates with mastery of storytelling through the digital medium as it encourages the candidate to find his or her personal style. Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema emphasizes story, performance, aesthetic choice, business, and creative thinking. When participation is committed and complete, the program develops graduates who can compete in the worlds of national and international independent filmmaking.

The Emerging Media MFA track in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema is a three-year cohort style program (six full-time semesters excluding summers) and students must progress through the program by taking required classes in particular semesters. The program requires a minimum of 66 credit hours, including 48 required credit hours, 6 elective credit hours, and 12 credit hours devoted to the thesis project.

While students may make a thesis film outside the narrative feature film model (i.e., an experimental or documentary film), all MFA candidates are required to take the core and specialized courses that teach the customs and skills required of the narrative model. Upon completion of the degree, each student will have produced a microbudget (<$50,000) digital feature film or long-form equivalent body of work and prepared a marketing strategy for its distribution and exhibition. The budgetary limitation is designed to encourage the student to move away from more traditional modes of production toward an approach that minimizes crew size, cast size, shooting time and production costs in favor of more careful planning, more personal filmmaking and more creative use of the means of production.

The thesis film requires intensive applied learning to be completed as a feature length project or long-form equivalent body of work. Additionally, the thesis project has a strong research component both in the initial development phase and in the creation of the distribution and marketing plan for the project. This final stage of the curriculum serves as a bridge to the professional world and supports the entrepreneurial philosophy of the program.For more information please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Examples of student feature film projects.