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MFA Creative Producing

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

28680 USD
28680 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 110 USD
School of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The Film MFA Program in Creative Producing is a three-year program that takes advantage of Columbia’s unique geography at the center of the independent film world, with the mission of creating the next generation of producers.

The program emphasizes the role of the producer as the creative force behind a project, requiring business skills, the ability to form creative collaborations and an understanding of an ever-changing marketplace.

Our faculty consists of working producers in film and digital media, who bring to the program a wealth of day-to-day practical knowledge in all areas of producing film and television including script development, finance, physical production, distribution, and new technologies.

Students share a common first year with students in the Screenwriting/Directing MFA program, reflecting the faculty’s belief that the best training for producers includes work in all of these disciplines. It also builds friendships and professional collaborations that last throughout the program and beyond, and fosters the environment of mutual support and respect that we believe is essential to the creation of film.

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Eligibility Criteria

International applicants should have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, and should understand idiomatic English and speak, write, and read English with a high degree of facility.

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Course Modules

The first-year courses include workshops in producing, directing, screenwriting, and directing the actor. Studio classes are comprised of a maximum of 12 students and the emphasis is on hands-on, process-oriented creative work.

The first semester culminates in a 3–5-minute film which each student writes and directs.

The culminating project of the first year is an 8–12-minute film. Each student directs a film from their own screenplay or one written by another student in their class. Additionally, every student must act as producer on a film other than the one he or she directs. Several courses in the first-year curriculum help to generate and prepare these scripts for filming in the summer of the first year.

A critique of all the finished films begins the second year of study. In the second-year curriculum, students immerse themselves in courses whose primary focus is the producing of feature films, with the concurrent study of television and new media. They may also take courses in screenwriting and television writing, sample courses open to cross-registration at the Columbia Business School, courses in other programs of the School of the Arts and throughout the University as electives. Every student must take at least one course in film history/theory/criticism (HTC) prior to graduation.

The required 60 credits of coursework must be completed in the first two years. In the third or thesis year, students must work on the production of at least three films, one of which is their thesis. Each student is required to be the sole producer of his or her thesis film. Students are also required to complete an internship working for a production or distribution company.

Students in the thesis period are no longer taking courses for credit, but they meet regularly with their advisors for intense developmental work on their thesis ideas, take thesis preparation classes, and may take elective master classes with guest filmmakers. Topics regularly offered in master classes include contract law for producers, advanced post-production for producers, feature budgeting, and scheduling. Shorter master classes are offered by a range of internationally recognized filmmakers.

Students leave the School with a portfolio of produced films, and in many cases a feature film project they have developed that is ready to be produced. Our graduates are highly employable, and enjoy a reputation as the most versatile and cutting edge of the current crop of young producers, cementing our reputation as one of the most comprehensive producing programs of any film school in the world.

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How to Apply

1.Completed Application: Must be submitted online.

2. Undergraduate Transcript:
Please upload a scanned copy of your undergraduate transcript to the online application system. No other transcripts are required, though applicants may submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended if they wish. Do not mail official paper transcripts prior to an offer of admission. Official Transcripts are only required after an applicant has been admitted to the School of the Arts, and must be received by June 30, 2017. To be considered official, transcripts must include the institution’s seal or stamp and must be submitted in an unopened envelope, signed or stamped across the seal. If an applicant’s name has changed since the undergraduate degree was received, the Admissions Office must be notified of the change at [email protected], so that the transcript can be correctly added to the applicant’s file. Any offer of admission will be provisional until we receive your official undergraduate transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution at the time they matriculate into the School of the Arts.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation: Online submission of the letters of recommendation is preferred. If you are not utilizing the online submission method, the letter of recommendation form may be downloaded here. Fill out the applicant portion of the recommendation form, and provide it and a self-addressed stamped envelope to each recommender. Recommenders can be undergraduate, graduate, or professional contacts; they should be people who can speak to your creative ability and potential. Request that they: (1) enclose the recommendation; (2) seal the envelope; (3) sign their name or place their stamp across the seal; and (4) mail or give the envelope directly to you. All recommenders must meet the deadline. If they do not, the applicant will incur a late materials fee. If your recommender does not wish to send the envelope directly to you, they must send it directly to:

Columbia University School of the Arts
Admissions Office
305 Dodge Hall, MC 1808
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

They must write your full name and date of birth on the letter. Again, all recommenders must meet the deadline.

4. Creative Materials Required for Application: Please click below for a list of creative materials that are required for each program. All submitted creative materials must clearly bear the applicant's name, date of birth, name of program to which he or she is applying, and title of the material (dramatic writing sample, autobiographical essay, etc). The School of the Arts does not provide portfolio or application material reviews.

Film MFA
Film Studies MA
Theatre MFA
Visual Arts MFA
Writing MFA
Interdepartmental Program: Sound Arts

5. $110 Online Application Fee: This may be paid by credit card when submitting an application online; or by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and denominated in U.S. dollars. Checks and money orders must be made payable to Columbia University. . We cannot accept postal money orders. Applicants should be sure to write the program and, if applicable, the concentration to which they are applying on the check or money order; if the check is that of an individual other than the applicant, the applicant's full name must be included as well. Application fees are nonrefundable and cannot be waived; no application can be processed without the application fee.

Presentation of Materials
Our Admissions Committees take note, among other factors, of the professionalism of your presentation and the appropriateness of your materials to our specific requirements. Do not add or substitute items and do not exceed length limitations. Please do not use permanent bindings, notebooks, or oversize paper. Unless requested, please also staple together the pages of each requirement, but do not staple all requirements to each other.

Responsibility for Materials
Please keep copies of all materials submitted. Do not send your only copy.

All materials included in a School of the Arts application become the property of Columbia University. The School of the Arts will not return any submitted creative materials. Applicants should note that the School is not responsible for the transportation and safekeeping of materials submitted for review; applicants send all materials at their own risk.

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