Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media
Real World Experiences
Students concentrate on writing, directing, producing, and post-production. This unique MFA program combines academic rigor, professional training, and hands-on filmmaking opportunities at both the University of Georgia in Athens and at the Georgia Film Academy at Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios).
Our students work closely with expert faculty in media production, theory and history at Grady College’s Department of Entertainment and Media Studies and the Film Studies Unit in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, students study with working industry professionals at the Georgia Film Academy at Trilith Studios.
6 Semesters of Classes
This MFA unfolds over six consecutive semesters. The first year’s fall, spring, and summer semesters are spent at the University of Georgia in Athens, with one day a week at OFS Studios in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth. The OFS facility is the largest operating soundstage in Georgia. In the second year, students will relocate near Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Forest) — home the Georgia Film Academy — which boasts a state-of-the-art 16,000-square-foot sound stage.
Build Your Portfolio
Faculty and industry mentors guide students as they build their high-quality portfolio of individual and collaborative projects, including a professional final thesis production.
2019 Georgia film industry at a glance
This is the only MFA program for film production at a public university in Georgia and will be offered to students at a comparable tuition rate to other graduate programs at UGA, making it one of the most affordable programs of its caliber in the country.
The production industry in Georgia has never been stronger. The state of Georgia currently ranks among the top three film and television production centers in the nation. For the 2019 fiscal year, Georgia was home to 391 projects with a combined in-state expenditure of $2.9 billion, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Students will enjoy access to world-class film and television production studios at the University of Georgia and at the Georgia Film Academy’s facilities at OFS Studios near Trilith Atlanta Studios. They will work with state-of-the-art production and post-production equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Annual tuition and fees are $16,000 (approximate in state): $41,000 (approximate out of state). Accepted students will also be required to have a laptop and some specialized software. Estimated costs range between $2,000-3,000.
What is the difference between the MFA in Film, Television and Digital Media program and the low residency MFA Program in Narrative Media?
The MFA in Film, Television and Digital Media program is an intensive six semester, two-year residential program in which students will be trained in the above-the-line roles of screenwriting, directing and producing. They will also have coursework in camera and lighting, editing and production design. Students in this program will produce a number of short films, as well as a capstone thesis film or television pilot. If you want to learn a comprehensive set of filmmaking skills and can reside in Athens, Georgia, in year one and near Trilith Studios south of Atlanta, Georgia, in year two, this program may be for you.
The MFA Program in Narrative Media is a 2 ½-year, five semester low-residency program that offers two tracks: Screenwriting and Narrative Nonfiction Writing. Students attend two week-long residencies each year on the Athens campus, one in August and one in January, and then complete the remainder of their work online under the supervision of a faculty writing professor. Screenwriting students in this program will develop at least two full-length screenplays or television pilots. If you are specifically interested in screenwriting, or are unable to relocate for two years, this program may be for you. Please see our MFA in Narrative Media website for more details.
Housing is not covered by tuition and fees. Students are responsible for securing their own housing.
- Year 1 in Athens: There are many options for housing in the Athens area, both on and off campus. This link is a good source for more information about Athens housing: https://sga.uga.edu/uploads/docs/SGA_Student_Housing_Guide.pdf
- Year 2 near Trilith Studios: There are a number of options for housing in year two. Primiere Lofts offers premium apartments in Trilith Village. https://premierelofts.com/ There is also less expensive housing a short distance away in Peachtree City and other surrounding areas.
For more information about the MFA Film Program, please contact Dr. Jeff Springston.
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This is the only MFA program for film production at a public university in Georgia and will be offered to students at a tuition rate comparable to other graduate programs at UGA, making it one of the most affordable programs of its caliber in the country.
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