Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media

The University of Georgia’s new Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media produces highly trained filmmakers ready to give voice to stories that matter in today’s competitive global marketplace.

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).

Multi-Campus Education

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 the OFS Studios in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth. The OFS facility is the largest operating soundstage in Georgia. In the second year, students are in residence at the Town at Trilith (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.

391

film projects in Georgia

51,000

film industry jobs in Georgia

2.9

billion dollar investment in Georgia film industry

1,600

productions credited in Georgia

Program Offerings

At the end of two years, students will graduate ready to assume above-the-line roles in dramatic writing, directing, producing and digital media.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs to participate in the MFA Film program?

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.

When will I hear if I have been accepted into the program?

Students will be informed about acceptance in approximately 8 weeks.

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 the Town at Trilith near Trilith Studios in Fayetteville, 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.

MFA Film students will spend their second year living at the Town at Trilith. Take a look at this amazing community:

Contact

For more information about the MFA Film Program, please contact Dr. Jeff Springston.

Dr. Jeff Springston

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Grady College
Email: jspring@uga.edu
Phone: (706) 542-7833
Office: Journalism Bldg, Room 201-B

Want to Get Started?

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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