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 the Georgia Film Academy and our studio partner Athena Studios in Athens.
Our students work closely with expert faculty in screenwriting, directing and producing 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 and our new partner, Athena Studios, located just 8 minutes from UGA’s campus.
6 Semesters of Classes
This MFA spans six semesters over two years. Summer, fall, and spring semesters are spent at the University of Georgia and at our dedicated soundstage at our production hub at Athena Studios in Athens just 5 miles from UGA’s campus.
Build Your Portfolio
Faculty and industry mentors guide students as they build their high-quality portfolio of individual and collaborative projects, including a final thesis project, a calling card to enter the film and television industry.
2022 Georgia film industry at a glance
The production industry in Georgia has never been stronger and continues to expand. The state of Georgia currently ranks among the top three film and television production centers in the nation. For the 2022 fiscal year, Georgia was home to 412 projects with a combined in-state expenditure of $4.4 billion, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“This fiscal year…movies filmed in Georgia claimed four of the top six spots for highest domestic-grossing movies: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (No. 2), ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (3), ‘Black Panther’ (5), and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (6), reported the GDEcD, as well as the widely celebrated television series ‘Watchmen’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Ozark’, and ‘WandaVision’.
Frequently Asked Questions
Annual tuition is $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, 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.
- 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://isl.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2020/09/Off-Campus_Living_Guide_2020-min.pdfhttps://sga.uga.edu/uploads/docs/SGA_Student_Housing_Guide.pdf
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This is the first MFA program for film production at a public university in Georgia and is 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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