Franklin College at UGA
The Department of Theatre and Film Studies in Franklin College is a crucial partner in the success of the MFA Film Program. Their expert faculty compliments Grady College’s course offerings with world-class film seminars, access to MFA actors for casting, acting for the camera and intimacy coordination workshops, fight/stunt choreography, set construction, art direction, costume design, and guidance on animation.
The Trilith Institute
The Trilith Institute is an organization dedicated to the discovery, development, and professional advancement of Story Artists who inspire the world. Similar to the Sundance Institute, the Trilith Institute serves as a platform for creators, students, and educators to participate in a wide variety of purpose-driven initiatives. The Trilith Institute is also committed to supporting the programs, teachers, and students of our 20+ educational institutional partners through providing supplemental, unique learning opportunities, and direct industry access.
Georgia Film Academy
The Georgia Film Academy supports a collaboration of institutions of the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, and Independent institutions that offer professional courses in film, television, digital entertainment, Esports, and game development.
A variety of production courses over the two-year program are taught by accomplished GFA faculty at our Athena Studios and Trilith Studios locations.
Atlanta Film Festival & Film Society
This year, our second-year students enjoyed all-access passes to the Atlanta Film Festival, “one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country; ATLFF showcases the work of both emerging and established artists and is one of less than twenty US film festivals that is Academy Award®-qualifying in all three shorts categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short.”
In fact, Kelvin Summerhill, a graduate of our inaugural cohort, premiered his short film at the Atlanta Film Festival, a prestigious honor as his film was one of ~40 films selected to screen out of thousands of submissions.
A company built on the mission to “end our unnecessary and harmful dependence on single-use plastics,” RAIN became an MFA program partner in the 2022-2023 academic year. RAIN generously supplied our first-year students with an entire palette of their water to replace students’ need for single use plastic water bottles, not only saving senseless plastic from entering the landfill but also saving our students money from needing to by water for their productions. Talk about a win-win!
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, 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://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
- Year 2 near Trilith Studios: There are a number of options for housing in year two. Premiere Lofts offers premium apartments in Trilith Village. https://premierelofts.com/
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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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