FILM & TELEVISION

Producing, Directing and Screenwriting

Rooted in Georgia’s Film Industry

At the end of two years, students will graduate ready to assume above-the-line roles as writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media.

The first year of the program will introduce students to the skills and technology they need to seamlessly transition to the second year of study at Georgia Film Academy facilities at Pinewood Studios Atlanta and, ultimately, to thriving careers in Georgia’s vibrant entertainment industry or wherever they choose to work.

Courses will include writing, directing and producing for the screen, film and television history, lighting, camera, sound, production design, editing, and digital post-production, among others.

CURRICULUM

Year 1

In residence at UGA in Athens, GA

Fall Semester

FILM 6000 PROSEMINAR IN FILM & TV WRITING & PRODUCTION
3 Credits
Fall Semester
EMST 6041 CAMERA & LIGHTING I
4 Credits
Fall Semester
EMST 6100 DIRECTING I
3 Credits
Fall Semester
EMST 6110 WRITING FOR THE SCREEN I
3 Credits
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

EMST 6011 DIRECTING II
3 Credits
Spring Semester
EMST 6111 WRITING FOR THE SCREEN 2 or FILM 6270 AUDIO PRODUCTION
3 Credits
Spring Semester
EMST 6220 PRODUCING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
3 Credits
Spring Semester
THEA 7570 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA OR THEA 7700 ART DIRECTION FOR FILM & TV
3 Credits
Spring Semester

Summer Semester

FILM 6045 POST-PRODUCTION 1
4 Credits
Summer Semester
FILM 7400 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM
3 Credits
Summer Semester

Year 2

In residence at Pinewood Forest / Georgia Film Academy

Fall Semester

EMST 6011 DIRECTING 2
3 Credits
Fall Semester
EMST 6042 CAMERA & LIGHTING III
3 Credits
Fall Semester
FILM 7045 POST-PRODUCTION 2
3 Credits
Fall Semester
EMST 7110 WRITING FOR SCREEN III
3 Credits
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

EMST 7010 DIRECTING 3
3 Credits
Spring Semester
EMST 7011 WRITING FOR SCREEN IV
3 Credits
Spring Semester
THEA 7325 COSTUME DESIGN FOR FILM AND TV
3 Credits
Spring Semester
FILM 7800 ADVANCED PRODUCTION
3 Credits
Spring Semester

Summer Semester

EMST 7220 MEDIA INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP
3 Credits
Summer Semester
JRMC 7300 Master's Thesis (final film, pilot or digital program)
3 Credits
Summer Semester

MFA by the numbers

2

Year Program

12

First Year Students Accepted

62

Total Credit Hours

28,000

Approximate In-State Annual Tuition & Fees

66,400

Approximate Out-of-State Annual Tuition & Fees

Faculty

Our expert faculty selected to teach the MFA Film program are leaders in the art and practice of creative storytelling. They are innovators, motivators, educators and mentors. They are award-winning instructors dedicated to sharing the craft they are passionate about with the next generation of filmmakers, directors, producers and writers.

Dr. Nate Kohn

Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies; Director, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

Dr. Kohn teaches screenwriting, producing for film/television, and qualitative methods; directs UGA’s Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program; and has produced award-winning films that have premiered at Sundance, Toronto and SXSW.

Richard Neupert

Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. Neupert teaches film history and theory. His special areas of interest are French cinema, narrative theory, and animation.

Dave Kreutzer

Associate Professor

Academic Professional in Media Technology specializing in digital video production, dramatic media and film studies.

Booker T. Mattison

Assistant professor, Entertainment & Media Studies

In addition to his work as a professor, Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker. Mattison was the screenwriter and director for the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime.

Julie Ray

Associate Professor, Production Coordinator

Julie Ray has 20 years of experience designing scenery for theatre, film and television. She has designed scenery for feature films including Love & Other Drugs, Abduction, & 13 Days.

Mike Hussey

Associate Professor, Dramatic Media Area Head

CG Animator and Mechanical Engineer. Professor Hussey founded the department's program in 3-D computer animation.

Garland McLaurin

Lecturer, Entertainment & Media Studies

Professor McLaurin is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer; his love for storytelling comes from the power to artistically explore the complex and conflicting social and psychological layers of people and society.

George Contini

Performance Area Head

George Contini is a Professor in the University of Georgia's Theatre and Film Studies Department where he specializes in Characterization, Acting on Camera, Queer Theatre and Film, and Solo Performance.

Ivan Ingermann

Head of Design Area, Associate Professor

Ivan Ingermann is a Professor in the University of Georgia's Theatre and Film Studies Department where he will teach the Costume Design for TV and Film class and is Head of our Design Area.

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

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This is the only MFA program for film production at a public university in Georgia and is offered to students at the same tuition rate as other graduate programs at UGA, making it one of the most affordable programs of its caliber in the country.

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