Graduate Film Programs in New York

If you are considering a graduate degree for the film industry, there are a variety of programs to choose from in New York. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the degrees at 8 schools throughout the state. Schools offering Digital Cinematography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

New York University

The Graduate Film Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts will take 3 years to complete and includes 4 short films and a master's thesis. The first year includes making and screening a 4-minute short film, while the second year offers the opportunity to specialize in areas like writing/directing, producing, editing, or cinematography. Students can also enroll in a dual MBA in General Management and MFA in Fim and Television Production which can be completed in around 3 years.

SUNY College at Brockport

You will enroll on a full-time basis in the 60-credit Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies at SUNY College at Brockport, which can lead to a career in directing. Over the course of 3 years, you will take courses such as 16mm film, the media culture, and critical writing, as well as complete a 6-credit master's thesis.

University at Buffalo

You can complete your Master of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in film and media study in 1.5 to 2 years at the University at Buffalo. Your 36-credit curriculum will includes up to 18 credits in film and media studies, with courses in areas such as film studies and film and video production.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester offers a 90-credit Doctor of Visual and Cultural Studies that includes a 30-credit Ph.D. research project and usually takes 5 semesters to complete. You will take courses on the history of the film industry from 1929-1959, the role of race and gender in modern films, and the Mexican film industry.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York has a Master of Fine Arts in Film that has general coursework in the 1st year, followed by specialized coursework in a concentration of either screenwriting/directing or creative producing in the 2nd year of the program. You can also earn a Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies with available concentrations in motion picture film and television or media art/media theory, with elective courses offered on topics such as the blockbuster, Cuban cinema, the documentary tradition, the Western, and digital storytelling.

Syracuse University

You will complete 60 credits for this Master of Fine Arts in Film, which will take 3 years to complete, and offers study abroad opportunities in Bologna, Italy, and Prague, Czech Republic. Your program coursework ranges from an introduction to theories of film and criticism to issues with film perception.

CUNY City College

This Master of Fine Arts at CUNY City College requires full-time enrollment and will take 2 years to earn your degree. You will complete 51 credits in areas such as sound design, marketing and media, documentary writing, and digital production.

CUNY Brooklyn College

You will complete 66 credits for CUNY Brooklyn College's Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Arts if you specialize in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, post-production, and digital animation and visual effect, while you will complete 52 credits for the specialization in producing. If you select the directing, screenwriting, cinematography, or post-production concentrations, you will take courses such as post-production picture, sound, and music editing, along with the history of international cinema from 1895 to 1960 that explores the historical eras that shaped each era.

SchoolDegrees OfferedAverage Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
New York UniversityGraduate Film Program
MBA/MFA in Film & TV Production
$45,426
SUNY College at BrockportMaster of Fine Arts in Visual Studies$12,024 (in-state)
$23,584 (out-of-state)
University at BuffaloMaster of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in film and media study$13,705 (in-state)
$25,265 (out-of-state)
University of RochesterDoctor of Visual and Cultural Studies$40,328
Columbia University in the City of New YorkMaster of Fine Arts in Film with concentrations in Screenwriting/Directing or Creative Producing
Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies with concentrations in Motion Picture Film and Television and Media Art/Media Theory
$48,390
Syracuse UniversityMaster of Fine Arts in Film$38,708
CUNY City CollegeMaster of Fine Arts in Film$11,082 (in-state)
$20,232 (out-of-state)
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeMaster of Fine Arts in Cinema Arts with concentrations in Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Post-Production, Digital Animation, and Visual Effect, and Producing$11,202 (in-state)
$20,352 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Colleges and universities in New York offer both master's and doctoral level degrees in film disciplines such as film production, visual and cultural studies, film and media studies, and cinema arts. You can select from graduate programs that offer specialized tracks such as film and media study, directing, screenwriting, and production.

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