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Film and Television Studies, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The MFA in Film and Television Studies program at Boston University requires a total of 64 credits. In the third semester, students develop a prospectus for a final graduate thesis project and present it to the graduate faculty for their approval. 
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Overview

This project is usually a written work of original scholarship, but students may instead opt to create a multimedia project of comparable scope and with a similarly solid historical or theoretical foundation. The graduate project will count as 8 course credits toward the MFA requirements.

Film & Television Studies Curriculum

The Film and Television Studies curriculum at Boston University contains four required courses in history and theory. These are to be taken in sequence within the first year of the course of study. The remainder of the program is composed of individual selections among a wide spectrum of specialized upper-division courses (500-level and above) taught within the Film & Television Studies program. In addition, a student may petition to take a maximum of two electives (8 credits) outside the program. This includes courses in production and/or screenwriting. The curriculum also offers an opportunity to work on directed study projects with the faculty, as well as the option to pursue a wide variety of professional internships.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Independent Film
  • Uncensored TV: Original Programming on Cable Television
  • Three Masters: Ozu, Dreyer, Bresson
  • Feminist Television Studies
  • Film Criticism
  • Television Industry Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    64 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A non-refundable application fee of $95
  • A copy of your transcript to be uploaded within our online application
  • Three letters of recommendation written by people who know you well
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • International Students: Required Video
  • Academic Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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