36 months
12948 USD/year
12948 USD/year
6996 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MFA in Film program offered by Ohio University is a professional three-year program of study for talented individuals seeking advanced training in directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing and motion picture sound with a solid background in film history, theory, and criticism.


Program Overview

  • The MFA in Film program offered by Ohio University is a terminal degree and is designed for students who wish to work as independent film artists, enter the film industry, or teach at the college or university level.
  • The program moves from a foundation-building first-year core sequence (fondly known as “boot camp”) to increased specialization in the second year and culminates in a third-year thesis production. 
  • The integrated first-year courses in production, screenwriting, sound, directing, digital editing and film studies complement the development of a first-year creative portfolio consisting of 16mm narrative film(s), directing and editing exercises, and a Hi-Def documentary. 
  • In the second year, students have access to specialization classes in cinematography, screenwriting, directing, post-production editing and sound design, while continuing to build their creative portfolios by directing narrative and/or documentary film(s).
  • The third year is devoted to completing course and portfolio requirements, thesis completion and defense. Specialization tracks in cinematography, screenwriting, and post-production are also available to students in their 2nd and 3rd years of study.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Disciplinary Competence: Students are able to create and produce original works in film and video including but not limited to narrative fiction, documentary, experimental, new media, and hybrid forms, at a level commensurate to the requirements of the field.
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Process: Students are able to generate and express original concepts for film and video. They are able to engage with their original concepts critically and incorporate external critical input into the process of developing their concepts. They are able to successfully transform their ideas into finished works of film and video.
  • Career Competence: Students are able to clearly articulate their specific and broad career goals and outline steps toward achieving them.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Filmmaking
  • Film Studies
  • Sound Techniques
  • Screenwriting
  • Film Aesthetics
  • Directing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Résumé or curriculum vita.
  • A maximum 500-word personal essay on your goals in pursuing graduate study in film.
  • A maximum 500-word personal statement.
  • Three current letters of recommendation.
  • A sample of written work consisting of a paper or papers on any subject (e.g., research paper, article, critical analysis)
  • Examples of creative work (e.g., filmmaking, screenwriting, creative writing, work from another medium)
  • 2-3 minute screenplay – exterior locations only, no dialogue.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6474 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    12948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6474 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    6996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3498 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Athens

1079 - 1780 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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