36 months
855 USD/credit 18810 USD/year
855 USD/credit 18810 USD/year
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The curriculum of the Directing program at The City University of New York is built on the use of the latest digital equipment and will stay current as innovative technology emerges. The various courses of study will reflect the reality that the very idea that filmmaking is in flux; no longer does it exclusively involve projected images in a darkened auditorium. 


The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema offers a master of fine arts degree in cinema arts with a concentration in one of the following areas: producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, post-production, or digital animation and visual effects. 

Learning outcomes

The three-year, 66-credit Directing program at The City University of New York prepares students for professional careers in their area of concentration through a combination of practical and theoretical courses. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Directing Workshop
  • Directing the Camera
  • Directing the Actor
  • Advanced Directing Workshop
  • Cinema Aesthetics
  • Cinematography I

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


66 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.')
  • Resume
  • Statement of purposeTwo letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio: 
  • 1. Submit a short film that you have personally directed, not to exceed 15 minutes.
  • 2. In 10 pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font), write an original treatment for a feature film that you would like to direct, including one page explaining why.
  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    18810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • Local students: $5,545 / semester

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 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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