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Cinema Arts, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
If the silver screen has always held you spellbound, you're in luck: Our Department of Film is one of the best in New York. You can choose from a broad range of concentrations as you pursue your degree — film studies, film production, documentary film production, screenwriting and industry studies. 


Our faculty — directors and screenwriters, producers and editors, cinematographers and videographers — will provide you with both a liberal arts grounding in the history, theory and practice of filmmaking, and invaluable insight into the practicalities of the industry. You will develop a keen understanding of the processes and principles of picture production, an awareness of the multiplicity of ways in which technology works in the creative process, and an appreciation of cinema as the product of aesthetic, cultural, national and historical influences. You'll have the opportunity to intern at places like HBO, MTV, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. You'll also be able to participate in the Annual Brooklyn College Student Film Festival and attend workshops, film screenings, social events and informal visits from independent filmmakers sponsored by the Brooklyn College Film Society.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • World Cinema to 1960
  • Narrative Structure
  • Integrated Media
  • World Cinema 1960 to present
  • Production Workshop I
  • Thesis Project Development
  • Portfolio Development: Ready for the Biz
For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: 
  •  Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 
  • Resume 
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Portfolio 
Statement of Purpose instructions: 
  • Write a three- to four-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in cinema arts. 
Portfolio instructions: 
  •  Submit a short film that you have personally shot, not to exceed 15 minutes. 
  • Submit clips from work that you personally have shot, not to exceed a total running time of 10 minutes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5385 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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