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Writing and Directing for Film, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Writer-Director Skills

  • Direct a short film that showcases their abilities as a writer-director.
  • Develop compelling ideas for short and feature film screenplays.
  • Create defined and engaging characters.
  • Write a well-structured short film script and feature outline.
  • Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors.

Professional Readiness

  • Make well-organized and effective choices that serve the story during the preproduction, production and postproduction process.
  • Apply film marketing research to develop an effective social media marketing campaign and articulate a promotional strategy for their film.

Programme Structure

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  • Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  • Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  • Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  • Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  • Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    General Requirements

    • Application form or online application
    • $50 application fee
    • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
    • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
    • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
    •  Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required
    • Additional materials may be required.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1031 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1031 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1031 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1031 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    per unit - 3 units per class

    Living costs for San Francisco

    • 2206 - 4120 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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