The Directing program at School of Visual Arts challenges you to articulate your artistic vision utilizing the multifaceted medium of film.
You will develop the intellectual and practical tools for directing film. You will learn the art of visual storytelling, working under the tutelage of industry professionals to learn how to develop stories from script to screen, direct actors and employ an arsenal of cinematic tools to tell a compelling visual narrative. With the guidance of our award-winning faculty, you will cultivate original ideas for successful, inventive films that communicate a narrative in an aesthetically interesting and innovative manner. The course of study also addresses the historical and critical context of film as an art form, its political and sociocultural dimensions and comparative study of theories for understanding film and video.
Why We Stand Out:
- We focus on the craft of directing and the art of visual storytelling
- Connect with industry professionals: working directors, screenwriters, editors and producers
- A practical, hands-on curriculum where students gain experience in every aspect of directing film
More About the Department
In less than one year, each student in the MPS Directing program directs a professionally-produced short film and attains a master’s degree. Over the course of nine months, we empower our students to direct their own short films by providing them with the latest technology, instruction from award-winning filmmakers and an experienced film crew.
High-level production values combined with strong storytelling equals success in the film industry; for this reason, the student films created in this program have gone on to be official selections at such prestigious institutions as Cannes Film Festival and Film Festival Internazionale di Milano.
Developed for the working professional, classes are held Monday through Thursday, 6–9 p.m., with Fridays reserved or studio time, guest lectures, critiques, demonstrations and/or field trips.
Degree candidates must successfully complete 30 credits, including all required courses. Thesis films will be screened in a juried film festival at the SVA Theatre. Each thesis film must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.
This studio-based program is chaired by Bob Giraldi, the director who played a major role in the music video revolution and who continues to be a prolific creative force. As one of America’s legendary commercial and music video directors, Bob uses his considerable expertise and experience to introduce each of our students to the film industry. Bob has directed some of the world’s biggest icons, including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie and Will Smith.
- Film Language, Analysis and Criticism
- Producing for Film Artists
- Director’s Toolbox
- Editing as Storytelling
- Lecture Series
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media View 322 other Masters in Film, Photography & Media in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Application & Fee
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts
- Transcripts or Academic Records from Foreign Institutions
- English Proficiency
International48600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24300 USD per semester during 12 months.
National48600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24300 USD per semester during 12 months.
Living costs for New York City
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