36 months
29739 USD/year
30613 USD/year
12065 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MFA in Film and Video Production is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at The University of Iowa. 


About Film and Video Production at The University of Iowa

The Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Video Production, at The University of Iowa, requires 54 s.h. of graduate credit, 24 of which must be earned at the University of Iowa. Students must earn a minimum g.p.a. of 3.00.

Graduate credit is typically acquired through advanced production courses, graduate colloquia, and advising-centered thesis courses taken over three years. With a focus on expanded documentary, experimental, hybrid, and narrative media forms, the curriculum combines creative and scholarly course work with the aim of producing a body of innovative, artistic work in film, digital media, multimedia installation, and/or animation. 


The film and video production program has a remarkable job placement record, with graduates located in faculty positions at major research universities and prestigious liberal arts colleges throughout the world. Through their creative work and published research, graduates are visible and productive contributors to film and video production and related disciplines.

Within the program, faculty mentor students toward professional careers by supervising their development as both innovative moving-image makers and scholars. Regular one-on-one advising sessions, group critiques, workshops on topics such as film festival submissions, job interviews, and related topics prepare students for academic and artistic careers. Students also are regularly advised on applying for grants and awards to facilitate their advanced research, whether conducted in Iowa or elsewhere.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Topics in Cinema and Culture
  • Topics in Asian Cinema
  • Topics in Documentary Film
  • Film Analysis
  • Modes of Film and Video Production
  • Film Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • A Resume/CV
  • A statement of purpose
  • An Academic/Creative Work Information Form
  • A departmental Supplemental Information Form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29739 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29739 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    30613 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30613 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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