Film & Video Production

The University of Iowa

Master On Campus
36 months
29026 USD/year
30612 USD/year
11665 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MFA in Film & Video Production is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at The University of Iowa. 


The Master of Fine Arts program in Film & 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. 

Career Development

  • 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. 
  • The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




54 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • 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. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29026 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29026 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    30612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30612 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    11665 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11665 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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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Updated over a year ago

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Film & Video Production
The University of Iowa


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