About the Program

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MFA in Film

The MFA in Film is a three-year program in screenwriting, directing, and producing, with production periods culminating in a feature screenplay, an MFA thesis film, or a feature producer’s package. Faculty Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, along with top industry professionals, guide participants through the essential elements of independent film production. Hands-on, experiential, in-depth, project driven.

The curriculum requires 45-48 credits.

The MFA in Film is located at our Manhattan Facility and in the Carriage House, a digital film studio on the Stony Brook Southampton campus, which includes the Avram Theater and Gallery, a 429-seat theater that was substantially renovated in 2007.  The program has Canon C100s, (with 3 Canon Digital Cinema Prime lenses and a Red Rock Cage shoulder mount and follow focus for each camera) Panasonic AG 150s, Kino flo and Arri light kits, Sennheiser lavaliers and booms, iMacs and Final Cut Studio.

The University Library holds in excess of 15,000 items comprised of books, eBooks, videos, periodicals, music scores, dissertations, and audio files related to the study of film, which are easily accessible through interlibrary document delivery. Our book collection contains over 7,500 volumes.

Special collections, such as the recently endowed Sklar Collection, are being developed continuously.

Our Manhattan Facility is located at 387 Park Avenue South. The Facility is an easy commute by train, bus, or car, and Manhattan’s many movie theatres, film festivals, openings, screenings, premieres, exhibitions, archives, and libraries are easily accessible.

Interested students should request information from the department and find application information here.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, especially if they plan to apply for financial aid.

The MFA in Film programs accepts applications for admission on a semi-rolling basis.