MFA in Film


stands Application Deadline

The MFA program in Film will be accepting applications for Fall 2016 admission on a rolling basis. 

Priority deadline for Scholarships and Awards for Domestic students is March 31.

Final deadline for Domestic students is May 1.

Deadline for International Applicants was January 15, 2016.

Admission Requirements

This MFA program is intensive, and admission to it is highly selective.  Upon review, finalists may be invited for an on-campus interview. 

Please use the Stony Brook Graduate School’s online application.

For admission, the following, in addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, are required:

A. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

B. Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.

C. Three letters of recommendation.

D. A current resume

E. A statement of purpose. Describe in a page or two why you are interested in this opportunity, how you would benefit, and what makes you a particularly deserving candidate.

F.  In the Specialization area of the application, write in your specialization: Writer/Director/Producer/Documentarian – and also whether you intend to study in Manhattan or Southampton

G. In Qualifications you are asked to list your publications. This is where you UPLOAD ALL YOUR VIDEO LINKS.

*** Instead of title of published book/article, indicate the title of your film, the genre: (film/series/documentary or webisode) and where it aired (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) The date made, and the url link to the video.

*** You may load up to 4 URL samples, which can include storyboards or a series of photos that tell a story. The final section, “other creative work” should be the url to your video pitch. The video pitch is one of the most important elements to your application. Like the statement of purpose, this is your opportunity to convince us that you should be accepted into the program. The video pitch should be creative, polished, inventive. We want you to win us over here. SUGGESTED LENGTH: 3 MINUTES.

H. ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS. This is where you upload your written material. Your written material should include your proficiencies, and one or more of the following:

Proficiencies: A list of proficiencies in various production skills: camera, lighting, editing, directing, production and/or production design.

Screenwriting: 1) UP TO 30 PAGES OF a completed screenplay that best represents your work; and 2) a brief description of a screenplay you are currently writing or wish to write while in our program

Directing: 1) UP TO 30 PAGES OF a completed screenplay that best represents your work; and 2) a brief treatment (2 pages) or description of a screenplay you are currently writing or wish to write while in our program.

Producing: 1) three writing samples, including, critiques, production program notes, and/or literary criticism of a chosen screenplay or film (UP TO 30 PAGES); 2) a film or screenplay if you have written, acquired or produced; 3) a brief statement describing your view of the role of Producing in today’s platform agnostic film industry.

I. Acceptance by the MFA Program in Film.

J. If a student accepted into the M.F.A. program wishes to offer, either for credit toward the degree or for exemption from enrollment in courses required by Stony Brook, analogous courses taken at another university, transcripts and other supporting material must be presented for consideration by the graduate program director before the end of the student’s first semester in the program (see Transfer of Credit from Other Universities).

K. Assistantships 

Beginning Fall 2015, the MFA Program in Film will offer its first Assistantships, awarded to full-time students applying for admission to the fall class. These are extremely competitive. Recipients of funding offers may also be eligible for the Sklar Prize.

L. GRE Even though the application will ask for it, you do not need GRE scores. In the program drop-down menu, please choose MFA in FILM, and indicate whether you are applying as a part-time or full-time student. Interested in the Manhattan Track? Type “Manhattan Track” in the “Specialization” line, along with your area of concentration.

When you upload your materials, be aware that formatting can be altered. If this is an issue, send a hard copy of your writing sample directly to the MFA Program (address below). If a recommender does not want to submit a letter online or doesn’t use email, you may print out a blank recommendation form for him or her to fill out and mail directly to the program.

M. Finally, you will need to have an official transcript from any undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended sent to our program office:

MFA Program in FILM
Chancellors Hall, Room 239 
Stony Brook Southampton 
239 Montauk Highway 
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 632-5028

Qualified graduate students without TA/GA funding are encouraged and, in their second year, eligible to apply for teaching artist and administrative jobs as they arise. 

To favor one incoming student over another, by awarding assistantships or prizes, runs counter to our philosophy that we are all in this together, faculty and students alike, struggling with the extraordinarily difficult work of putting words together. If you earn admission to our program, with funding or without, we guarantee that you will be treated with the same respect as any other member of our community.

Then there's your own resourcefulness in defraying the costs of graduate study. Applicants are encouraged to explore opportunities for external funding independent of our program's limited resources. For more information on other types of financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services at (631) 632-6840.  


For More Information

The fine print about transfer credits, international students, and other admissions arcana is revealed in the Graduate Bulletin.

Or contact us:

MFA Program in Film
Chancellors Hall, Room 239
Stony Brook Southampton 
239 Montauk Highway Southampton, NY 11968 
Phone: (631) 632-5028
Fax: (631) 632-2576