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Emerson College MFA in Film and Media Art
Emerson College

MFA in Film and Media Art

Boston, USA

2 Years


Full time, Part time

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05 Sep 2024

USD 1,402 / per credit



Whether you want to explore fiction film, documentary, experimental media, installation art, or interactive media, our Film and Media Art (MFA) will give you the expertise you need.

Work with image and sound to entertain, inform, persuade, and challenge, using both traditional and emergent media forms. Develop an understanding of the disciplines of 16mm and digital film and audio, and interactive media production, bringing this understanding to bear on traditional and convergent media works.

Our program offers three distinct entry points depending on your prior experience and varies in length from 2-3 years, allowing students with a variety of life experiences and diverse academic backgrounds to inspire each other’s artistic development. Once you are admitted to the program, we work with you to create a custom curriculum based on your professional and educational goals.

Create, challenge, inspire, and inform through media art in our MFA in Film and Media Art program.

You will develop an understanding of film, video, audio, and interactive media production—and you will channel this understanding into the creation of multimedia works. Work with image and sound, and traditional and emergent media forms. To ensure that creative, talented students at all experience levels find a place in our program, we give you the opportunity to apply to the three-phase curriculum at whichever level best matches your experience.

Program highlights include:

  • Explore a variety of media production genres and develop expertise in the use of media technologies, criticism and theory, and media business
  • Learn from faculty members who are themselves working artists (and whose ranks include Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows) and build a network of creative partnerships that will inspire and support you in your artistic career
  • Use our state-of-the-art facilities and immerse yourself in your specific area of interest, producing an ongoing body of work within a collaborative, creative environment
  • No GRE requirements to apply
  • 2-3 year-long program with advanced standing opportunities available for those with prior experience
  • Classes offered day & night to fit your schedule


As part of our Film and Media Art MFA program, you'll be surrounded by talented people who constantly challenge, inspire, and support your creative growth. You’ll learn extraordinary things from teachers who are themselves working artists.

Your Graduate Program Director, Michael Selig, will serve as your primary faculty advisor, guiding you on course selection to ensure that you will achieve your learning objectives and satisfy the program requirements. You will also receive program and department news from your program director along with any on- and off-campus opportunities that might be of interest to you.


Our award-winning alumni have gone on to build careers as artists, teachers, and artists-in-residence who create different forms of film and media. Some of our recent alumni include:

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer, and Jeff Soyk, Art Director and Web Designer, of Hollow, their award-winning, interactive thesis project. Hollow has been awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Peabody Award, the Tribecca New Media Fund, and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy.
  • Keely Kernan, Director of her interactive thesis documentary The Mississippi: The Story of America’s River. Her project was awarded the Princess Grace scholarship.
  • Georden West, Director of their thesis project Patron Saint. Their project was awarded the Student Academy Award in the alternative/experimental category.
  • Shaka Dendy, summer 2019 Artist in Residence for the Boston Center of the Arts.



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