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Develop the courage and confidence to express your personal vision through film. Whether you are a budding screenwriter, producer, editor, or director, the Master of Fine Arts in cinema arts offers you the opportunity to tap into your creativity and learn all aspects of the art, craft, and business of storytelling. This program offers graduate students a rare opportunity to study on a live studio lot.
With concentrations in cinematography, digital animation and visual effects, directing, post-production, producing, and screenwriting, this program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the film industry, including film and television editor, director, producer, entertainment executive, or critic.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema offers a master of fine arts degree in cinema arts with a concentration in one of the following areas: directing, cinematography, screenwriting, post-production, digital animation and visual effects, and producing. The three-year, 66-credit concentrations in directing, cinematography, screenwriting, post-production, and digital animation and visual effects, and the two-year 52-credit concentration in producing, prepares students for professional careers in their area of specialization through a combination of practical and theoretical courses.
Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree satisfy the undergraduate requirements of this program. General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section “Admission.”
66 credits are required for the concentrations in directing, cinematography, screenwriting, post-production, and digital animation and visual effects. 52 credits are required for the concentration in producing.
Students must complete requirements in one specialization.
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
E-mail resume and statement of purpose to FeirsteinDocs@brooklyn.cuny.edu.
Additional/Optional items: You are welcome to submit up to five additional items on Slideroom (either visual pieces—such as videos, photos, visual documentation of creative work, or written pieces—provided you played a key role on those works). Clearly describe exactly your role on each item that you submit on Slideroom.
While you are required to submit a portfolio of your creative work on Slideroom, you are permitted to supplement your portfolio by listing a URL to an online portfolio of your creative work on your resume, or CV.
Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.
25 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:
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* Examples of Digital Animation & Visual Effects Advanced Discipline Electives
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Brooklyn College is an integral part of the cultural and artistic energy of New York City. Our faculty members in the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema offer incomparable expertise and tremendous talent, and each bring a unique perspective to their teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom.
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Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the cinema arts M.F.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, inlcuding:
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