Advanced Standing Opportunities

The MFA offers advanced standing at three distinct entry points. To ensure students of all levels find a place in our program, we offer the opportunity to apply for Advanced Standing during the application process. Advanced Standing allows you to begin the program in Phase II or Phase III, waiving 12 or 20 credits from the required 64 credits. The three phases include:

Phase I: Foundational

(64 credits over six semesters) Most students will begin the program in this phase. It builds a solid foundation in the first semester in theory and history and an intensive introduction to writing and production skills in a variety of media platforms.

Phase II: Intermediate Practitioner

(52 credits over five semesters) Students will develop a customized plan of study that allows for artistic exploration while developing the technical proficiency to undertake their thesis project.

Phase III: Advanced Practitioner

(40 credits over four semesters) Students will come ready to begin working on their thesis project. Students meet with their program advisor to select courses that support their thesis work as well as their specific learning needs.

A Customized Curriculum

This curriculum breakdown is based on the 64-credit program.

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

  • VM 600 Producing Strategies for Modern Media (4 credits)
  • VM 613 Foundations of Image and Sound Production (4 credits)
  • VM 641 Introduction to Theory (4 credits)
  • VM 698 *MFA Thesis Project (8 credits)

Required Theory Courses (8 credits)

Choose two of the following:

  • VM 610 Media Pedagogy (4 credits)
  • VM 655 Topics in Media Studies (4 credits)
  • VM 664 Studies in Documentary History and Theory (4 credits)

Required Production Courses (4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • VM 605 Graduate Writing the Short Subject (4 credits)
  • VM 606 Writing for Interactive Media (4 credits)
  • VM 640 MFA Production Workshop* (4 credits)
  • A Production Elective in Film and Media Art (4 credits)

Studies Electives (8 credits)

Production Electives (24 credits)

Leverage 20+ local production resources, including:

  • Alliance for Independent Motion Media
  • America Graffiti
  • Associated Grant Makers
  • Boston Camera
  • Boston Casting
  • The Color of Film Collaborative
  • The D-Word
  • Filmmakers Collaborative
  • Film Shack
  • The Foundation Center
  • The LEF Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council

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