Motion Pictures, MFA

Transcultural. Transmedial. Transformative.

Study film production, producing and screenwriting with an innovative and independent streak.

The Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program in Motion Pictures at the Cinema and Interactive Media Department at the University of Miami is committed to training moving image artists at the highest professional levels, offering a three-year MFA degree with flexible specialization in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Documentary, and Interactive Media creation. The MFA program in Motion Pictures emphasizes critical understanding of moving image practice in diverse social and cultural contexts for the creation of work that is relevant and impactful. The mission of the Motion Picture Program is to nurture individual creative voices and independent thinking through the creative collaborative motion picture process for careers in both screen arts and the moving image profession. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

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Groups & Organizations


  • Canes Film Festival

    The University of Miami Department of Cinema and Interactive Media 17th annual CANES FILM FESTIVAL (May 2-3-4) is a competitive festival open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Motion Pictures Program at UM. The films are juried by a panel of professionals from the film and television industry. Previous judges have included Barry Waldman, David Nutter, Michael Robin, Juan Carlos Coto, Jeff Respress, Charles Vignola, Erin Moyer, David Issacs and many others. Our only goal is to showcase our student’s amazing talent, hard work and accomplishments. Prepare yourself for the three days of student films, panels, and parties that celebrate the art of film-making - UM-style!

  • UFILM Studios

    A student-run organization comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Communication's Motion Picture program and the University at large. The primary mission is to promote film production at both at the university and area level. The orgainization annually sponsors workshops, seminars, special film screenings, and a visiting filmmaker program. Sponsors the 'Canes Film Festival, a bi-annual showcase of student-produced work.

  • Delta Kappa Alpha

    Established March 16, 1936, Delta Kappa Alpha (ΔKA) is a national, co-Educational, professional cinema fraternity for cinematic arts students of character. As a national organization with over 75 years of history and alumni, members are connected to the top cinema students from universities across the nation.

Featured Courses


The purpose of this course is to teach and practice the craft of directing, including text analysis, characterization, visualization, design, intention and rehearsal: to train students to articulate their ideas to actors and film crew.

An introduction to directing actors in low budget, independent films utilizing traditional, modern and evolving directorial techniques used by independent and traditional film makers: analyzing and orchestrating scripted material, developing a directorial concept, creating indelible characterizations, building a visual image, auditioning and casting the talent, blocking and directing the untrained amateur or highly skilled professional actor.

An introduction to the documentary genre including the production of a documentary from start to finish.

This course will address the conditions of authorship in film through an intensive study of the films of two or more directors, whose careers will serve as case studies. These directors will be historically important and their work will represent significant achievements in the art of film.

In this course, students will examine the role of media in shaping social reform to document social issues such as poverty, human rights, social inequities, the environment, and powerless groups. We will review the philosophy and history of media as activism ranging from photography, documentary, cinema, the Internet, social media and newer forms of media. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical understanding of current media advocacy practices with a conscious goal; awareness, change minds, to affect policy, and action. At the end of the semester, students will have a fully developed project concept.

An introduction to film and digital production techniques on narrative projects. Emphasis on collaboration, group process and social purpose. Students will be expected to produce a short film abroad as part of this course.

A comprehensive examination of the skills and techniques employed by line producers and production managers in the preproduction, production, and post-production of motion pictures.

Sound Design through seminar and workshop provides a practical and theoretical introduction to sound and its function in the narrative moving image process. The course utilizes professional environments to instruct in the basics of sound editing, studio recording and mixing as it is practiced in the film industry. It will also present the aesthetic use of sound and its integral part in the moving image narrative process.

This course subject matter varies according to announced special topic. See class schedule for details.

Advanced examination of the techniques and elements of television writing. Focus is placed upon both the situation comedy and the dramatic series.

Featured Work

A few of our latest Motion Pictures projects, all done by our very own students and faculty.

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