About the Program

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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Directing the Actor

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.

Directing the Camera

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.

Documentary Production

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

Film Directors

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.

Media Activism

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.

Narrative Production

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.

Production Management

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

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.

Special Topics in Motion Picture

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

Writing for Series Television

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

Showcase Your Talents

Students studying Motion Pictures at the School of Communication have endless opportunities to showcase their talents to the world. From film competitions to showcasing work on the big screen in Los Angeles, the avenues of experience are endless.