Film/TV Production: Program Details – Asbury University
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Welcome to Asbury University’s Master of Fine Arts in Film/TV Production program! This M.F.A. program will prepare you to craft compelling narrative film and television productions. The program combines theoretical knowledge with the practical skills and technology knowledge needed for exceptional filmmaking.

Our program is uniquely faith-based, encourages collaboration between students, and provides students with powerful feedback from peers, faculty, and industry professionals. You’ll have the chance to meet industry expert guest speakers and project leaders, and have access to unique opportunities like film/TV productions and media apprenticeships that will help you build a phenomenal portfolio to showcase your talents. As a student in the M.F.A. program, you’ll also participate in our unique Los Angeles Media Workshop, an intensive two-week summer session that gives you the chance to spend time with production professionals and explore areas such as lighting, design, writing, studio back lots, and acting.

Who Can Apply?

If you completed undergraduate courses in multi-camera studio television, single camera (film-style) shooting & editing, and basic audio production, you can move directly into the online M.F.A. in Film/TV Production program and complete the degree in 42 credit hours, provided that your film/TV portfolio is accepted. The M.F.A. in Film & TV Production is considered a terminal degree.

If you’re a media professional or have extensive media experience in television studio production, single camera shooting and editing, and audio production, you can move directly into the online M.F.A. in Film/TV Production program and complete the degree in 42 credit hours, provided that your film/TV portfolio is accepted.

If you don’t have prior media experience and have not completed media classes, you’ll need to take three prerequisite courses: Multicam Television Production, Single Camera Production, and Audio Production. This means you’ll be required to take the 9 credit hours of prerequisites plus the 42 credit hours in order to complete the M.F.A. program. These three prerequisite courses can be taken online, on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters, or as intensive two-week classes during the summer.

Credit for Professional Experience: Up to 3 hours of credit for professional experience may be considered in place of a specific course. Talk to your faculty advisor for more information.

Projected Program course cycle: Students can pursue their coursework at different rates. If you’re a full-time student, it’s possible to complete the program in two-three years. Some students, especially those with families and professional obligations, choose to spread the program out over three-four years.

Degree Requirements

Ready to get started? Here are the classes you’ll need to take. Please note that if you have not completed prerequisites MC 121 (Audio Production), MC 261 (Multi-Camera Television Production), and MC 302 (Single Camera Production), or their equivalent, you’ll need to take them as part of your degree path. All three courses are offered as two-week intensives during the summer, and are also available online.

Film / TV Production Core (24 Hours)

  • DSG 502 – Intro to Grad. Communication
  • DSG 550 – Master Storytellers Seminar
  • DSG 610 – Cinematography Theory / Practice
  • DSG 642 – Media Ethics & Criticism
  • DSG 650 – The Business of Media
  • DSG 680 – Los Angeles Media Workshop
  • DSG 799 – Creative Project
  • MCG 528 – Editing Practice & Theory

Choose One Production Course (1 Course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 625 – Deconstructing the Documentary
  • MCG 520 – Design for Film, TV & Theatre
  • MCG 524 – Producing the Film
  • MCG 590 – Sound for Picture

Choose One Directing Course (1 Course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 588 – Directing the Actor
  • DSG 655 – Directing for Film & TV

Choose One Experiential Course (1 Course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 612 – Summer Film Production
  • DSG 613 – Summer Television Production
  • DSG 710 – Directed Apprenticeship

Choose One Writing Course (1 Course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 582 – Feature Film Screenwriting
  • DSG 585 – Cross-Platform Storytelling
  • DSG 600 – Reading the Great Scripts
  • DSG 614 – Writing the One-Hour Drama
  • DSG 616 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy
  • MCG 533 – Advanced Journalistic Research/Writing

Elective Courses (Choose 2 Courses = 6 Hours)

You may choose any DSG or MCG course (not previously used), an IDG course, or an MBA or NPM 500-level course. Below are some examples of courses you could choose.

  • DSG 620 – Rewriting the Script
  • DSG 630 – Viral Marketing Methods
  • DSG 655 – Directing for Television & Film
  • MCG 530 – Media Ministry & the Church
  • MCG 525 – Sports Storytelling
  • MCG 532 – Sundance Film Festival
  • MCG 560 – Underwater Cinematography
  • IDG 550 – Project Management
  • MBA 516 – Strategic Marketing

The degree requirements are also available for download as a PDF.