The first year at Columbia is devoted to the Core Curriculum – a unique and integrated group of classes in which all MFA students learn the fundamental components of Directing, Screenwriting and Producing.
FIRST YEAR CORE CURRICULUM – FALL
FIRST YEAR CORE CURRICULUM – SPRING
FIRST YEAR ELECTIVE COURSES
Screenwriting and Directing students must take a minimum of two courses in Film Studies (generally referred to within the School as “HTC,” an abbreviation for History-Theory-Criticism) to complete their degree requirements. The recommended introductory film studies class is FILM R 4010 Intro to Grad Film Studies, which provides an overview of the discipline. However students can elect not to take this class and fulfill the requirement with any two HTC courses. A partial list of HTC courses includes the following:
In the Second Year, Creative Producers, Directors and Screenwriters take required courses in their respective disciplines and supplement these courses with a wide range of electives.
SCREENWRITERS – SECOND YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Screenwriters may take Second Year Directing Courses as Electives
DIRECTORS – SECOND YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Directors may take Second Year Screenwriting Courses as Electives
CREATIVE PRODUCERS – SECOND YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Producers may take Second Year Screenwriting Courses as Electives
SECOND YEAR ELECTIVE WORKSHOP CLASSES
The Third Year and beyond is devoted to Thesis work and to special classes contributing to the completion of the thesis. There are also several advanced Workshops that are open exclusively to students in their Research Arts years.
DIRECTORS – THIRD YEAR REQUIRED CLASSES
Directing Thesis Seminar
SCREENWRITERS – THIRD YEAR REQUIRED CLASSES
* Required of all Screenwriting Research Arts students. Directing and Producing Research Arts students may also enroll.
WORKSHOPS – RESEARCH ARTS
Advanced Feature Writing*
Revision for Television
* Open only to Screenwriting and Directing students