Curriculum

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The first year of the MFA Film Program 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
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Directing I
Screenwriting I
Directing Actors I
Fundamentals of Directing
Elements of Dramatic Narrative

First Year Core Curriculum—Spring
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Directing II
Screenwriting II
Directing Actors II
Script to Screen
Role of the Producer
Practical Production II
 
First Year Core Curriculum—Summer
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8-12 film production

History-Theory-Criticism (HTC) Requirement
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All MFA students must take at least one course in Film Studies (generally referred to within the School as “HTC,” an abbreviation for History-Theory-Criticism) within the 60 credits required for the degree. Students seeking teaching assistant positions should take more than one HTC course.

A representative list of HTC courses includes the following. The asterisked courses are specifically recommended for MFA students but any of these courses fulfills the HTC requirement.

Analysis of Film Language**
Cinema History 1: beginnings to 1930
Cinema History 2: 1930 - 60
Cinema History 3: 1960 - 90
Cinema History 4: after 1990
Cinephilia: Theory and Practice of the Moving Image
Contemporary European Cinema
Documentary Tradition
Film and Media Theory
Intro to Cinema and New Media
The Moving Image in the Museum
Seeing Narrative
Sound and Image Theory
Topics in American Film (Horror, Comedy, Cult, Western, etc)
Topics in World Cinema (Latin America, China, Arab and African)**

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In the Second Year of the MFA Program, Creative Producers, and students in Screenwriting/Directing take required courses and supplement these courses with a wide range of electives.

While students do not declare concentration in Screenwriting/Directing until the middle of the second year, certain courses from the second year curriculum are required by each concentration. Students should enroll in them based on their likely choice of concentration.
 

Screenwriting—Second Year Courses
(required if this becomes your concentration)
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Screenwriting III
Screenwriting IV
Fundamentals of Editing

Note: Screenwriting III/IV is a year-long course taught by the same instructor.
 
Additional Requirements for Screenwriters
Interested in TV Writing
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TV Writing: The Series
TV Writing/Pilot

Screenwriters may take Second Year Courses in Directing and Directing Actors, and some Producing courses as electives.

Directors—Second Year Courses
(required if this becomes your concentration)
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Directing III
Directing IV
Directing Actors III or IV
Fundamentals of Editing

Directors may take Second Year Courses in Screenwriting and some courses in Producing as Electives

Creative Producers—Second Year Required Courses
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Business of Film
Feature Film Development
Feature Film Financing
Pre-Production of a Motion Picture
Writing and Script Analysis for Producers

Producers may also take Second Year Courses in Screenwriting as Electives

Second Year Elective Workshop Classes
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Business of Film
Business of Television
Digital Storytelling I: History and Theory of Interactivity
Digital Storytelling II: Building Storyworlds
Intro to Cinematography
Documentary Producing
First Features
Fundamentals of Editing
TV Directing
TV Writing: The Series
TV Writing: Pilot

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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 non-credit Workshops that are open exclusively to students in their Research Arts years.
 

Directors—Third Year Required Classes
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Directing Thesis Seminar
 
Screenwriting—Third Year Required Classes
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Script Revision – (required of all Screenwriting concentrates in the 3rd year. Directing and Producing Research Arts students may also enroll)

TV Revision – (Required of all Screenwriting concentrates who wish to do thesis work in TV Writing)

Creative Producing
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Producing Thesis Advisement

Screenwriting Workshops—Research Arts Electives
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Advanced Feature Writing
Advanced Pilot Writing
Pitch Seminar
TV Revision

(These courses are open to Directing and Producing concentrates, although priority goes to Screenwriting concentrates.)
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Film Program
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Mail Code 1805
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New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2815
film@columbia.edu
 
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