In the MFA programs offered at Columbia, we believe that there is no substitute for the powerful mentorship that occurs when artists established in their careers guide artists at the beginning of theirs. We treat filmmaking not only as a creative pursuit with a heritage in both the narrative and visual arts, but as a technology and a business, as well. Our students thrive in an intense creative environment filled with hands-on experience, one-on-one faculty guidance, and the support of a community of talented peers. The strength of our school rests in the faith we have in our students; it is their vision, their stories and their voices we help to explore, refine and celebrate.
The two MFA programs in filmmaking, Screenwriting/Directing and Creative Producing, share a common first year. The course of instruction combines producing, directing, and writing with technical training and even some history and theory to provide students with a deep understanding of all the principles and practice of dramatic filmmaking. All the courses within this unique, integrated curriculum focus on film as a medium for the telling of stories.
Our faculty combines veteran and new members of the New York and Hollywood film communities. Our student work wins awards and recognition for its combination of technical excellence, visual originality, and outstanding storytelling. Our alumni produce, write, and direct work that set the standard for independent cinema as well as ground-breaking Hollywood filmmaking.