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Alumni Spotlight

Joshua Overbay
Student Academy Award Finalist
Regent Grad, 2010


"What I really appreciate about Regent is if you come here, like I did, without any experience and work hard, you can quickly get to a level playing field and start doing what you want to do creatively."

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Master of Fine Arts Degree in Cinema-Television

Concentration: Directing

On-Campus Degree Overview

Do you aspire to be a creative leader in the entertainment industry without compromising your Christian values? The first degree of its kind taught from a faith-based perspective, Regent's MFA in Cinema-Television with a concentration in Directing will not only provide a solid foundation in the process of filmmaking but will afford you valuable mentorship by a faculty of industry leaders focused on preparing you for a career as a television or film director. As a Regent student, you will have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience directing projects and utilizing professional equipment, such as film and HD cameras, a steadicam, a jib, a Fisher Dolly and a fully equipped grip truck.

MFA in Cinema-TV: Directing Highlights

Curriculum: View courses and descriptions.
Length: 44 credits. May be completed in two years. Students may begin the program in the fall semester.
Format: Offered entirely on our Virginia Beach campus.
Results: Master of Fine Arts Degree in Cinema-Television with a concentration in Directing.
Important Links: Apply Now | Tuition & Financial Aid | Thesis & Portfolio Guidelines | Cinema-TV Department | Technology Recommendations

Career Opportunities

Students will gain significant experience in all facets of film directing and producing due to their in-class instruction and the sheer number of student films completed during each year of their MFA program. Upon graduation you will be prepared for a number of jobs in the entertainment industry such as:

Film Director, Director of Photography, Television Director, Assistant Director (1st AD), Music Video Director, Camera Operator, Documentary Filmmaker, Casting Director, Editor, University Professor

MFA in Cinema-TV: Directing graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate & apply the Christian faith & biblical principles to the study & practices of mediated communication.
  • Articulate their personal artistic "voice" and mastery of the production process as evidenced by excellence in their creative works.
  • Demonstrate mastery of cinema and television directing, in storytelling, pre-visualization, production design, casting & performance, cinematography, audio, post-production, and the application of Christian leadership skills to the directing process.

Admissions Contact:

Dan Nettleton
888.777.7729
comadmissions@regent.edu