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Filming in progress: Explore the Master of Arts in Film-Television Production offered by Regent University.

M.A. in Film-Television – Production

Produce. Entertain. Inspire.

If you are driven by a passion for film, our Master of Arts in Film-Television – Production will equip you to inspire and entertain audiences around the world. Learn all aspects of production, from lighting and sound to editing, so that you can present fresh, relevant stories in the best possible way. Be mentored by Christ-centered faculty on campus in Virginia Beach as you pursue an affordable film-television program.

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Increase Your Earning Potential

Advance in leadership roles with higher salary opportunities.

Gain Hands-On Experience

Learn to conceptualize a film, television or video project from development to distribution.

Enhance Your Expertise

Gain experience in directing single camera and multi-cameras for film & TV.

Train with the Best

Gain access to state-of-the-art equipment.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the M.A. in Film-Television – Production program, you will be able to:

  • Conceptualize a project from scriptwriting to development, production, post-production, and distribution.
  • Direct single camera and multi-cameras for film & TV.
  • Complete a directed project as your culminating experience.

Career Opportunities

  • Film/television director or producer
  • Gaffer
  • Grip
  • Screenwriter
  • Line producer
  • Editor
13%
Projected growth in employment of film & video editors & camera operators (2016-26)

Required for those who plan to check out equipment for media projects. Covers in an intensive time frame: video camera, grip/electric, audio, set safety and protocol.

Survey of the work of the organizational core of production crew, including the unit production manager, the first and second assistant directors, the production office coordinator and the production auditor. Learn how a film is managed from producing and logistical point of view during production.

A hands-on course in directing narrative feature film and television, using single-camera style shooting. Master the aesthetics, theory and practice of camera placement, shot execution, and directing the actor. Students create and develop their directing style.

Provides the students with an opportunity for learning preproduction, production and postproduction of television programs using the multi-camera production techniques typical in half-hour episodic television, soap operas, game shows and talk shows. Student scripts are selected competitively from appropriate genres. Qualifications for crew positions based on experience and level of completed coursework. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CTV 505.

Aesthetic and technical aspects of lighting and cinematography in various media. Job responsibilities of the camera, grip and lighting teams.

Development and practice of editing theory and style, including the practical impact on filmmaking. Analysis of the evolution of editing aesthetics in planning and visualization.

The beautiful as applied to cinema. An ethics and theology of entertainment. The spiritual challenges of the visual storyteller’s vocation. Understanding the challenges of creating narratives intentionally from a Christian worldview.

Affords the student an opportunity for participation in the production of a short film or television project. Student scripts selected competitively from all genres. Normally offered during the summer with the expectation that students will work on location for two or three weeks with shoot-days averaging 10-12 hours. Qualification for crew positions based on experience and level of completed coursework. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Permission of instructor is required.

Examines the role of the sound crew in production and post-production. Covers sound theory as well as applied practices with location sound recording and the process of audio post-production. Topics include editing dialogue, sound effects, ADR, and creating a final sound mix with Regent’s Pro Tools editing and mixing system.

Examination of the special circumstance of the short film script (less than 45 minutes running time). Students learn the narrative conventions of this format and write two film scripts through multiple drafts.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that all items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Technology Recommendations for MFA and M.A. Film-Television (FTV) Majors

In the School of Communication & the Arts, technical tools are important for effectively accomplishing class projects. While we don’t endorse any platform in particular, we offer the following guidelines:

1. Am I required to buy a camera or other equipment?

No. Some students buy their own, but Regent University’s FTV Equipment Office stocks cameras and other equipment needed for FTV class assignments.

2. Am I required to buy a computer or software for editing?

Regent strongly recommends that FTV students purchase their own system for editing class projects. FTV courses require students to shoot and edit their own class projects.

3. Does Regent provide computers or software for editing?

Regent recommends that you purchase your own system for editing class projects. For general coursework, there are several computer labs on campus, but there are no general editing labs.

4. Can I use the computer I already own?

An older computer might run new editing software, but performance will be slow and possibly unstable. If your system is more than three years old, or does not meet minimum software requirements, you should consider a new computer system.

5. Can I use the editing software I already own?

Your system must be able to input, edit and output HD video in various formats. It must also be able to create titles and layer several tracks of audio (dialogue, sound effects and music). Depending on your needs, this can be as basic as the free software that often comes bundled with computers, or as elaborate as the professional systems on the market.

6. Is there an advantage to buying a new system?

Buying a new system gets you a warranty from the manufacturer. Manufacturer warranties are usually one year, and for an additional cost, can be up to three years. A newer system is faster and more stable, which can make you more productive with less waiting and frustration.

7. What are the recommended desktop and laptop configurations?

Because requirements are so complex and varied, we strongly advise that you follow your software’s recommended — not the minimum — configuration for whichever system you choose.

8. PC (Windows XP) or Mac (OS X)?

Both platforms are viable for post-production work — assuming proper configurations in both cases. However, Apple editing software only works on Macs. Avid and Adobe software work on both Macs and PCs.

9. Laptop or desktop computer?

While laptops offer portability, properly configured systems are costly and offer limited upgrade capability. In general, properly configured desktops are less costly than laptops and easier to upgrade.

10. What editing software do I need?

Depending on your editing needs, there are several good choices. Refer to #5 above.

11. Do I need a DVD burner for my computer?

Regent recommends that you have a DVD burner for completing assignments and for data backups, but it’s not required. External, name-brand USB DVD burners can be purchased for under $30.

12. Do I need an external hard drive?

YES! The faster and higher the capacity the better. USB 3 for PCs and Thunderbolt or USB 3 for Macs.

13. Does Regent University provide support for my computer and/or software?

No. Computer or editing software problems should be handled by the manufacturer or dealer. Regent recommends that you buy an extended service agreement with help-desk support if you’re not comfortable troubleshooting on your own.

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