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MFA in Film-Television – Directing

Equip Yourself. Direct. Succeed.

The Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television – Directing is the first degree of its kind taught from a faith-based perspective. Through this on-campus MFA degree, you will be trained to direct film, television and converged media with your unique perspective. You will also enjoy valuable mentorship by a faculty of industry leaders focused on preparing you for your career.

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August 23, 2021
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Enhance Your Expertise

Master all aspects of directing including production design, cinematography, and postproduction.

Sharpen Your Skill Set

Gain hands-on experience directing projects and using professional equipment, from HD cameras to a Fisher Dolly.

Work With Actors

Understand how to direct actors for camera.

Establish Your Reputation

Enhance your reputation as a trusted professional with this MFA degree.

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

On completing the MFA in Film-Television – Directing degree, you will be able to:

  • Direct projects and use professional equipment such as film and HD cameras, a steadicam, a jib, a Fisher Dolly, and a grip truck.
  • Execute all aspects of directing, including storytelling, pre-visualization, production design, casting and performance, cinematography, sound and lighting, and postproduction.
  • Demonstrate your professional competence and creativity through a directing portfolio.
  • Apply your knowledge of religious films and the religious dimensions of secular films.

Career Opportunities

  • Film or television director
  • Director of photography
  • Music video director
  • Editor
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • University professor
Estimated mean annual wage for producers and directors U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Students work with faculty to learn about academic requirements for publication, determine the topic/set-up of culminating projects, complete necessary preparation to begin projects, and arrange for committee assignments. Pass/No Pass.

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.

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.

Critical and historical study of film and television with a topical focus. Different areas of scholarly study will be examined each time the course is offered; may be retaken for the study of a new topic. Some of the recent areas studied include: Film and Television Comedy, the Western, Film Noir, African-Americans and Women and Hollywood.

Builds on CTV 530, focusing on refining the use of the technical storytelling tools available to the director, as well as techniques of staging shots, directing the actor and developing a personal directoral style. Permission of instructor is required. Prerequisites: CTV 530 and CTV 557.

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.

Focuses on the process of evaluating, coaching and directing actors for the camera. Intensive work in camera techniques, auditions, cold readings, blocking, and improvisations for both film and television performance is prepared.

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.

Provides opportunities for practical and hands-on experience in a given area such as magazine, newspaper, public relations, performing arts, film arts and television arts. (Pass/No Pass) Note: See listing under specific Schools. All MFA or M.A. practicum have the 80 designation. Theatre practica also have a 681/781 designation.

Designed to demonstrate professional competence and creativity in the student’s specific area of study. Portfolios should be done close to the end of the program of study. May be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite: COM 691. All portfolios, whether MFA or M.A., have the 98 designation. Pass/No Pass.

A breakdown of Aristotle’s Poetics as applied to cinema. Includes a history of narrative from the fable through post-modern storytelling, and an exhaustive analysis of all the elements that go into a satisfying and socially redemptive story. Geared toward the production of complete, worthy, and commercial feature film projects.

An analysis of the structural components of a variety of TV narrative program forms, such as situation comedies and hour-long dramas. Includes survey of markets and pitching techniques.

Builds upon the skills of SSW 513. Skills course that guides from the idea through treatment and step-outline to a finished first draft and the marketing of both the script and the writer. Special consideration given to format, story narration and dialogue polishing.

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 Process:

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: SCA Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4. Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 5: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.


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.

“I took a trip to the campus and was blown away by the beauty of the school. What actually won me over to finally pursue an advanced degree was the professional resources offered by the School of Communication & the Arts, as well as the curriculum.”

Jonathan Santiago, M.A., 2012 Digital Media

“When I started my master's in Summer 2017, I had no idea what was ahead. I'm thankful for everything I was able to learn during my time at Regent and know it will open doors.”

Amber Huckaby, M.A. in Film-Television, 2020

“"God provided Regent University as a place of revitalization, equipping and waiting upon the Lord. I'm very grateful to the faculty and staff who gave of themselves to make Regent such an amazing place to learn."”

Shinn-Rong Chung, MFA, 2010

“It’s been a long road of late nights and long mornings, but I made it.”

Paola Albarran, Ph.D. in Communication, 2020 News Anchor, Telemundo Amarillo; College Teacher, West Texas A&M University

“"At Regent, I was surrounded by people who exemplified servant leadership. These examples often come back to me, and I believe it’s what my industry needs now more than ever."”

Breanna Molloy, B.A., 2012