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An actor on set: Pursue your MFA in Film-Television degree program at Regent, online or in Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

MFA in Film-Television

Boost Your Film-TV Career With a Terminal Degree

The Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television is a terminal degree that will equip you to create and share relevant and inspiring stories through the film and television industry, as well as teach at the university level. Classes are taught from a faith-based perspective and are offered online or on campus in Virginia Beach based on your concentration choice. You will be mentored by a faculty of industry leaders as you learn the many facets of scriptwriting, television and film production, directing and more.

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Advance Your Career

Gain hands-on experience as you develop projects that help to build your professional portfolio.

Enhance Your Expertise

Conceptualize all phases of a film, television or video project, including research and storyline development.

Learn All Aspects of the Film & TV Business

Develop ideas, market your project for global distribution and oversee the financial side of production.

Establish Your Reputation

Enhance your professional credentials with an MFA degree, gained online or on campus.

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

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

  • Execute all aspects of directing, including storytelling, pre-visualization, production design, casting and performance, cinematography, sound and lighting, and postproduction.
  • Apply research skills to the process of creating film & TV production for public consumption.
  • Demonstrate your professional competence through your MFA portfolio.

Career Opportunities

  • University professor
  • Film/TV director or producer
  • Marketing/distribution director
  • Editor
  • Script or screenwriter
  • Director of programming
$93Thousand
Estimated mean annual wage for producers and directors U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film-Television – Directing is the first degree of its kind taught from a faith-based perspective. You will be trained to direct film, television and converged media with your unique perspective. Enjoy valuable mentorship by a faculty of industry leaders.

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film-Television – Producing prepares you to teach and to work in the producing and executive sectors of the entertainment industry. You will learn the full spectrum of the film and television business, including how to develop ideas, market your project for global distribution and oversee the financial side of production.

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film-Television – Script & Screenwriting equips you to write for film, television and stage. Presented from a Christian worldview, this screenwriting program provides the opportunity for you to graduate with a minimum of three full-length scripts. You will be mentored by industry leaders such as Dr. Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, a writer, producer, script analyst and production company executive, who was also a consultant in The Passion of the Christ.

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2020-21 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 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

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 apply@regent.edu 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: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a 1 page Personal Goal Statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the School of Communication & the Arts. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master’s Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional and career goals and how graduate (OR doctoral) – level coursework from the School of Communication and the Arts will help you facilitate your objectives.
  2. Considering your personal, spiritual, and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree?

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 apply@regent.edu 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.

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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