Film and Television (MFA)

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Program Description

The Graduate Division of the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is an intensive three-year conservatory graduate film production program that trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling. We focus on helping writer/directors develop a narrative voice and the technical virtuosity to express that voice in cinema. Our students learn by doing— writing scripts, directing and producing films and exercises, and shooting and crewing on each other’s projects. Every student has an opportunity to make a minimum of five movies while at NYU.

The program confers a Master of Fine Arts degree. The Graduate Film Program encompasses both fiction and documentary filmmaking. Each semester, courses in screenwriting, directing, aesthetics, acting, cinematography, editing, producing, and sound design complement specific filmmaking projects that provide hands-on training. Our students are well-prepared to transition into the professional world with a range of technical skills which often lead to employment in the industry, a reel of short films that can serve as calling cards, and a feature film script or television bible.

Dual Degree

This program offers a dual degree with the NYU Stern School of Business.

See Admissions for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.


All graduate applicants to the Tisch School of the Arts are required to submit the General Graduate Application, as well as a department-specific portfolio or creative supplement. Each of these can be submitted online.

See Graduate Admissions for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.

For international applicants, see International Applicant RequirementsApplicants with international credentials should be sure to check to see if their credentials are equivalent to an American Bachelor’s degree before applying.