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MICA's MFA in Filmmaking allows students to learn all aspects of filmmaking and to embrace new, emerging practices in a field undergoing transformation, including expansion beyond Los Angeles and New York, new distribution and consumption methods, and evolving business models, such as crowd sourced funding. Through a hands-on curriculum and unique collaborations with The John Hopkins University (JHU) Film and Media Studies program and the Maryland Film Festival, the MFA in Filmmaking prepares students for sustainable careers in film and media as the industry continues to realign.

MFA in Filmmaking students engage in a curriculum that integrates a broad understanding of cinematic history with diverse technical experience-from generating ideas and writing to production, post-production, and delivering a film to its intended audience. First year students work on short film projects and crew for second year student thesis films. These collaborative, hands-on experiences, combined with workshops, electives, and a robust schedule of visiting filmmaker talks, allow students to learn the cinematic process as they become knowledgeable about a variety of models to finance and produce films and reach audiences. Shared facilities with JHU's Film and Media Studies program gives Filmmaking students access to faculty and resources from two world-class institutions, while the Maryland Film Festival offers programming that connects students with renowned filmmakers as they screen films, hold master classes, or review thesis projects. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in traditional film and media hubs and to create sustained filmmaking practices in non-traditional markets.