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Graduate School of Motion Picture and Television

From movie theaters to the computer screen, the world's love of movies and TV stories that move and inspire us continues to grow and evolve. Whether their dream is to stand in the spotlight or behind the camera, students at Academy of Art University's graduate film school grow their creative talent and find their path to the bright lights and the big screen.

In one of the best-equipped graduate film schools in the country, students are treated as professionals from the very beginning. Academy of Art University's masters degree in film encompasses every corner of the film industry, enabling students to focus on acting, cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design or screenwriting. This top film graduate school guides students to futures in movies and TV.


Film & Television Graduate Courses

Courses in the graduate film school at Academy of Art University provide hands-on experience. Fostering visionary ideas and independence in filmmaking as an art, the Academy also offers students a unique view into the commercial aspects of filmmaking as a business. Through these courses, grad students collaborate to produce films they are proud to add to their reel.

Film & Television graduate courses:

  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Music Videos
  • Screenwriting (Script writing for film and television)
  • Acting
    • Film
    • Commercial
    • Television
    • Voiceover
  • Producing
    • Film Production
    • Television Production
    • Commercial Production
    • Production Design
  • Cinematography
    • Digital Cinematography
    • Lighting
    • Cinematography Lighting
  • Special Effects
    • Underwater Filming
    • Film Makeup
    • Film Costume Design
  • And More!

Professional Opportunities in Film & Television

In a business that is all about who you know, grad students need a film school with the best connections to launch their career. Students pursuing their masters degree in film at Academy of Art University learn from instructors who are currently working in the field. Through industry events on campus, students gain exposure and acclaim for their work as well as networking with influential professionals.

Career opportunities in Motion Pictures & Television include:

Epidemic Film Festival – Each year, Academy of Art University celebrates fresh, new talent from its film school, rolling out the red carpet for a star-studded event. At an exclusive awards ceremony, students in the graduate film school screen their creations, get feedback and make connections with industry greats. Guest lists in past years have included director Robert Butler, producer Steven McGlothen, actress Tippi Hedren and many others.


Film & Television Facilities

To prepare for careers in the film industry, film school students need to work on the same equipment professionals use. At Academy of Art University's film graduate school, grad students have access to world-class facilities, including sound stages, Green Screen studios, high definition cameras and top-of-the-line editing tools. Using these facilities, students graduate ready to become well-respected actors, directors, producers, cinematographers and more.


Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

With classes online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University offers flexible options for completing a masters degree in film. In an interactive, hands-on experience, students are engaged through creative collaboration with instructors and fellow students. Unlike online film school programs at other colleges, the Academy's graduate film school offers online classes that are both convenient and comprehensive. Whether online or in San Francisco, students find the same support, guidance and knowledge from faculty.

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