Motion Pictures & Television (MA)

Motion Pictures & Television (MA)

The MA program in Writing & Directing for Film is a streamlined training in the development and direction of an original short film or extended scene. Students go through the development process and are mentored through preproduction, production, and postproduction on their thesis project/scene. Students also learn to brand themselves and their work in preparation for the marketplace.


Master of Arts (MA) Degree – Writing & Directing for Film

This program is only available onsite.

Major Classes

MPT 605 Film Language Studio Major/3
MPT 616 Directing Actors for Motion Pictures Major/3
MPT 618 Writer-Director Intensive 1 Major/3
MPT 625 Editing Concepts and Creative Solutions Major/3
MPT 641 Visual Storytelling Major/3
MPT 644 Directors Rehearsing Actors Major/3
MPT 664 Organic Blocking for Camera Major/3
MPT 677 Shot in a Day Major/3
MPT 705 Breaking through the Noise of Social Media Major/3
MPT 750 Fall Production Central Major/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Major 33
Graduate Liberal Arts 3
Total 36

Degree Requirements


  • Successful completion of Final Portfolio Review.
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and the following Academic Study requirements:
    1 Major Designated Graduate Liberal Arts course

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Writer-Director Skills

  • Direct a short film that showcases their abilities as a writer-director.
  • Develop compelling ideas for short and feature film screenplays.
  • Create defined and engaging characters.
  • Write a well-structured short film script and feature outline.
  • Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors.

Professional Readiness

  • Make well-organized and effective choices that serve the story during the preproduction, production and postproduction process.
  • Apply film marketing research to develop an effective social media marketing campaign and articulate a promotional strategy for their film.

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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