Motion Picture Arts Coursework

Required Coursework

In order to graduate from the MPA program a student must have completed/fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Introduction to Production
  • Film History
  • Production Workshop
  • Lighting
  • MPA Critical Studies class (1 per year)
  • Screenwriting class (1 per year)
  • Foundations Elective (1 per year)
  • Directing for Camera
  • Advanced Screenwriting
Students have the opportunity to work on thesis projects each year; thesis projects take many forms, general short films and feature screenplays. This intensive experience gives the students an opportunity to apply their skills in storytelling, preproduction, production, and post-production.

2013-2014 Course List

  • Directing II
  • Lighting Technique
  • Filmmaking in Residence

Introduction to Screenwriting

Advanced Screenwriting

Introduction to Motion Picture Arts Production

Film History

Directing for Camera

Production Workshop

Film Aesthetics

Film Genres

Film History


Great Directors, Great Films