Preparation for Graduate Study in Film
A student should give serious consideration to post-college plans early in their college career and schedule appointments with faculty with whom they have completed advanced work in these areas to discuss graduate programs they wish to pursue. Their counsel and that of the Department Advisors can help the student narrow the search of programs that would best match the student’s needs, and whether or not a graduate degree is even necessary. Also, speaking with alumni who have pursued graduate work in this field is very important. You can do that by tapping into the Alumni Career Network. John Noble, the Career Center counselor in this field, is also happy to consult with you as you begin thinking about this career path.
Programs in film usually are three years in length and lead to an MFA that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of filmmaking and film production. As with many graduate programs in the creative arts, the question to go or not to go is often the most important question! Many successful filmmakers have forged their careers without a graduate degree, and it is certainly not a requirement for most of the jobs within the industry. So, be sure to explore this question thoroughly by consulting faculty and alumni before investing in an MFA.
Here is a ranking from the Hollywood Reporter.