The Directing Major
within the Master of Fine Arts curriculum

is a highly personalized two-year program designed for students who have either a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema or Fine Arts or who have had professional experience in the film or audio-visual media industry. The program is also open to all students having successfully completed a BFA or MFA degree in other disciplines but have a serious interest in pursing a career in the cinema, television and audiovisual industries.
This program is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of filmmaking, with a second year of specialization in Directing where concentration is placed toward the student’s end-of-year film.



The International Department’s MFA is an intensive two-year program concentrating on single camera fiction filmmaking with supplementary workshops.
Although we encourage specialization in later year of the MFA degree programs, we believe that students must have a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process.

First year: The fundamentals of visual storytelling through fiction filmmaking

The student will distinguish and develop for their fiction cinema project, the techniques implied in each of the following specializations: directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing and editing.
This first year gives the students the opportunity to discover and experience a wide array of filmmaking disciplines before they choose and commit to the Directing major.

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Second year: specializing toward the end-of-year film

Students complete the cycle with a second year of specialization where concentration is placed on the film project that is oriented toward the Directing major.

All directing majors must prepare, execute and post produce a 12 minute short film as their final exam and third term project. The material used may be an original script, an adaptation or an awarded script written by a fellow student. All original scripts must be developed in the screenwriting courses and approved by the Greenlighting Committee composed of faculty members and film professionals.
In addition, the student must work on a minimum of three other student productions in other positions.

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Target careers

The Master of Fine Arts with a major in Directing aims to give students professional preparation for a career as a Director in film, television and digital media.
EICAR graduate directors are more than prepared for the rigors of the professional world and work in a multitude of audio-visual related occupations including film and television Director, 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, 3rd Assistant Director, TVC 1st Assistant Director, Music Video Director, Advertising/Commercials Director.

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