MFA in Studio Arts
(Film Production Option)



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Graduate Program Head -

MFA in Studio Arts (Film Production)

Jean-Claude Bustros

Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 4346

Location: FB 421-21

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Emphasizing innovation and experimentation, the MFA in Studio Arts (Film Production Option) promotes an expanded notion of cinema. The MFA program is designed to facilitate all forms of image support - including animation, film and digital-based media - and forms of exhibition, from traditional single-channel projection to installation. We provide a challenging and supportive environment that acknowledges the diverse cultural and theoretical frameworks of contemporary moving image practices.

The studio component of the program is conceived as a ‘Laboratoire de cinéma’ dedicated to an ongoing dialogue and critique of the processes, methodologies and practices of contemporary cinema. MFA curriculum provides flexible opportunities to develop as filmmaker through individual studio practice, seminars, formal group critiques and discussions, screenings, and guest presentations by acclaimed national and international film artists and scholars. Graduate students may elect to pursue 6 credits of Internship or Independent Study.

Students work closely with faculty, who are active artists, to develop individualized research programs. Programs culminate in the production of a single thesis film or a coherent body of work with a substantial written component that provides a context for creative production. Thesis development begins in first term, at which time advisors are assigned, and typically extends over a three-year period. The program consists of two years of full-time residency, which integrates intensive studio-based production and interdisciplinary theoretical seminars. A final year is devoted exclusively to completing the candidate’s thesis project and defense.

The program provides a rigorous academic setting where new approaches to the art of cinema are explored and defined. This course of study is ideal for media-makers committed to an independent studio art practice. Our alumni are multidisciplinary artist-researchers working at the vanguard of cinema and new media.


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