Program Requirements

Two core courses

Eight Electives

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455.800 Capstone for Film & Media


Students take 11 courses, including the two-course Graduate Filmmaking Studio and a capstone within the required course sequence. Students take at least eight elective courses from two concentrations within the areas of Writing for Film and Television, Sound Production and Design, and Business of Film and Media.

Business of Film and Media

The Business track revolves around a two-semester seminar taught by veteran development and acquisitions executives. This Fundamentals of Business seminar is structured around presentations by internationally renowned industry leaders, who—together with students— analyze case studies in the film and television industries. Students are required to develop their own business plans, investor decks, and marketing plans, and present them to invited executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Sound Production and Design

Students in the Sound concentration acquire hands-on experience in creating and recording sound effects, dialogue, and music as they pertain to film, television, and media projects. Leveraging the experience and resources of The Peabody Institute and featuring a new sound studio co-designed by Thomas Dolby and Scott Metcalfe, the Sound concentration provides students the opportunity to create, edit and mix soundtracks and soundscapes at the highest level.

Writing for Film and Television

Award-winning screenwriters and television writers lead the intensive workshops in the Writing concentration, centered on analyzing and polishing original narratives. Students create and strengthen their writing portfolios as they design, draft, and polish their feature-length screenplays, television spec scripts, and television pilots. Master classes are offered by guest executives, agents, and executive producers, providing excellent opportunities to network within the industry.


Students are required to complete a capstone project at the culmination of the program. During the capstone project, students will demonstrate professional expertise in one of their concentrations, completing a project that will be part of a work portfolio to be used to gain a professional position in the industry.


On completion of the Master of Arts in Film and Media, students will be able to:

  • Maximize the opportunities of content production and exploitation across the digital landscape.
  • Develop a business plan for a project or a media company and have the opportunity to pitch the plan to select industry executives both for critique and as a way of further expanding their professional network.
  • Strengthen the skills and expertise required to work in the industry at a management level.
  • Broaden their professional network through access to industry specialists in content development, talent representation and production.
  • Develop a screenwriting portfolio comprised of a feature length screenplay, a television spec script and a television pilot.
  • Use professional audio equipment for the recording, mixing and editing of sound effects, Foley and musical performances in the recording studio and use remote recording equipment for capturing sound on location.
  • Use software in the recording studio as a musical instrument to create sound design and musical compositions for underscoring.
  • Design, develop and execute professional-level projects in their chosen field.