Learn business and creative practices, make industry connections, explore emerging technologies, and gain real-world experience in the film and media master’s program at Johns Hopkins.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Baltimore, MD
11 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months

Program Overview

Achieving a career in today’s entertainment and film industry takes special talent—and an insider’s understanding of the business and creative practices needed to succeed in this highly competitive field.

That’s what you’ll find in the innovative MA in Film and Media program at Johns Hopkins University: a cutting-edge curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities, and interaction with industry professionals.

Pursue Your Passion for Storytelling

Learn the fundamentals and art of storytelling through viewings, discussion, script analysis, and workshops. You’ll cover feature-length films, sitcoms, documentaries, digital shorts, and more, creating your own original work. Learn about pitching, financing, marketing, and distribution.

Boost Your Technical Skills

Go behind the scenes and see what happens during development, production, and post-production. Explore all things audio: basic sound design, music editing, sound effects spotting, and more. Work with top-quality equipment and industry-standard software.

Gain Real-World Experience

The heart of your experience at JHU will be Graduate Filmmaking Studio I and II, a two-semester, hands-on course where original, meaningful, and compelling movies are born. You’ll develop your own film projects with help from your classmates, screen movies for the Maryland Film Festival, learn how to build and reach an audience, and explore diverse ways to build a sustainable creative career.

Telling Stories That Matter

Experiment and Take Risks

We encourage experimentation, and perhaps that’s most evident in our newest concentration: immersive storytelling and emerging technologies. Be on the forefront of creating entertainment and educational experiences using virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.

Immersive Media Summit

Why Study Film and Media at JHU

In our program you will find a vibrant community of students and faculty members passionate about storytelling, business, and production.

Experienced Faculty: Create With the Creators

Study with accomplished and award-winning writers, producers, sound professionals, and creators who focus on the fundamentals of craft while embracing future forms of storytelling.

Tracks and Concentrations: Find Your Focus

Learn to navigate the business and creative aspects of the industry, hone your screenwriting and storytelling skills, take a deep dive into sound design, or explore emerging technology like VR and AI.

Capstone Experience: Build Your Portfolio

Put your skills, talents, and creativity into action. You will research, develop, and deliver a final project that demonstrates your grasp of the industry and, more specifically, your chosen concentration. Collaborate with classmates or work independently with a leading industry advisor.

Industry Insight: Expand Your Network

Our program connects the burgeoning Baltimore film scene with industry hubs in New York, Los Angeles, and abroad. Meet guest filmmakers, writers, and executives, perhaps even take a master class with them. See where these new connections take you.

Ready to Take Action?

Gain the skills, knowledge, and connections you need to pursue an exciting career in the film and media industries.

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