UT Austin - MFA program in Film and Media Production

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The MFA program in Film and Media Production at UT embodies the fiercely independent spirit for which Austin’s filmmaking community is renowned.
Degrees Offered
  1. 3 Year M.F.A.
  1. Film & Television Production
Yearly Tuition
$10k to $20k
Application Deadline Types
  1. Regular Decision
Regular Decision Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2021

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What is the Application Fee? $ 65
Is a GRE required for admission? Yes
Is a portfolio required for admission? Yes
How many Letters of Reference are required? 3 email addresses for Recommenders
The MFA program in Film and Media Production at UT embodies the fiercely independent spirit for which Austin’s filmmaking community is renowned. The select group of students from all over the world who join our program share a passion for great stories, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to taking creative risks. At UT Austin, we mentor these talented artists, spurring them to strengthen their craft, develop their unique voices, and master the art of cinematic storytelling.

Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose: Write an essay that explains your education and experience so far, your future goals, and how you think our program will help you achieve those goals. Rule of thumb is to keep this concise, no more than two printed pages, double-spaced. No other essay is required.

Copies of Official Transcripts: The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) require a copy of your official transcript from each college and/or university that you have attended. U.S. applicants who have taken coursework through an Exchange Program, Semester Abroad or Study Abroad, please contact an Admissions Counselor at GIAC (512-475-7391) to determine if you need an original transcript from the foreign institution. Once you are admitted, you will need to send a hard copy of the official transcript.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Include education; work experience and internships; honors and awards; and publications or creative works.

Academic Writing Sample: This should be a report, article, review, or anything that you've written for a class (or similar). No page limit, we recommend something at least 5-10 pages long.

Portfolio (Creative Sample): You will need to provide a Vimeo URL for your video(s) to serve as your admission portfolio. Please provide the URL and password (if applicable) on a separate PDF document uploaded on your MyStatus Page. . ** See detailed instructions below

Instructions for Portfolio (Creative Sample)​

Please include up to 20 minutes (doesn't have to be a full 20 minutes) of the best examples of your filmmaking work. We are open to all genres and styles. Include detailed descriptions in the document that lists the works you are including, related information about them (your role in the project, medium, dimensions, date completed, etc.), and your priority for viewing.

Internship Opportunities

Yes (possible)

When do the decisions go out according to the school?

Around February 15th

DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time it was last updated. PLEASE verify with the school ALL due dates and requirements as they may have changed since our last update. If any info on this page is incorrect please let us know and we will update it. We are not responsible for missed deadlines or rejected applications due to out of date information on this page. Please do your due diligence.

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  1. Affordable tuition compared to other schools. ~9k for Texas residents and ~18k for out of state, per annum
  2. Amazing TA opportunities guaranteed to almost every MFA student. Benefits: Resident tuition qualification, Free medical insurance, 6k stipend per semester, $1892 tuition reduction per semester (paying ~6k for 2nd year and ~3k for 3rd year)
  3. Great faculty, also great for exploring Documentary film making.
  4. Film funding - 1k for pre-thesis film, 7k for thesis film (Moody Innovation Labs).
  5. You get a shot at making 2 top tier festival worthy films.
  6. Austin - home to 3 major film festivals.
  7. Higher chance of your film getting into SXSW.
  8. Great program if you also want to settle down as a professor.
  9. Opportunities for outside fellowships up to 28k.
  1. Not a lot of opportunities to work in Hollywood.
  2. Weaker alumni network when compared to the high ranked schools.
  3. International students should be prepared to go back if they do not get their movies into top tier film festivals (which makes you eligible for O1 visa : click here for more details). But you can go back without any financial obligations.
  4. It is not LA.
Bottom line: A great inexpensive program if you are fine with being in a small, close-knit filmmaking community. A great deal, overall.
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