The frontiers of film

Watkins two-year Master of Fine Arts in Film immerses you in the narrative storytelling experience. Our flexible curriculum gives you the opportunity to:

  • reflect on and deepen formal, conceptual, and contextual aspects of your artistic practice
  • develop advanced skills in producing, directing, cinematography, screenwriting, and editing
  • collaborate with professional filmmakers and classmates on narrative and non-narrative (documentary, experimental, thematic) film projects
  • assemble a professional body of work, such as video reels or screenplays, that represents your aesthetic point of view and technical capabilities

Flexible schedule

We’ve designed our film MFA to accommodate working professionals. When you start the program, you’ll take core courses during evenings and weekends. As you progress through the program, you will take electives and pursue independent study and internships during weekdays and summers. You also will have the opportunity to undertake an independent feature or series project.

Increase your exposure and build your audience

When you complete the first-year curriculum, the film faculty will review your portfolio and assign you a thesis mentor. The screenplay or film project you create during your second year will automatically be entered into and potentially showcased at the Nashville Film Festival, recognized by Movie Maker magazine as one of the top film festivals in the country.