Students must complete a minimum of 66 credit hours with the approval of the faculty advisor. At least 24 must be at or above the 700-level and at least 12 must be earned for thesis. Motion Picture students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 for all courses.

M.F.A. candidates are expected to follow a set sequence of courses during the first two semesters of their studies. Several courses are required during the second year of studies. Candidates are strongly encouraged to explore not only a primary but also a secondary area of specialization in the program and develop a minimum of two creative projects consistent with their areas of primary interest and secondary specialization. A minimum of 6 credit hours in each area of specialization is required. Under faculty committee supervision, students will develop one or two creative projects in the third year of their studies.

All M.F.A. students must demonstrate deeper, critical understanding of motion picture practice in diverse social and cultural contexts.  To this end, students are encouraged to take advantage of available study abroad programs. Students are also encouraged to participate in an internship during the summer of the first year or second year of studies.

By the end of the second year, students must complete a film and television literacy test, based on a list of 150 culturally and historically significant titles complied by the faculty. The list is circulated to each student upon entrance into the program. The test is administered annually in the spring semester. Students are requried to earn 85/100% on the test in order to complete the degree.

This three-year program culminates with a thesis portfolio that demonstrates, not only skillful execution of craft, but strong conceptual development rooted in collaborative work and innovative uses of technology.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CIM 601 Principles of Aesthetics and Analysis 3
CIM 611 Writing the Short Film 3
CIM 620 Cinematography 3
CIM 660 Directing the Actor 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
CIM 610 Foundation of Screenwriting 3
CIM 621 Narrative Production 3
CIM 630 Introduction to Editing 3
CIM 670 Producing the Motion Picture 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Year
Fall
Required Course Work:  
CIM 750 From Script to Screen 3
CIM 707 Pedagogy And Film 3
CIM 612 Writing for Episodic Television 3
CIM 710 Writing the Feature-Length Screenplay 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
Required course work:  
CIM 697 Topics In Film Analysis 3
Select three of the following: 9
Documentary Production  
Directing The Camera  
Sound Design  
Advanced Editing  
 Credit Hours12
Third Year
Fall
Required course work:  
CIM 815 MFA Thesis 1-6
Select one of the following: 3
Mobile Application Development  
Production Management  
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Required course work:  
CIM 694 Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution 3
CIM 815 MFA Thesis 1-6
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours66

No more than 9 credit hours will be allowed for graduate internships and advanced projects and directed research. Courses may be taken, with program director approval, from other programs or departments within the University of Miami.