MCAD filmmaking majors learn to create motion-picture projects that shape experience, question perception, and transform the world.

With a foundation of classic motion picture language, you master the structure of fiction, documentary, and multimedia forms with which you can experiment, collaborate, and create projects of any length or genre.

Complementing this rigorous program of technical skills and aesthetic exploration is a lively dialogue between practice and theory that brings film history to life. You will seek out and learn from your own influences in film history. The program arranges special seminars, visiting artists, internships, and production opportunities to best prepare you for a career in fine arts, advertising, TV, and independent filmmaking.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, through in-person and online classes, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare filmmaking as your major
  • Build concentrated film skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition


  • Reference the history of film through written critical evaluation and analysis.
  • Show a working knowledge of visual composition, lighting, editing, and finishing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of pre-production, production, and postproduction processes including budgeting.
  • Establish an understanding of crew positions and their responsibilities.
  • Structure motion picture projects to express narrative and theme.

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