Offered in conjunction with Chapman University’s School of Law, Dodge College offers a joint program leading to both a JD and an MFA in Film and Television Producing. This degree, combined with the hands-on experience you’ll gain, can help you land your dream job as an entertainment attorney; a legal counsel at a production company, agency, guild or studio; or as a producer or other executive in the entertainment industry.
Unlike the two-year MFA program, the four-year JD/MFA program has a strong emphasis on the legal aspects of film and television producing, such as drafting and negotiating contracts, the attorney’s role in the filmmaking process, intellectual property protection, and copyright law. During summer externships at places like VH1, SpikeTV, Warner Brothers, Summit Entertainment, or the Screen Actors Guild, you’ll have the opportunity to put your classroom learning into context, gaining valuable experience in the field while forming important mentoring relationships.
You’ll interact with fellow students — writers, actors, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound and production designers — all engaged in intense filmmaking activities at all hours of the day and night. During your first two years, you yourself will study the fundamentals of film production to gain first-hand knowledge of how these functions come together to produce a film. And you’ll put these skills to good use as you develop your MFA thesis project — an original short film or media production you’ve personally produced.
Upon graduation, you’ll have two highly marketable professional degrees, a fully developed portfolio, and enough insider contacts to get your foot firmly in the door.