»M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and Television Producing

You don’t just want to be a producer; you want to manage those who produce, to be the one at the top of the mountain, controlling not only your own destiny, but the destinies of others in the world of film and television. For that you need an in-depth education in business and extensive, hands-on production experience.

Offered in conjunction with Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the MBA/MFA in Film and Television Producing is designed especially for people like you who see themselves in a management or executive level position at a production company, talent agency, studio or television network.

Compared to the two-year MFA degree, the three-year MBA/MFA program has a greater emphasis on the business aspects of film and television producing. During your first year with us, you’ll study basic business concepts, such as economics, accounting, marketing and financial management. You’ll also come away with a deep understanding of film and television financing, marketing, distribution and exhibition, as well an awareness of the global business environment.

But we don’t leave out the creative. As part of the MFA degree, you’ll study the fundamentals of producing. You’ll also put these skills to good use as you develop your MFA thesis project — an original short film or media production you’ve personally produced. That film reel, along with a thesis book for a proposed film or media production, including detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition, will provide you with a serious calling card to the industry.

You will still have to work your way up to the top. But with an MBA/MFA from Dodge College, you’ll get there a lot faster

+-Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a joint program leading to both an MBA degree and an MFA in film and television producing degree. Offered to full-time students, the program requires three years of study and acceptance to both the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Argyros School of Business and Economics. The MBA/MFA in film and television producing gives students the opportunity to obtain two highly marketable professional degrees designed for individuals seeking a management or executive level position at a production company, talent agency, studio, or television network.

The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers an MFA in film and television producing that consists of 48 credits and is completed by full-time students in 4 semesters, while the Argyros School of Business and Economics offers an MBA program that consists of 52 credits and is typically completed by full-time students in 3-4 semesters. The two programs, combined into the joint degree, require the completion of only 89 credits, a savings of 11 credits, resulting from the cross-application of completed coursework in the two schools. 

Requirements for the Degree 

First Year

Fall Semester

Evolution of Narrative Film I

BUS 600 Strategies for Competitive Advantage

BUS 601 Economic Analysis for Business

BUS 602 Accounting and Financial Analysis

BUS 603 Statistics for Business Decisions

Spring Semester

Fundamentals of Screenwriting

BUS 604 Designing and Managing Value Creating Organizations

BUS 605 Marketing Management

BUS 607 Financial Management 

Summer

BUS 606 Operations and Technology Management

Second Year

Fall Semester 

Production Workshop I

Production and Set Management for Film Production

Overview of Producing

BUS 610 Understanding the Global Business Environment

Spring Semester

Film Script Analysis

The Development Process of Film and Television

BUS 612 Strategic Management

Production Workshop IV

Business Elective* 

Summer

Independent Internship

Third Year

Fall Semester

Film and Television Financing

Thesis in Producing I

Entertainment Law 

Spring Semester

Independent Feature Filmmaking

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

Thesis in Producing II 

* The required 4-credit business elective can be taken any time after the spring semester of the student's first year in the program.

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