• J.D./M.F.A. in Film and TV Producing

    J.D./M.F.A. in Film and TV Producing

    Offered in conjunction with Chapman University’s School of Law

» J.D./M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing

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.

+ - Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a joint program leading to both a JD degree and an MFA in Film and Television Producing degree. Offered to full–time students, the program requires at least four years of study and acceptance to both the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the School of Law. The JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing gives students the opportunity to obtain two highly marketable professional degrees designed for individuals seeking careers as entertainment attorneys, legal counsel at production companies, agencies, guilds or studios, as producers or as executives in the entertainment industry.

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 four semesters, while the Fowler School of Law offers a JD program that consists of 88 credits and is typically completed by full–time students in six semesters. The two programs, combined into the joint degree, require the completion of only 123 credits, a savings of 13 credits, resulting from the cross–application of completed coursework in the two schools.

Students must satisfy the minimum requirements for each degree program including course requirements, GPA, residency and other requirements listed in the graduate catalog.

Requirements for the degree

first year (35 credits)

fall requirements (15 credits)

LAW 7103

Torts I

3

LAW 7105

Legal Research and Writing I

3

LAW 7107

Contracts I

3

LAW 7130

Civil Procedure I

3

LAW 7110

Criminal Law

3

spring requirements (14 credits)

LAW 7115

Torts II

2

LAW 7119

Contracts II

3

LAW 7123

Property

4

LAW 7132

Civil Procedure II

2

LAW 7134

Civil Procedure Lab

1

LAW 7135

Legal Research and Writing II

2

summer requirements (6 credits)

LAW 7520

Client Interview and Counseling

3

LAW 7653

Externship Entertainment Law

3

second year (27 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FS 502

Evolution of Narrative Film I

3

FP 531

Production Workshop I

3

FTP 534A

Production and Set Management for Film Production (Producers)

3

FTP 560

Overview of Producing

3

spring requirements (12 credits)

SW 527

Fundamentals of Screenwriting

3

FTP 566

Story Development for Producers

3

FTP 567

Independent Feature Filmmaking

3

FTP 631A

Production Workshop IV for Producers

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

FTV 690

Independent Internship

3

third year (30 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FTP 661

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

3

FTP 697

Thesis in Producing I

6

LAW 7538

Entertainment Law

3

spring requirements (12 credits)

FTP 562

The Development Process of Film and Television

3

FTP 564

Film and Television Financing

3

FTP 698

Thesis in Producing II

3

LAW 7830

Entertainment Industry Contracts

3

summer requirements (6 credits)

LAW 7581

Mediation

3

LAW 7653

Externship Entertainment Law

3

fourth year (31 credits)

fall requirement (16 credits)

LAW 7126

Constitutional Law

4

LAW 7133

Federal Income Tax

3

LAW 7142

Evidence

4

LAW 7145

Corporations

3

LAW 7139

Professional Responsibility

2

spring requirements (15 credits)

LAW 7325

First Amendment Law

3

LAW 7555

Intellectual Property

3

LAW 7631

Entertainment Law Clinic

3

LAW 7636

Selected Topics in American Law

3

LAW 7657

Practice Foundations Transactions

3

total credits

 

123

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