• M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and TV Producing

    M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and TV Producing

    Offered in conjunction with the Argyros School of Business

» 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 four semesters, while the Argyros School of Business and Economics offers an MBA program that consists of 50 credits and is typically completed by full–time students in four semesters. The two programs, combined into the joint degree, require the completion of only 86 credits, a savings of 12 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 (33 credits)

fall requirements (13 credits)

FS 502

Evolution of Narrative Film I

3

BUS 600

Strategies for Competitive Advantage

1

BUS 601

Economic Analysis for Business

3

BUS 602

Accounting and Financial Analysis

3

BUS 603

Statistics for Business Decisions

3

interterm requirement (2 credits)

BUS 613

Accounting for Management and Control

2

spring requirements (15 credits)

SW 527

Fundamentals of Screenwriting

3

BUS 604

Organization and Management

3

BUS 605

Marketing Management

3

BUS 607

Financial Management

3

BUS 609

Business Analytics

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

BUS 606

Operations and Technology Management

3

second year (32 credits)

fall requirements (13 credits)

FP 531

Production Workshop I

3

FTP 534A

Production and Set Management for Film Production (Producers)

3

FTP 560

Overview of Producing

3

BUS 610

Understanding the Global Business Environment

4

spring requirements (16 credits)

FTP 566

Story Development for Producers

3

FTP 567

Independent Feature Filmmaking

3

BUS 612

Strategic Management

4

FTP 631A

Production Workshop IV for Producers

3

 

*Business Elective

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

FTV 690

Independent Internship

3

third year (21 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FTP 661

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

3

FTP 697

Thesis in Producing I

6

FTP 674

Entertainment Law

3

spring requirements (9 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

total credits

 

86

*The required three 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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