Film: Production and Screenwriting

Film: Production and Screenwriting

MFA in Film offers streams in Screenwriting and Production.

In the MFA in Production, you'll embark on a two-year program, taking courses with our faculty of award-winning filmmakers and completing a thesis film or digital work. You'll have access to extensive production facilities and computing equipment.

In Canada's only dedicated MFA in Screenwriting, you'll receive training from renowned faculty in all aspects of writing for the screen, including television and cinema.

During first term, you may take courses in all three streams: Production, Screenwriting, Cinema & Media Studies.

You’ll be closely connected to Toronto's vibrant film scene, with research centres like the Toronto International Film Festival Group Film Reference Library, more than 100 film festivals (including TIFF), and production companies and co-ops that provide opportunities and connections to help launch careers.

Resources include:
Sound & Moving Images Library (SMIL) — one of the largest collections of films, videos and DVDs in the country - is an invaluable resource for all film students.
Scott Library offers thousands of books, journals and periodicals pertaining to film, including a large collection of screenplays.

Degrees Offered


MFA


Program Length (Full-time)

5 term(s)


Program Length (Part-time)

10 term(s)


Program Component(s)

  • Thesis


Minimum Required GPA

B


Fall Entry

  • Full-time

Deadline - Fall (Full-time Applicants Only)

2022-01-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo125
PTE Academic76

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • Required for both streams:
    • Statement of interest
    • Thesis proposal
    • Resumé/CV
    • An example of scholarly writing
  • Production portfolio: Password-protected Vimeo or YouTube links ONLY, clearly listed in your application. DVDs or other formats will not be accepted.
  • Screenwriting portfolio: feature-length screenplay and other writings

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Depending on the graduate program, York University graduate funding can be designed to cover most of your tuition, offer employment and/or Faculty enhanced funding awards. In addition, each York University graduate student is eligible to receive up to $2000 in funding to support research/scholarly activity through the Academic Excellence Fund. Funding packages are not designed to cover the cost of rent, utilities, transportation, or food.
Absolutely. Please indicate in your statement of interest you are not seeking a funding package. To note, you will be responsible for not only funding the cost of your degree, but also the cost of living in the Greater Toronto Area for the length of your degree.
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