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Film/Video MFA

The Film/Video MFA Program redefines what it means to be an artists working with the moving image.

Students are encouraged to pursue experimental and non-narrative forms of filmmaking. The curriculum includes international visiting artists and mentors with a diverse range of expertise, weekly in depth critiques.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a professional studio practice, with personal content and vision
  • Advance technical knowledge and skill in film and/or video, and in other media as needed
  • Expand the media in which time-based work can be produced
  • Understand the work in relation to the anticipated audience
  • Understand one’s work in relation to contemporary art and art history
  • Develop the ability to critique peers’ work across disciplines
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s own artwork and in that of one’s peers
  • Develop presentation skills including public speaking, proposal writing, exhibition guidelines and artist’s statement
  • Exhibit one’s work in a professional setting and in a professional manner. Students may also participate in other exhibitions and curatorial opportunities at the college or other venues
  • Understand how to engage in professional organizations and events for career development
  • Develop knowledge of major historical and cultural characteristics of specific times /places. Infer relationships between society and art
  • Recognize various types of texts used in art historical analysis, and evaluate their content and effectiveness. Use various ideas, approaches and facts in the analysis of art. Formulate, research and argue a hypothesis. Articulate verbally and in writing, theoretical and critical perspectives on art
  • Recognize the impact of historical works of art on contemporary art
  • Draw connections between various artworks, artists and concepts
  • Collaborate with artists in other disciplines

Unique to MassArt

Programmed by filmmaker and Professor Saul Levine for the past 40 years, MassArt Film Society is one of the longest running microcinema's in the US. Every week MassArt Film Society presents exciting independent, alternative, and experimental cinema from around the world (often with artists in attendance).

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