Perfect the art and craft of film and television storytelling in our dynamic and close-knit graduate program. Work in fiction, documentary, web based and/or VR/AR/XR formats.
The Film and Television Masters Program (1 Year MA/2 Year MFA) at Sacred Heart University is devoted to cinematic storytelling across all platforms. Our students find their artistic vision in a collaborative environment in which they live and breathe filmmaking! Our philosophy is that all of our students deserve an opportunity for equal access to the creative process. Our small class sizes, lively, student driven production schedule and state-of-the art equipment and facilities make this possible.
Our program fosters the next generation of storytellers through dynamic courses that guide the students as they work collaboratively to create independent projects, supplemented by frequent masterclasses and workshops. Focusing on story and hands-on production, students learn the craft and techniques that empower them to stand out in today’s media market.
FTMA’s home is in the heart of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor” with close ties to nearby New York City. Our program is unique in that our students go beyond the classroom into professional environments. Through partnerships with media companies and mentorship from industry professionals, FTMA students complete the program ready to enter the media industries.
The most impressive list of equipment is only useful if you receive thorough training on equipment that is both well maintained and readily accessible when you’re ready to shoot. It is important to us that our equipment is not only in great shape, but is also available to all graduate students at no additional charge. In addition to classroom instruction, we schedule supplementary workshops that focus on specialized equipment.
FTMA students shoot their films with the latest in DSLR and HD camera technology: Canon C300, C100, 7D, Go Pro and Black Magic camera systems. Accessories include multiple lens kits, filters, matte boxes, focus pullers and gel kits.
Students work with our Glidecam, jibs, sliders and dollies to get moving shots. Our selection of tripods (Manfrotto, Davis & Stanford and Cartoni) are adaptable to any on-set needs. We also provide car mounts, shoulder mounts, handles and an Easyrig for specialty shots.
Our one ton grip and electric package includes Arri Kits, Dedolights, Kino Flos, LEDs, Sky Panels and reflectors. Students can check out C stands, yoke mounts, clamps, duck bills, vice grips, flags, sandbags, ladders, apple boxes, yellow cones, first aid kits and fire extinguishers.
Additionally, we provide Atomos Ninja, 15″ 4K and 7″ LCD and on-camera monitors for video village, a Eurorack audio mixer, boom poles, shotgun mics, lavs and Zoom H4ns for sound recording, and a slate, walkie-talkies and expendables for set crew.
FTMA students have access to a wide variety of shooting environments and locations, including our own soundstage with 20′ ceilings, a live news TV set and a green screen studio. On campus, there is also a 50’s style diner, a working bar, a fitness center, rock wall, bowling alley, hospital, a 100 seat cinema, screening rooms, a chapel and city or country settings.
After shooting, our students learn the craft of editing on professional computer systems in our dedicated computer lab that include the Adobe Creative Suite, Davinci Resolve and Protools. We also have two finishing suites for color correct, sound mix and sound design.
Within the school, our close relationships with the state of the art VR/AR/XR labs, the MakerSpace and other university departments (Broadcast Television, Advertising, PR, Art and Design, etc), allows for collaboration in production design, marketing, advertising, business and distribution. In addition to all the facilities on SHU’s West Campus, FTMA students also have access to the assets in the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts including television studios, the VR lab, green screens, and more. Our facilities are only rivaled by Hollywood studios. You can make a movie from the first idea to a world premiere without ever having to leave the campus.
Sacred Heart University’s FTMA program is home to the 49 Hour Film Festival.
FTMA in Luxembourg
Recently, a small crew of FTMA graduate students and faculty traveled to Luxembourg, Germany and France to shoot a commissioned project documenting SHU’s study abroad programs. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage!
Open SHUtter Productions
Open SHUtter Productions supports film collaboration among SHU student filmmakers. The inaugural Open SHUtter production, “Jumbled Up Jane,” was an Official Selection at the Indie Short Fest, LA International Film Festival, 2019 and an Official Selection and 2nd Place Winner: Battle of the Film Schools, Astoria, Queens, 2020. Directed by Tyler Stirling & written by Brian Hogan & Abigaile Sands
Student work and internships with partner organizations.
Sundance Film Festival Trip
In January 2020, FTMA students and faculty made their inaugural trip to the Sundance Film Festival. The students served as official festival volunteers, which provided them with free and behind the scenes access to festival events.
Director, FTMA Film and Television Graduate Program
If you’re passionate about visual storytelling, Sacred Heart’s Masters in Film and Television (FTMA) program will help you transform your passion into a thriving career.
We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t have previous media production experience, and we accept students from any undergraduate major.
We have limited seats available for the upcoming semester and are currently reviewing applications on an individual basis; contact Ed Nassr, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, if you would like to apply.
Application requirements are as follows:
- Non-refundable application fee of $75 (for both U.S. and international applicants)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
- Creative portfolio package (detailed below)
Your creative portfolio package should include:
- Personal statement
Please write two-pages about the following:
- What issues and subjects inform your artmaking practice?
- Why are you applying to the FTMA program at Sacred Heart University?
- What are your artistic goals?
- Five works essay
Please write brief comments on five works (films, books, plays, television shows, etc.) that you feel have influenced your thoughts as a filmmaker/video artist. It is important to say why and how these works have influenced you. Avoid writing plot summaries.
- Visual work sample
Include one sample of your work presented visually. Material done in collaboration with other artists is acceptable provided you were the major creative force and you explain the exact nature of your contribution.If you have not done any visual work in the past, feel free to submit something new that you create for your application. This can be anything from a few still pictures that express your vision, to a completed film, if you have more experience. You can provide examples of anything you’ve had a significant hand in creating, so that we can get a sense of your interests and visual style.For the visual work sample, choose either Photo or Video, you do not need to submit both.
The video submission can be a partial work or contain multiple selections as long as the total running time does not exceed five minutes. Please be clear about your specific contributions to the video sample provided. A link to your work must be included with your materials; please be sure no downloads or passwords are required, and test your video prior to submission.
- Photography (Stills)
Include up to 10 prints on any subject (black and white or color, with or without commentary). The photographs may also be a presentation of work in other media, such as painting, illustration, sculpture, set design, costume design, etc.
The address to which all documents can be sent is:
Sacred Heart University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements and Resumes can be sent via email to:
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
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