The Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Communication with an interest in environmental, natural history, or wildlife filmmaking. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee based on an essay detailing the student's aspirations and interest in the field. Named for the parents of Professor Chris Palmer, the scholarship was established in 2013 by Professor Palmer and his wife Gail Shearer.
Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholars are chosen annually in order to further the Center's mission to produce the next generation of environmental and wildlife filmmakers. Scholars are selected during the second year of their graduate program, when they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours and are about to embark on their thesis projects.
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking Challenge Prize is an annual competition open to School of Communication second-year graduate students who have overcome (or are overcoming) challenges and adversity in their lives such as poverty, marginalization, racism, or personal tragedy, and who plan to use environmental and wildlife media to influence personal behavior or public policy and make the world a better place.
The Neel Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding graduate students in Film and Media Arts whose focus is documentary filmmaking to assist them in completing their films to the appropriate level for them to use in their portfolio of work or enter them in film festivals. This scholarship has been established in honor of Professor John Stephen Douglass.
The Pedas Family Foundation Fund provides scholarship support deserving second- or third-year graduate students with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing who are studying Film and Media Arts.
Ashley Holmes, SOC/MA '17
My skills, confidence, and determination all reached a new high.
When Ashley Holmes, a Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholar, signed up for Classroom in the Wild, she wasn't entirely sure what to expect. She knew she would get hands-on experience in a natural setting. What she didn't know is that she would be walking away with more knowledge and capability than she'd gained from any previous class…and a compelling PSA. Producing "Meet George" boosted her technical skills and her confidence. Ashley went on to win the 2017 Eco-Comedy Video Competition with her entry "Planet B."
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Our MA in Film and Media Arts is a 36-credit, 24-month program that will help you build a solid professional skill set in film, video, and digital media. You’ll acquire professional competencies in scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing, while also learning the historical, conceptual, and aesthetic foundations and frameworks of the art form and the industry.
Our MFA in Film and Electronic Media is a 54-credit, 36-month terminal degree that prepares you to teach at the university level. The focus is more on how meaningful stories are constructed, in an artistic sense, for public knowledge and action. You will also focus your studies in one of four concentrations: Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking; Political, Cultural and Social Impact; Art in Entertainment; or Games and Interactivity.
The Film & Media Arts division of American University's School of Communication is a leader in visual storytelling and integrating the latest and evolving technologies into production and distribution.
As a result, we are pleased to partner with Apple to provide you with recommendations for your laptop needs. Remember that we have an all-digital tapeless production workflow, which means that the central tool for managing media is your computer. Read about the specific computer requirements for this program.
If you have prior experience in visual media, you may be able to waive the required Boot Camp courses: Principles of Video Production and/or Principles of Photography. You will need to submit a written request illustrating relevant coursework or professional experience, and you will be required to pass a waiver exam. Waiving these requirements does not reduce the number of credit hours needed to graduate. Students granted waivers for either or both of these required courses take more advanced coursework to fulfill the necessary academic credits to complete the program.
The School of Communication offers a number of opportunities for hands-on learning that also allow you to showcase your own work. The Visions Awards celebrate the best in student visual work—documentary, fiction, digital and new media, screenwriting, and photography. Our partnership with the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague helps students develop their skills and portfolios in photography and super 16mm or 35mm film. The Center for Environmental Filmmaking inspires a new generation of filmmakers and media experts whose commitment to environmental stewardship drives them to produce creative work that is informative, ethically sound, and entertaining. And our Center for Media & Social Impact empowers media that matter as an innovation incubator and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact.