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MPS Directing at SVA is a one-year master's degree program in film directing, designed to provide a holistic approach to director’s craft. Students develop the intellectual and practical tools for directing film through a curriculum focused on the art of visual storytelling, story development from script to screen, directing actors and understanding and utilizing cinematic tools to tell a compelling visual narrative. With the guidance of an award-winning faculty, students cultivate original ideas for successful, inventive films. The 30-credit course of study also addresses the historical and critical context of film as an art form, its political and sociocultural dimensions and film and video theory. The program culminates in a thesis-based short film festival held at the SVA Theatre.

2016 - 2017 student population

12 matriculated students

Department chair

Bob Giraldi, writer and director (New York International Film Festival’s first-ever Living Legend Award, Advertising Hall of Fame; Art Directors Hall of Fame; London International Awards; Cannes Advertising Awards; Addy Awards; Chicago Film Festival Awards; Clio Awards; Best Drama Award, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival; Jury Award, Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; American Music Awards; Billboard Music Award; People's Choice Award; MTV Video Music Award; named among Rolling Stone's top 10 examples of video art at The Museum of Modern Art; Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York)

Faculty members

Sharon Greytak (director and producer, Archeology of a Woman); Laurence Kardish (former senior film curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York); Alex Dinelaris (screenwriter, Birdman); Francesco Portinari (editor, Discovery Channel, UNICEF); Anelisa Garfunkel (writer, director, producer, Tuberville, We Will Ride); Megan Hessenthaler (writer, director, Gorilla Suit)

Some notable guest lecturers

Brett Haley (writer, director, I’ll See You In My Dreams); Tim Ives (director of photography, Girls, Stranger Things); Danny Aiello (Academy-Award-nominated actor, MoonlightingThe ProfessionalCapone); Silas Howard (director, Transparent); Jeffrey Bowers (senior curator, Vimeo); Doug LeClaire (director, Asbury Shorts NYC); Barry Markowitz (ASC director of photography, Crazy HeartSling Blade); Gillian Robespierre (director and writer, Obvious Child); Paul Schnee (casting director, The HelpWinter’s Bone); Tim Van Patten (director, Boardwalk EmpireThe Sopranos)

Student exhibitions

Students' thesis films are screened at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan.

Department website

More information

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Media requests

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