One of Grady College’s fastest growing graduate programs, the Master of Arts in Emerging Media, is offering a new program that features curriculum completely online. The Emerging Media Masters Online program will not only double the capacity of the program, but will also enable the curriculum to be accessed from literally anywhere in the world.
The EM online program has been under development for a few years, and with the recent increased focus on online learning due to the coronavirus, this program is expected to be even more sought after.
“We have seen incredible interest and growth in the Emerging Media program since introducing it in 2016, and offering this online component with curriculum that is completely accessible via the internet is a natural evolution,” said Jeff Springston, associate dean for research and graduate studies for Grady College.
Springston said the online program will be especially popular for people in early- or mid-career stage who want to advance their digital skillset, as well as international students who want to improve their digital education.
The EM online program follows the same curriculum as the residential program and educates students on technology and design for digital media. Both programs focus on interactive digital media through a project-based curriculum that encompasses design, development, digital storytelling, social strategy, data analytics, brand identity, user research, product ideation, project management and emerging technologies. Eleven classes or 33 hours are required to complete the degree.
The EM program has been developing its online curriculum since 2017 thanks to an Online Course Innovation Grant from the Office of Online Learning. The summer 2020 class represents the first EM class that will be completely online.
“The online cohort will still be very collaborative like the residential cohort,” explained Megan Ward, administrative director for the New Media Institute. The NMI advises the EM students.
Online EM students will have a choice of taking classes in an accelerated one-year program, or as a two-year program designed for part-time students and working professionals. The residential program will be closely aligned with client projects through UGA’s new Innovation District. Students will apply for and be accepted for one program or the other, but there will not be any overlap.
Qualified participants in the inaugural class of the Emerging Media Online Masters will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full or until May 1, 2020.
Applications for the 2021 residential and online Emerging Media programs will be accepted until March 1, 2021.
Applicants must submit the following to be eligible for consideration: GRE scores, Graduate School application, Grady College supplemental application, three letters of recommendation and a statement of Interest.
Graduate program to work with Georgia Film Academy at Pinewood Forest
Georgia’s burgeoning film and television industry stands ready to benefit from an expanded work force, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the University of Georgia, the Georgia Film Academy and Pinewood Forest, the new community in Fayetteville, Georgia, located adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have aligned with Pinewood Forest and the Georgia Film Academy to create a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media program. The program is the first of its kind in Georgia, with students taking classes in an academic setting during the first year and producing projects in a major studio setting during the second year.
“The University of Georgia is uniquely positioned to house this interdisciplinary program that will make a lasting economic and educational impact on one of our state’s leading industries,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “We are grateful for the support of Dan Cathy and Pinewood Forest, the Georgia Film Academy, and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in helping us to establish it.”
There are nearly 45,800 direct motion picture and television industry jobs in Georgia, according to the Motion Picture Association. In the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, Georgia hosted 391 projects that had a direct in-state spend of $2.9 billion, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“As Georgia continues to grow as a world leader in film and TV production, UGA will help to meet our state’s critical need for world-class writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors and other key personnel for years to come,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College.
The new MFA Film program is a significant addition to the university’s already strong educational offerings related to the film and television industry, including Grady College’s entertainment and media studies major and Franklin College’s film studies major.
“This program is an important step in the evolution of film studies at UGA as we continue to broaden our students’ creative abilities,” said Alan Dorsey, dean of Franklin College. “The collaboration between Franklin College and Grady College will produce many new imaginative projects and prepare a new generation of graduate students for exciting careers in global media.”
MFA Film Curriculum
The MFA Film program will matriculate its cohort in fall 2020. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15, 2020, and can be viewed at mfafilm.uga.edu.
UGA’s MFA Film program is the only master of fine arts program in film production at a public university in Georgia. It will be offered to students at a tuition rate comparable to that of other graduate programs at the university, making it one of the most financially accessible programs of its caliber in the country.
Students are expected to range from recent graduates to those who have worked in the industry for a few years and are looking for a new challenge.
The MFA Film program will be a two-year (six-semester), 62-credit-hour program culminating in capstone experiences and professional internships.
During the first year of the program, students will study on the University of Georgia campus in Athens and take courses focused on writing for the screen, producing, directing, film history, audio production and lighting, among others.
During the second year, students will work on capstone projects and internships through the Georgia Film Academy while living at Pinewood Forest, a 235-acre master-planned residential and mixed-use development. Second-year courses are expected to include advanced writing, advanced production, advanced directing, computer animation and thesis film.
“The vision for Pinewood has always been to create an extraordinary environment for the next generation of creators, storytellers and entrepreneurs,” said Dan Cathy, Pinewood Atlanta Studios owner, who has helped make the MFA program possible through personal financial support and accommodation at Pinewood Forest. “We are thrilled to partner with Jeffrey Stepakoff, President Morehead, Dean Davis and everyone involved by hosting these inspiring students and faculty at Pinewood.”
The MFA Film program will feature student-created films and television projects produced in collaboration with industry professionals each year.
Fundamentals and advanced courses in film and television production will be taught in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, efficiently utilizing existing resources in the state’s acclaimed workforce program.
“Along with providing affordable, accessible, high quality training, this critical new professional degree program will help ensure that Georgia has its own complete and sustainable entertainment industry,” said Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.
Industry-related workshops and lectures also will be sponsored by the program. As the program grows, partnerships will be established with additional professional production sites in Georgia.
The MFA in Film, Television and Digital Media is added to a stable of existing MFA programs at the university. An MFA in Narrative Media Writing, which includes a screenwriting track, was launched in Grady College in 2015. Within Franklin College, the Lamar Dodd School of Art offers a studio art MFA, and the department of theatre and film studies offers a pre-professional MFA with concentrations in acting; scenic, lighting and costume design; and dramatic media.
Grady College is the founding home of the George Foster Peabody Awards, one of the most prestigious awards for powerful and enlightening stories in television, radio and digital media. Every entry submitted for Peabody Award consideration is archived at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, representing the third largest media collection in the world.