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Compelling Media, Powerful Stories

Media matters when it is compelling. To tell a powerful visual story that stirs the heart, to shape a bold narrative that persuades the mind, to drive knowledge that demands action, at the American University School of Communication (SOC) Film and Media Arts division, that's exactly what we teach you to do.

You can build a solid core of knowledge in film, video, photography, and new and emerging media. Scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing are all part of the mix of professional skills you'll learn here to prepare yourself for a career as an artist creating compelling stories for public knowledge and action.

The photography program's focus allows you to learn both analogue and digital modes of communication through a variety of genres including fine art photography and photojournalism.

You can choose to focus on the business side of film and video — financing, distribution, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, even intellectual property law — to equip yourself for a career as a producer or production manager.

Or you can bring your creativity into play and stretch your capacity in experiential learning, applying underlying principles of virtual reality and game design to non-game contexts.

You'll also gain access to the abundant resources SOC has to offer, from our state-of-the-art film and video studios and equipment to our renowned academic and research centers that leverage the vast experience of our faculty and give our students unique academic and professional opportunities.

You'll learn from expert faculty who are working professionals in film, media, and game design and who know what it takes to tell stories of consequence that influence and convince. They've won Oscars, Emmys, and a multitude of other awards, and their work appears across the media landscape. Their innovative instruction and their insightful mentorship have opened doors to rewarding careers for thousands of our students.

If you want to learn how to make your own story come to life as a filmmaker, game researcher, media creator, or producer, this is the place for you.

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MA in Film & Media Production

Gain a professional skill set in film, video, and digital media for a successful career in the media industry.

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MFA in Film & Media Arts

Prepare for a career as an artist creating meaningful stories and to teach at the university level.

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MA in Producing Film, Television & Video

Train as producer for independent feature films, documentary films or videos, educational videos, and more.

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MA in Game Design

Practice the power of play by gaining skills in engagement strategies and game design to make an impact on the world inside and outside of games.

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BA in Photography

Delves into the evolution of photography, and students gain hands-on experience in darkrooms and digital editing labs. 

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MFA in Games & Interactive Media

Make change through the power of games with this terminal degree in the field of game design.

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BA in Film & Media Arts

Provides you with a professional skill set in photography, film, video, and digital media.

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