Johns Hopkins adds master's program in Film and Media

Program will focus on business of film, writing for film and television, and sound production

In response to the film industry's growing need for seasoned screenwriters, forward-looking film executives, and skilled sound engineers, Johns Hopkins has launched a Master of Arts in Film and Media program, which will focus on the business of film, writing for film and television, and sound production. All courses will be held in the new film studio and recording center in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

The program will be offered by Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, a division of the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

"Achieving a career in today's entertainment and media industry takes a special talent, as well as an insider's understanding of the business practices needed to succeed," says Roberto Busó-García, the program's director. "Film and Media students will gain the creative expertise, a compelling portfolio, and the professional network to accomplish just that. In designing your film and television career in our program, the sky's the limit."

Students in the program will take 11 courses and choose two concentrations:

  • The business concentration, taught by veteran development and acquisitions executives, teaches the skills to develop business plans, investor decks, and marketing plans and offers the opportunity to present them to invited executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.

  • The sound concentration provides hands-on audio experience in creating and recording sound effects, dialogue, and music for film and media projects in a new sound studio co-designed by faculty members Thomas Dolby and Scott Metcalfe.

  • The writing concentration, led by award-winning screenwriters and television writers, guides students as they build a portfolio and draft feature length screenplays, television spec scripts, and television pilots that are reviewed by guest executives, agents, and executive producers.

In addition, all students will acquire hands-on experience in developing, shooting, editing, and marketing original film and television content in the Graduate Filmmaking Studio.

The Master of Arts in Film and Media is tailored to students who wish to advance their current career as well as those looking to change careers and work in the entertainment industry.

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