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  • International Program – MFA Degree in Film and Television – Directing and Production Field of Study – Documentary Cinema

     

     

     

    MFA Degree in Film and Television – Directing and Production

    Field of Study – Documentary Cinema

     

     

    Degree Awarded

    MFA in Film and Television, Directing and Production

    Total no. of hours required to complete degree: 48 credit hours

     

    Program Goal

    This international MFA program, held for four terms, offers students a comprehensive education in visual documentary and non-fiction production. Students spend the first three sequential terms at Tel Aviv University gaining research skills, learning about script writing, producing, editing, and directing. Immensely hands-on, students will simultaneously gain theoretical grounding and practical knowledge of all aspects of documentary filmmaking. Students will learn from world-renowned filmmakers about using camera equipment, adjusting lighting, sound and setting, and scriptwriting. The practical workshops will provide students with comprehensive skills to produce their own films and television programs. During the fourth semester, students will produce a documentary film or television series at the location of their choice on a topic they are passionate about under the (virtual) guidance of an advisor. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to meet with experienced filmmakers and visual artists and will be encouraged to participate in the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

     

     

    Target Audience

    Students with a BA degree, including graduates from TAU and other institutions in Israel, and graduates from other countries interested in specializing in non-fiction filmmaking. Students with proven academic theoretical and practical background in the field, such as a relevant BA degree (Film and Television, or Communication Studies) may apply.

     

    Admissions

    Students applying must comply with the following conditions:

    • Weighted minimum grade of 80 in BA studies at TAU (or parallel grade from a recognized international institution as per admissions regulations)
    • BA in Film and Television, or in Communication Studies, or previous theoretical academic and proven practical background in the field
    • A professional portfolio
    • Personal interview with the acceptance committee (may be conducted over Skype or at TAU)
    • Exemption from English courses, as per CHE requirements

     

     

    Curriculum

    The four-semester program includes a total of 48 credit hours. Fourteen hours are dedicated to theoretical studies, and 34 credit hours are dedicated to practical studies. 

    courses list

    Semester

    Course

    Credit Hours

    I

    Directing Workshop I – Direct Cinema, Cinema Vérité

    2

    I

    Ethnographic Cinema Workshop

    2

    I

    Research for the Documentary Film –  Workshop

     

    2

    I

    Documentary Cinematography 1 – Workshop

     

    2

    I

    Meeting Israeli Directors – Workshop

    1

    I

    Contemporary Film Theories – Documentary Cinema – Seminar

    4

    Semester Break I – II

    International Master Class  – Visiting Artist Workshop

    2

     

     

     

    II

    Directing Workshop II – Testimony and Archives

    2

    II

    Documentary Screenplay Workshop

    2

    II

    Photography II Documentary Cinematography 2 –  Workshop

     

    2

    II

    Editing Workshop I

    2

    II

    Meeting Israeli Directors

    1

    II

    Cinematic/Television Narrative – Ethics of the Documentary Image

    4

    Summer Semester

     

     

    III

    Directing Workshop III –  Space and Place

    2

    III

    Editing Workshop II

    2

    III

    Sound Design

    2

    III

    Development and Production – Preparing the Final Project

     

    III

    Identity and Memory Technologies in Israeli Documentary Cinema

     

     

     

     

    IV

    Final Project Seminar

     

    2

    IV

    Final Project 1

     

    2

    IV

    Final Project 2

     

    2

    IV

    Final Project Tutoring

    2

     

     

     

     

    Final Project

    The student will be required to submit a short original documentary, to be accompanied by a 10-page academic theoretical research paper, addressing one of the aspects of the film.

     

     

    Final Grade

    The final grade for the degree will be calculated as follows:

    25% - course grades

    35% - seminar papers

    40% - final project and accompanying theoretical paper

     

    Completion of Studies

    Students who have completed all degree requirements must fill in the “Completion of Studies” form in the Personal Information tab on the TAU site. 

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