Master of Arts Media Producing

Become an Unstoppable Force in the Media and Entertainment Industries.

Fusing creativity and commerce, the next generation of storytellers will master the dynamics of producing as an art form and a business in NYU Tisch’s immersive online master’s in producing program. Our Master of Arts (MA) in Media Producing program is your gateway to honing your skills in identifying, executing, and marketing compelling stories in the exciting world of media, television, and film.

Producing is more than just a profession; it's an art form that demands a global, forward-thinking approach to bring new, compelling stories to the silver screen. Visionary producers guide film, television, and digital media projects from their initial concepts to the red carpet and beyond. From fundraising to casting, selecting the perfect director and crew, scheduling, managing production, post-production, and marketing, our program equips a global cohort with the tools and advanced training to bring your creative vision to life.

The fall 2024 application deadline has been extended to February 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

MA Media Producing Degree Details

  • 100% online on Smashcut, an innovative learning management system (LMS)

  • Financial aid is available for domestic students

  • 15-month and 32-credit program designed for working professionals

  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning

  • Optional curated experience at prestigious film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival

Tailored for working adults, this 15-month journey allows you to collaborate with peers from around the world. Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous classes and the community of weekly synchronous sessions. Your cohort will connect online from across the globe to learn together and bring their personal experiences and expertise to the virtual classroom. Watch this video for an MA in Media Producing course preview.

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Curriculum Highlights

  • Casting and Team Building: Master the art of building a dynamic and tenacious creative team.

  • Marketing and Distribution: Catapult your creation to center stage with innovative marketing and distribution expertise.

  • Project Management: Leverage the full potential of your resources with deep insights into each role and moving piece in the intricate world of media, film, and television from the breakdown of the script to the completion of principal photography.

  • Accounting and Financing: Harness the power of budgeting and scheduling to bring your visions to life and uncover creative fundraising strategies from industry leaders.

  • Creative Problem Solving: Become a seasoned problem solver in the surprising world of the film and media industries.

  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Explore and analyze the latest technologies in television and film production, including virtual production.

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Online Master's in Media Producing FAQ

What is the MA Media Producing?

Designed for working professionals, the Master of Arts Media Producing is a specialized graduate degree program that focuses on producing as an art form and business profession. Graduate students learn aspects of producing in the film and TV industry, from pitch and development to completed project and distribution.

Which courses will I take?

Classes, with the exception of the Thesis, are seven weeks long. View the sequence of courses for the MA in Media Producing Degree here.

Required courses:

 

  • Producing Essentials
  • Script Analysis
  • Production Management
  • Entertainment Business Law
  • Deal Making and Business Development in Media / Creative Fundraising
  • Post Production / Marketing and Distribution
  • Thesis I
  • Thesis II

 

Electives (students will select two of the following):

 

  • Media Mavericks
  • Festivals and Markets
  • New Technologies
  • Internship

 

Are all of the courses online?

Yes, all courses for this master's degree will be taken remotely and are fully online. Coursework is asynchronous and follows a weekly schedule, allowing students to watch the pre-recorded lessons and participate in crew-based and individual assessment activities. In each class there will be weekly 75-minute synchronous sessions, in which there is a scheduled day and time for a real-time class session or live video meeting with your instructor. All course material and communication will be delivered on the learning management system (LMS).

Is there a thesis or final project that is required to complete the program?

Yes, there is a thesis project as part of our master's program. Graduate students will choose to produce a short film, produce a prospectus of a proposed film or television pilot, or write a research paper. All students will be required to present their thesis to a panel of faculty and industry professionals.

What can I do with an MA in Media Producing?

With a master's degree in media producing, you can open doors to various exciting and rewarding opportunities in the media and entertainment industries depending on your career goals. Here are some of the roles and avenues you can pursue with this degree:

  1. Executive Producer: An executive producer is the head producer who secures financing for a film or TV show, supervises other producers, and ensures projects are completed on-time, within budget, and to brand, artistic, and technical standards. They are usually involved in the finance and business aspect of the project more so than day-to-day production of the film. 

  2. Television and Film Producer: As the most direct career path, you can become a producer or production manager in the film and video industry. Producers are responsible for overseeing all aspects of a production, from development and budgeting to casting, production, and distribution.

  3. Production Manager: Specializing in the logistics and planning of film and TV production, production managers handle the business side of producing. They manage the project's business plan which includes budgeting, scheduling, and ensure that everything runs smoothly on set.

  4. Development Executive: In this role, you'll be involved in identifying and nurturing new project ideas. You'll assess a script, screenplay or initial concept, decide what's worth pursuing, and help develop it into a marketable production.

  5. Casting Director: Casting directors are responsible for selecting actors for roles in a production. They work closely with producers and directors to find the right talent for each character.

  6. Distribution and Marketing: With your knowledge of how the industry works, you can work in distribution and marketing, ensuring that films and television shows reach their intended audience. This includes creating a marketing plan, negotiating distribution deals, and more.

  7. Entertainment Executive: You can pursue high-level positions in entertainment companies or media organizations in a professional environment, such as studio executives or network executives, where you'll make decisions about which projects to fund and bring to life.

  8. Content Development: Content development professionals are primarily focused on creating new quality content ideas for film, television, or the digital marketplace. They often work closely with writers and directors in the story development process to bring these ideas from conception to reality.

  9. Independent Filmmaker: Armed with your producing skills, you can venture into the world of independent filmmaking, where you have creative control over your projects be it documentary films, motion pictures, television programs independent feature films. This can involve producing and marketing your films independently.

  10. Film Festival Programmer: Some graduates may find roles in movie festivals, curating and selecting films for screening, organizing events, and connecting with filmmakers and industry professionals.

  11. Entrepreneurship: If you have a passion for the industry and a unique business idea, you can start your own media production company, content platform, interactive media, video programs, or related business.

  12. Media Consultant: You can offer your expertise as a consultant to help others in the industry make informed decisions about their projects from budgeting to creative direction. On the marketing-front, you can provide consultation on strategic content and branded storytelling.

Admissions FAQ

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Domestic Students

Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to look for outside sources of aid as well. In addition, most students will also take out loans to cover tuition.

All U.S. applicants who are 1.) accepted and 2.) have filed the FAFSA, will receive a financial aid package from New York University. U.S. applicants are strongly urged to complete the FAFSA by January 15.

International Students

International students are urged to look for outside sources of funding well in advance of the acceptance notice. Please note that non-U.S. citizens do not qualify for US Federal grants and loans, and thereby cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the U.S. government. International students can secure private educational loans from U.S. institutions if they have a cosigner who is a U.S. citizen. If financial aid is an important aspect of your application, don’t overlook funding opportunities from your home country, and from foundations that are internationally based, along with all possible personal, family and local resources.

Visit the Tisch Student Affairs Financial Aid website for more information.

If you have further questions about the Master of Arts Media Producing, please email tsp.ma.producing@nyu.edu.