Frequently Asked Questions

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When are applications due for Fall 2018 enrollment?
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Please contact:

Paul Rychlik
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT / Stamford, CT
Ofc: (203) 365-4804
Cell: (203) 927-6921
Email: rychlikp@sacredheart.edu

 


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What makes the FTMA program different from others?
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We are a conservatory, offering a foundation in storytelling for the film and television arts.  Our goal is to guide you toward creating your stories and teach you skills that apply your voice to the new media market.


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Why the focus on Story?
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A foundation of story ensures that our students will be able to apply their skills across all mediums and engage any audience. Storytelling is at the heart of creating meaningful, visual content and making choices to serve story allows maximum impact on your viewers.


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How big are the classes?
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We admit a smaller number of applicants in order to ensure that each student receives the specialized attention they deserve. Lecture courses will not exceed 24 students while writing/directing and other workshops will hold 12 students or less.


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What will I work on with my mentor/advisor?
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Our faculty will help guide you toward meaningful projects and professional partnerships based on your individualized goals. You will work closely with a mentor who will help you tailor your experience and advise you on your work.


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What do I accomplish in two years?
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Students will complete our two-year program with an understanding of the theory and practice of writing and designing a visual story and a Film and Television Masters Degree. Students gain real work experience and access to creative professionals through our growing community of companies and organizations. Students create and produce narrative films, along with commercial and documentary projects that culminate with a thesis work and professional reel.


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What’s the program’s schedule like?
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Throughout the FTMA program, students are immersed in classes, hands-on projects, and production work. In the first full year, each 12-week trimester consists of three courses. Each class meets once per week, requiring students to work on assignments and exercises, in collaboration with their peers, between sessions. Larger, benchmark projects are scheduled during for winter and summer breaks. In year two, students take classes specific to a chosen concentration: screenwriting, directing, or producing. There is curriculum time dedicated to internship experience and thesis work. Throughout the student experience, there are also technical workshops, guest speakers, and master class events in addition to the course load.


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My undergraduate degree is in something unrelated to what I want to study at the graduate level. Does that make a difference?
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The FTMA receives applications from students with a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds. Applicants do not need to have a comprehensive academic background or extensive professional experience in their field.


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Are campus visits or tours available?
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The graduate admissions office staff will be happy to meet with you to answer all your questions about the admissions process and general information about the school and university.Please contact: Paul Rychlik, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, (203) 365-4804  rychlikp@sacredheart.edu


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How do people pay for their degrees? Is there financial aid available? How do I apply for it?
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Sacred Heart University Student Financial Services work carefully with students to arrange the financing of their degrees. Loan packages, fellowships, scholarships and other options are available for eligible students.


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What are the details of the new Graduate Center at Stamford?
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Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Center is located in buildings 3 & 4 of Landmark Square, near I-95, the Merritt Parkway and Stamford’s transportation center, downtown restaurants, hotels, shopping and businesses.  Building amenities include:

  • Shuttle service

  • Wireless internet

  • Close proximity to money exchange, 9-screen movie theater, Stamford Town Center Mall, travel agency, printing shop, fax services, insurance agency

  • Full-service gourmet cafe with indoor and outdoor dining

  • The Stamford Innovation Center and Ferguson Library located directly across the street

  • Within walking distance of the city’s Transportation Center