The Film and Television Masters Programs (MFA and MA) offered by the School of Communication and Media Arts at Sacred Heart University are “conservatory style” programs devoted to cinematic storytelling across all platforms.

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Our program is designed to foster the next generation of storytellers through dynamic workshops and independent projects. FTMA’s home is in the heart of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor” with close ties to nearby New York City. Focusing on story and hands-on production, students learn the craft and techniques that will empower them to stand out in today's media market. Our program is especially unique in that our students complete their own professional portfolio while going beyond the classroom into professional environments. Through partnerships with media companies and guidance from industry professionals, our students tailor their concentration to meet their career needs.    

Student Experience

Our goal is to inspire and empower students to find their independent, artistic and intellectual visions by creating their own content.

Students immerse themselves in the form and techniques of film, television, and transmedia storytelling. FTMA offers small class sizes centered on in-class lectures, workshops and hands-on productions. Every student works closely with a mentor or industry professional, who also serves as that student’s artistic and academic advisor for the entire year-long program.

Students tailor their professional skills based on their individualized goals while our faculty guides them toward completing meaningful projects and developing professional partnerships.

FTMA students complete the program with real work experience and a finished professional reel ready for the job market.

Admission / Application

FTMA is a Master’s program open to anyone interested in telling visual stories. We do not require any previous media production experience. We encourage all motivated learners from any undergraduate major or career to apply.

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We currently have limited seats available for Fall 2018. We are currently reviewing applications on an individual basis. Please contact Paul Rychlik:

Paul Rychlik
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT
Ofc: (203) 365-4804
Cell: (203) 927-6921


  • Non-refundable application fee – the graduate application fee will be $75 for both US and international applicants.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Two Letters of recommendation (at least one academic)

Please prepare the following items for your creative portfolio package:

  • Please write a two-page personal statement that addresses the following:
    1. What issues and subjects inform your art making practice?
    2. Why are you applying to our FTMA program at Sacred Heart University?
    3. What are your artistic goals?
  • Please write brief comments on 5 works (films, books, plays, television shows, etc.,) that you feel have influenced your thoughts as a filmmaker/video artist. It is important to say why and how these works have influenced you. Avoid writing plot summaries
  • One sample of your work presented visually. Material done in collaboration with other artists is acceptable provided you were the major creative force and you explain the exact nature of your contribution.Choose ONE of the following formats (i.e., do not combine video and photography): Video – The submission can be a partial work or contain multiple selections as long as the total running time does not exceed 5 minutes. Video footage of staged plays or theater performances is not acceptable. Please be clear about your specific contributions to the video sample. A link to your work must be provided with your materials. Please be sure no downloads or passwords are required. Please test your video prior to submission. Or, Photography (Stills) – no more than 10 prints on any subject, black and white or color, with or without commentary. The photographs may also be a presentation of work in other media, such as painting, illustration, sculpture, set design, costume design, etc.

Send all Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements and Resumes via e-mail to:

Paul Rychlik, MS, MBA, PMP
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT
Ofc: (203) 365-4804
Cell: (203) 927-6921

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Classes will be held at Sacred Heart University’s West Campus in Fairfield, CT, housing new facilities that include a soundstage, post-production suites, and production offices. FTM(F)A is in the heart of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor”, drawing from the resources of nearby New York City to create a relevant and rich learning experience

The FTMA facilities also include an advanced HD television studio with a large green screen ready for any virtual set. Our large inventory of production equipment ensures that as soon as students begin the program they have consistent access to the latest tools and software for their projects.


FTMA students shoot their films with the latest in DSLR HD camera technology, C100, and Black Magic Camera Systems. With the Canon 5D Mark II and the Red Rock Cinema Bundle shoulder mount and follow focus, students will be using the same camera systems used in some of Hollywood’s biggest productions such as Captain America, Iron Man 2, Drive, House, and Hawaii  Five-O.

With digital editing being the industry standard, students will learn the craft of editing on professional quality systems using Adobe Premiere and the Avid Symphony software. Students will have access to all the resources available, including new professional editing suites equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, After Effects, Pro Tools, Color, and other postproduction software,

Television production students will benefit from the use of full HD studio camera with 3-D capability. Our television/streaming equipment is the industry standard for in-studio and field, mobile shooting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the craft and technique involved in film and television production, from screenwriting, cinematography/videography, editing, lighting, and post-production, to directing, producing, and distribution.
  • Develop the intellectual engagement necessary for visual and cinematic narrative, and a lasting commitment to film, television and transmedia storytelling.
  • Develop a theoretical, aesthetic, and historical understanding of film and television as narrative media and industries.