The Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Communication with an interest in environmental, natural history, or wildlife filmmaking. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee based on an essay detailing the student's aspirations and interest in the field. Named for the parents of Professor Chris Palmer, the scholarship was established in 2013 by Professor Palmer and his wife Gail Shearer.
Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholars are chosen annually in order to further the Center's mission to produce the next generation of environmental and wildlife filmmakers. Scholars are selected during the second year of their graduate program, when they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours and are about to embark on their thesis projects.
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking Challenge Prize is an annual competition open to School of Communication second-year graduate students who have overcome (or are overcoming) challenges and adversity in their lives such as poverty, marginalization, racism, or personal tragedy, and who plan to use environmental and wildlife media to influence personal behavior or public policy and make the world a better place.
The Neel Foundation Fund in honor of Professor John Stephen Douglass was established in 2015 to support one or more outstanding graduate students studying Film & Media Arts (FMA) or its successor program in the School of Communication (SOC) whose focus is documentary filmmaking.
Income from the fund will be awarded to degree seeking FMA graduate students to assist them in completing their film to the appropriate level for them to enter it in a film festival or to use it as an example of their work as part of a professional portfolio. The Dean of SOC will appoint a faculty committee to select recipients who will receive support from the Fund. It is suggested that the committee composition consist of the FMA division director and two or more additional faculty members or an alternate composition as determined by the Dean. Funds will be used to offset expenses incurred for finishing purposes; e.g. audio mix, color correction, sound correction, titling, editorial consulting, etc.; or to offset expenses associated with entering competitions or festivals, including duplication costs, shipping expenses and entry fees. If, in a particular year, there are no qualified applicants, the University shall reserve the funds for subsequent years when qualified applicants are identified.
The Pedas Family Foundation Fund was established in 2016 by the James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation to provide scholarship support to one or more outstanding graduate students studying Film & Media Arts (FMA) or its successor program in the School of Communication at the University. Income from the Fund will be awarded annually in accord with the University's financial aid policies to deserving full time second or third year graduate student(s) with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing who are enrolled in a degree program in FMA at the University. The Scholarship will be administered by the University's Office of Financial Aid. Recipients of the Scholarship will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants by a panel of representatives selected by the Dean of SOC. Panel members may include the FMA division director and two or more additional faculty members or an alternate composition as determined by the Dean.
The scholarship is awarded for one academic year and may be eligible for renewal. If, in a particular year, there are no qualified applicants, the University may choose to award the scholarship in a manner that best follows the Donor's original intent or to reserve the funds for subsequent years when qualified applicants are identified. Scholarships awarded by the Fund will be applied to the cost of attending the University.
Ashley Holmes, SOC/MA '17
My skills, confidence, and determination all reached a new high.
When Ashley Holmes, a Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholar, signed up for Classroom in the Wild, she wasn't entirely sure what to expect. She knew she would get hands-on experience in a natural setting. What she didn't know is that she would be walking away with more knowledge and capability than she'd gained from any previous class…and a compelling PSA. Producing "Meet George" boosted her technical skills and her confidence. Ashley went on to win the 2017 Eco-Comedy Video Competition with her entry "Planet B."
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Our MA in Film and Production Media is a 36-credit, 24-month program that will help you build a solid professional skill set in film, video, and digital media. You’ll acquire professional competencies in scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing, while also learning the historical, conceptual, and aesthetic foundations and frameworks of the art form and the industry.
Our MFA in Film and Media Arts is a 54-credit, 36-month terminal degree that prepares you to teach at the university level. The focus is more on how meaningful stories are constructed, in an artistic sense, for public knowledge and action. You will also focus your studies in one of four concentrations: Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking; Political, Cultural and Social Impact; Art in Entertainment; or Games and Interactivity.
The Film & Media Arts division of American University's School of Communication is a leader in visual storytelling and integrating the latest and evolving technologies into production and distribution.
As a result, we are pleased to partner with Apple to provide you with recommendations for your laptop needs. Remember that we have an all-digital tapeless production workflow, which means that the central tool for managing media is your computer. Read about the specific computer requirements for this program.
Applicants with prior experience in visual media, who wish to be considered for a substitution of the required COMM-610 Principles of Video Productio and/or COMM-663 Techniques and Aesthetics of Editing courses, should submit a written request illustrating relevant coursework or professional experience. Those requesting a substitution of either or both of these required courses will be required to take and pass an exam. Students granted substitutions for either, or both, of these required courses take advanced coursework in order to fulfill those academic credits. It is up to the discretion of the faculty committee to allow students to proceed to fall courses even if they pass either, or both, of the required bootcamp courses.
The School of Communication offers a number of opportunities for hands-on learning that also allow you to showcase your own work. The Visions Awards celebrate the best in student visual work—documentary, fiction, digital and new media, screenwriting, and photography. Our partnership with the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague helps students develop their skills and portfolios in photography and super 16mm or 35mm film. The Center for Environmental Filmmaking inspires a new generation of filmmakers and media experts whose commitment to environmental stewardship drives them to produce creative work that is informative, ethically sound, and entertaining. And our Center for Media & Social Impact empowers media that matter as an innovation incubator and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact.