Department of Media and Communication Arts College of Liberal Arts and Science City College of the City University of New York

Department of Media and Communication Arts College of Liberal Arts and Science City College of the City University of New York

New York, NY
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Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts Production

CCNY's M.F.A. in Media Arts Production degree program is the only 2-year graduate-level film program (51 credits) of its kind, offering "Documentary" and "Fiction" tracks in an affordable and accessible public institution. A culturally diverse filmmaking community, located in New York City, the cultural capital of the world, with ready access to the finest talent, locations, organizations, and production facilities. For new and aspiring filmmakers, this graduate M.F.A. degree program opens doors to the independent film world of NYC and beyond.

Since its inception in 1997, graduates of this program have taken their films directly into the professional arena -- from national television broadcasts to Student Emmys and Academy Awards. Their work has screened at Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and other major film festivals across the globe. Its faculty of award-winning filmmakers, including Chantal Akerman, are dedicated to the principles of strong original storytelling through the creation of socially meaningful, visually engaging, and cost effective work. It is also home of the new Documentary Forum-CCNY Center for Film, Journalism, and Interactive Media. For more information students should visit: and

Master of Professional Studies in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC)

Located in the media capital of the world, the master's in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) degree program reinforces City College's commitment to innovation, scholarship, and leadership. This is where future communication leaders take time to think, reflect, and roll up their sleeves. It's a grad program. A think tank. An executive training ground.

CCNY's 36-credit, portfolio-driven master's degree program combines theory and practice in an interdisciplinary, multi-tracked curriculum that addresses the opportunities and needs of marketing communications industries on behalf of both private and not-for-profit organizations. The 3 tracks are in 1) "Management/Planning," 2) "Creative," and 3) "Public Relations."

With input from some of the world's top marketing executives, BIC is designed to address the new cross-disciplinary challenges of creating and managing brand identity at a time when global, digital, and more immersive -- even tactile -- communications are rapidly evolving. At BIC, students explore how communication creates meaning and adds value: to a company, for the consumer, in society.

Students enter curious and leave curious, but with credentials. For more information, interested students should visit or the BIC blog at BIC is also on Twitter.

Unlimited Resources in the Media and Communications Capital of the World

Combining history, theory, and critical analysis with hands-on practical experience, the graduate programs in the Department of Media and Communication Arts at City College welcome students from all over the globe to study with an illustrious faculty in New York City. MCA's campus facilities are supplemented by the unparalleled resources of the city, from the marketing mecca of Madison Avenue to a rich filmmaking tradition celebrated in venues such as The TriBeCa Film Festival and City College's own Cityvisions, an annual film and video showcase that awards prizes to promising filmmakers in 8 categories and attracts over a thousand enthusiasts, distributors, and agents each year.

MCA's liberal-arts based, professionally-oriented programs are part of the Division of Humanities and the Arts where cross-disciplinary collaboration within the department and across the quad (where over 90 different languages can be heard) is encouraged. There is potential to collaborate with students in music, architecture, computer science, psychology, economics, etc., as well as access to the faculty, programs, and resources throughout the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban school system in the country.

Extraordinary Experts at the Top of their Fields

Being an integral part of this diverse and truly cosmopolitan city is unique inspiration for creative thought and statement. Faculty members include active professionals at the pinnacle of their disciplines, including world famous filmmakers, CMOs of top media companies, EVPs at global advertising agencies. MCA classrooms come alive with guest lecturers who are active industry leaders, including such advertising/public realtions luminaries as George Lois, Ty Montague, Michael Roth, and John Zweig. Master classes with internationally acclaimed filmmakers are a regular feature of the M.F.A. degree program; recent guests include Alan Berliner, Stanley Nelson, Laura Poitras, and Christine Vachon, among others.

Not only is the MCA curriculum informed by industry expertise, but there are rich opportunities to connect through mentorships, internships, site visits, conferences, and unparalleled networking. M.F.A. degree program students are annual guests of the IFP Market, attend professional pitch sessions, and find internships among the myriad of independent production companies based in NYC. The marketing and distribution course is taught by leading arthouse film distributor Nancy Gerstman, President of Zeitgeist Films, and each semester City College offers a "Life After Film School" panel bringing film funders and producers to campus. Current BIC Advisory Board includes David Sable, Global CEO of Y&R, Barri Rafferty, CEO of Ketchum NA, Rob Norman, CDO of GroupM, Peter Finn, Founder of Finn Partners, and Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chair of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, all of whom provide engaged oversight of the BIC program and students.

A Beautiful Campus at a Historic College

The MCA Department is located in Shepard Hall, one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in the United States. This masterwork of George Post was the subject of a recent article in "The New York Times," entitled "The Very Model of a University." CCNY's Gothic Quad features 4 buildings with terra-cotta ornament and over 600 grotesques and gargoyles. Such grandeur is fitting for the first free institution of higher learning, established in 1847. Today, CCNY is listed by "The Princeton Review" as one of the country's top colleges and 4th most diverse. CCNY's tuition is one of the greatest values in the United States. With a tradition of access to excellence, City College has more Nobel Prize winning alumni than any public university in the country. Students can read more about this historic institution at

MCA facilities include 3 dedicated computer labs with specialized software, 2 for non-linear digital editing with Final Cut Pro editing software (currently transitioning to AVID), and Macintosh computer systems. In addition, the department has a theatre as well as 2 large lecture classrooms that can project film or video, 2 production studios with lighting and grip equipment, and a resource center/conference room.

Location & Contact

Department of Media and Communication Arts

College of Liberal Arts and Science
City College of the City University of New York

160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031-9198
United States

Jerry Carlson


Phone: 212-650-5398
Fax: 212-650-7272

Andrea Weiss


Phone: 212-650-7235
Fax: 212-650-7272

Nancy Tag

Phone: 212-650-6562
Fax: 212-650-7272

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Media Arts Production Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Branding And Integrated Communications Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 55
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


33% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 200
    • Accepted 65
    • Acceptance Rate 33
    • Enrolled 58
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $125
    • Application Fee - International $125
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesvideotape portfolio
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students115
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students115
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino46%
    • Black / African American21%
    • White / Caucasian18%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableScholarship and/or loans