Dec 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Producing, J.D./M.F.A.


In conjunction with the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a joint program leading to both a JD degree and an MFA in Film and Television Producing degree. Offered to full time students, the program requires at least four years of study. Students must be accepted into the JD program in the Law School first, then apply to the MFA program in Dodge College during their first year of Law. The JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing gives students the opportunity to obtain two highly marketable professional degrees designed for individuals seeking careers as entertainment attorneys, legal counsel at production companies, agencies, guilds or studios, as producers or as executives in the entertainment industry.

The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers an MFA in Film and Television Producing that consists of 48 credits and is completed by full-time students in four semesters, while the Fowler School of Law offers a JD program that consists of 88 credits and is typically completed by full-time students in six semesters. The two programs, combined into the joint degree, require the completion of only 123 credits, a savings of 13 credits, resulting from the cross-application of completed coursework in the two schools.

Students must satisfy the minimum requirements for each degree program including course requirements, GPA, residency and other requirements listed in the graduate catalog.

Students pursuing the Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Producing degree are held to the University's Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition these specific degree standards apply:

  • Complete 123 credits.
  • Minimum grade "C+" or above required in all coursework.
  • Maintain 3.000 GPA in the degree.
  • Successfully complete the thesis.

Joint degree requirements


The following courses make up the Joint JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing curriculum:

first year (35 credits) - fall requirements (15 credits)


first year (35 credits) - summer requirements (6 credits)


second year (27 credits) - summer requirement (3 credits)


third year (30 credits) - fall requirements (12 credits)


third year (30 credits) - summer requirements (6 credits)


fourth year (31 credits) - fall requirement (16 credits)


total credits 123