University of Miami - Department of Cinematic Arts

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Basic Information

Phone Number: 305-284-6902
Fax Number: 305-284-5207
Address: Department of Cinematic Arts 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Additional Information

President: Julio Frenk
School Type: Four Year College
Public/Private: Private
Religious Affiliation: None
Gender Preference: Coed
Historical Black College/University: No
Hispanic Serving Institute: Yes
School Setting:

A vibrant and diverse academic community, the University of Miami has rapidly progressed to become one of America's top research universities.

A private research university with more than 17,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

The University comprises 11 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. UM ranks No. 46 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list and ranked No. 44 in the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Established in 1925 during the region's famous real estate boom, UM is a major research university engaged in $324 million in research and sponsored program expenditures annually. While the majority of this work is housed at the Miller School of Medicine, investigators conduct hundreds of studies in other areas, including marine science, engineering, education, and psychology.

School Size: 14,800
Classroom Size: 12-15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1
Type of Housing: Off-campus
Diversity: Integrity, respect, diversity, tolerance, and resilience are qualities at the heart of the University of Miami. As we seek to expand opportunity for all, we will also work to foster inclusive, respectful, and safe environments throughout our campuses, where reflective and challenging conversations can be held.

Tuition and Fees, approx. $38,000/year

Disability Services:

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides academic accommodations and support to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at the University of Miami. Individuals with disabilities must request academic accommodations through the Office of Disabilities Services. Accommodations are determined on a collaborative and case-by-case basis and are based on the documentation provided by the individual. ODS staff will work collaboratively with students to determine what academic adjustments and educational auxiliary aids are reasonable to ensure that students with disabilities are not subject to discrimination. All documentation is reviewed and accommodations are assigned in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations and/or equal access to programs and services. The University of Miami follows and abides by the definition of disability set forth in the foregoing statutes. In determining whether a person is a qualified individual with a disability, the University of Miami does not take into consideration the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures other than ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Information is available to prospective and enrolled students, their parents and/or sponsors. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is located in the Camner Center for Academic Resources in Whitten University Center 2400. ODS staff can be reached at 305-284-2374 (Voice) or 305-284-1999 (Fax). Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Individuals may email the office staff for quick responses to questions.

Greek Life: Yes

Cinematic Arts Fraternity (Delta Kappa Alpha)

Bill Cosford Cinema (Campus-Run Theater)

End-of-Year Canes Film Festival (Student Showcase)

Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies

Internship Program

UM Arts and Culture

Sports: The Miami Hurricanes football team plays its games at Hard Rock Stadium and has the support of more than 30,000 season ticket holders. In 2015-2016, Miami had 11 programs qualify for postseason play and featured 31 All-Americans. For more on UM Sports, visit:
Majors: Primary Tracks: Production, Screenwriting, Producing
Application/Transfer Deadlines: February 1 (Priority Deadline)
Parking Spaces/Availability:

By Permit

Summer Sessions:

Courses available

Study Abroad: Specialized Film (or Photo) Study Abroad Programs in Prague, Greece, Japan, Barcelona,
Notes/School Information:

The Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program in Motion Pictures at the Cinema and Interactive Media Department at the University of Miami is committed to training moving image artists at the highest professional levels, offering a three-year MFA degree with flexible specialization in Producing, Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, and Documentary.

The MFA program in Motion Pictures emphasizes critical understanding of moving image practice in diverse social and cultural contexts for the creation of work that is relevant and impactful. The mission of the Motion Picture Program is to nurture individual creative voices and independent thinking through the creative collaborative motion picture process for careers in screen arts and the moving image profession. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

The School of Communication at the University of Miami is a remarkable program of discovery and excellence that has launched professional careers and changed lives. For anyone seeking higher education in fields within the communication arts and professions, this program offers the opportunity to develop a personal voice within the context of collegial collaboration. The SoC strives to provide a learning experience that is permeated with the multicultural and global realities of the contemporary world.

The nature of how we communicate and connect worldwide continues to change rapidly. The SoC provides the tools and knowledge for reaching global audiences through voice, print, visual and multi-media. The SoC is also committed to a comprehensive, focused and academic education for students. The degree students earn in Communication can be enriched by a second major of the student's choice in any other School or College at the University.

The faculty at the SoC are not only mentors and teachers, but are award-winning industry professionals and seasoned scholars. Students learn from professors and professionals who have worked for top television news networks, newspapers and magazines, have been executive board members of nationally recognized organizations, and winners of Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Academy Awards. This allows professors to bring theory and practice to students by taking the classroom into the world and ultimately setting them up for their careers. Our diverse faculty encourages and supports creative freedom and innovation from students.

As a student at the University of Miami SoC, you will be immersed in a global mix of cultures, media, technology and entertainment. The communication industry is changing and the SoC believes that we must embrace new technologies. The SoC has approximately 85,000 square feet of digital smart learning space and resources. Students have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment used in the industry and participate in "real world" projects. They have access to the most technologically advanced tools and facilities.

For a complete list of MFA coursework, visit: