Film and Television Master's program at Sacred Heart University
|Location||Stamford, Connecticut, USA|
The program first started accepting graduate students in the fall of 2013, becoming Connecticut’s first graduate film school. Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Center location is close to NBC Sports, ESPN and other film studios, and 30 miles from New York City.
The program was designed by faculty members and filmmakers Justin Liberman and Damon Maulucci (Detonator, Paul Williams: Still Alive), both of whom are Connecticut natives and graduates of Columbia University’s MFA graduate film program.
FTMA’s 2013 inaugural class was 23 students.
Departments, programs and equipment
The Film and Television Master’s program is a one-year program focusing on creating a conservatory-like atmosphere to teach the art of narrative storytelling, both traditional and in the new Internet-based media, as well as film theory. Students participate in workshops and create independent film, television and transmedia projects, and receive assistance from faculty in developing professional relationships. The school’s intention is for students to gain real-world experience through internships, industry mentorships and practical learning, leaving the program with a portfolio reflecting their individual goals.
The program offers advanced classes in film directing, producing, screenwriting, television production and film theory courses. Equipment provided includes HD cameras, editing software (Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer) and other post-production software (including After Effects, Pro Tools and DaVinci color correction).
Classes are held in Sacred Heart University’s Graduate Center in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, which opened on October 22, 2013. Stamford mayor Michael Pavia and Sacred Heart president John J. Petillo spoke at the opening.
Faculty includes: three-time Emmy Award winner Joe Alicastro (visiting instructor); James Castonguay (associate professor and director of graduate programs); Sidney Gottlieb (professor); Justin Liberman (visiting professor and program co-coordinator); Damon Maulucci (visiting professor and program co-coordinator); and Sara Ross (associate professor).
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