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Program Overview

Program Overview

Write tenacious screenplays for film or TV that inspire audiences around the world. Grow your career in production and influence the industry on a large scale. By pursuing your MFA in Film and Creative Media at Lipscomb, you’ll learn from expert faculty who will cultivate your strengths and guide you toward your goals, starting with a strong foundation of storytelling. 

You’ll engage with visiting respected creatives who are directly impacting pop culture in the U.S. and around the world. Past visits have included writers of "Saturday Night Live” and “American Dad,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dr. Strange” and “Napoleon Dynamite.” You’ll also travel across the globe to pitch ideas and network, at the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Austin Screenwriting Conference in Texas, where you will be able to workshop your writing. Additionally, you may intern with a production company in Los Angeles, where you will build industry experience and grow your professional network.

Most importantly, at Lipscomb, you’ll immediately discover the number one element to earning your MFA in Film and Creative Media. That’s community. Support from relationships gained here will be what will continue to strengthen your career even after you graduate. Receive your MFA in Film and Creative Media in a faith-based, service-minded community focused on collaboration, innovation, technique — and building the future of film together.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program must submit the following:

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable fee ($75 for international students)
  • Standardized exam score
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Video sample or screenwriting sample.
    • The video sample may be a 2-3 minute reel of work, in which you were the camera operator, director or editor. The screenplay sample can be a short—up to 10 pages, or the first 10 pages of a feature screenplay.
  • A personal statement addressing what your career goals are and why you believe you would be a good candidate for this program
  • Résumé 
  • Interview
  • The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • Tuition: $1,048 per credit hour; students can audit for no credit at a rate of 50 percent of regular tuition
  • Books and Fees: Not included in tuition
  • Application Fee: $50 (international $75)
  • Graduation Fee: $195


The tuition cost does not include program fees or equipment purchasing fees. While most of the gear will be provided for first year students on a loan/check out basis, it is required that students buy a MacBook Pro loaded with filmmaking software. You can choose to buy one through the university in your first semester in the program.

Also note that each student is responsible for costs of their own productions.

Types of Aid

15 to 20

Average class size


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his "Renaissance Man" stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that's garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly,...

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  • Melissa Forte

    Melissa Forte

    Chair, Cinematic Arts

    After six years of industry work with the Walt Disney World company in Orlando, Fla., Melissa Forte returned to Ohio University to complete an M.A. in Media Studies and an...

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  • Mike Nawrocki

    Mike Nawrocki

    Visiting Professor of Cinematic Arts

    As co-creator of "VeggieTales," co-founder of Big Idea Entertainment and the voice of the beloved Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki has been part of the pulse of the "VeggieTales" brand,...

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Career Paths

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Producers and Directors

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.


Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.