The Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Communication with an interest in environmental, natural history, or wildlife filmmaking. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee based on an essay detailing the student's aspirations and interest in the field. Named for the parents of Professor Chris Palmer, the scholarship was established in 2013 by Professor Palmer and his wife Gail Shearer.
Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholars are chosen annually in order to further the Center's mission to produce the next generation of environmental and wildlife filmmakers. Scholars are selected during the second year of their graduate program, when they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours and are about to embark on their thesis projects.
The Center for Environmental Filmmaking Challenge Prize is an annual competition open to School of Communication second-year graduate students who have overcome (or are overcoming) challenges and adversity in their lives such as poverty, marginalization, racism, or personal tragedy, and who plan to use environmental and wildlife media to influence personal behavior or public policy and make the world a better place.
The Neel Foundation Fund in honor of Professor John Stephen Douglass was established in 2015 to support one or more outstanding graduate students studying Film & Media Arts (FMA) or its successor program in the School of Communication (SOC) whose focus is documentary filmmaking.
Income from the fund will be awarded to degree seeking FMA graduate students to assist them in completing their film to the appropriate level for them to enter it in a film festival or to use it as an example of their work as part of a professional portfolio. The Dean of SOC will appoint a faculty committee to select recipients who will receive support from the Fund. It is suggested that the committee composition consist of the FMA division director and two or more additional faculty members or an alternate composition as determined by the Dean. Funds will be used to offset expenses incurred for finishing purposes; e.g. audio mix, color correction, sound correction, titling, editorial consulting, etc.; or to offset expenses associated with entering competitions or festivals, including duplication costs, shipping expenses and entry fees. If, in a particular year, there are no qualified applicants, the University shall reserve the funds for subsequent years when qualified applicants are identified.
Shayla Racquel, SOC/MFA '16
I want the Baby Boomers and Millennials to recognize we need each other.
From short films to web series, Shayla builds her stories around everyday life events. She explores what makes us different, but more important, what brings us together. Sometimes that's life milestones, while other times it's a common cause or fight. Inspired by a conversation with her grandmother, her current project is a dialogue between two generations of African Americans and their unique approaches to activism.
MFA in Film and Electronic Media
Our faculty have won Oscars, Emmys, Peabody Awards, and more!
Our master's in Producing Film, Television, and Video is designed for working professionals whose schedules make Saturday classes an excellent alternative to full-time study. You'll receive intensive instruction from faculty who are leaders in the filmmaking and producing fields; you'll master skills in financing, distribution, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship; and you'll form a cohort with fellow students who bring their own diverse professional backgrounds into the classroom.
A producer is the creative and business leader of a production. While most producers are classic examples of entrepreneurs who may or may not have backgrounds in the crafts of film or video production or other experience in the industry, their currency for success is an idea and the ability to develop it for the right market. The person who gets the award for "Best Picture of the Year" is the producer.
Our program provides the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you develop, finance, manage, market, and distribute content intended for the movie theater, the television screen, online, the boardroom, or the classroom.
We have an active and effective alumni mentoring program that will help you build your professional connections and networks. Because they appreciate what they learned here, our alumni keep returning to share their success. You'll find them working at media organizations across the country, and at local media organizations including PBS, Discovery Communications, The Travel Channel, National Geographic Television, Comcast/Universal, and Maryland Public Television. Many other alumni have formed their own production companies and are creating independent content and commissioned programs.
We also have two full-time career advisors to help you plan the next stage of your career.