Mission of the MFA program
The Television Department offers two Masters: TV Concept Creation & Writing and TV Direction. The mission of these programs is to deepen the students’ knowledge of the eld of television, to reinforce and develop their critical thinking skills, their sense of creativity and of innovation and to perfect their practical competencies following the bachelors’ degree. Furthermore, students will be prepared to communicate with the different team members, to manage a team and to solve issues encountered in a real-life professional environment. Students thus enter the job market quali ed to assume senior positions in the industry and to contribute to the evolution of the audiovisual landscape of Lebanon and of the Arab countries, which have a growing demand for creative innovation. In addition to interactive lectures, instruction is given largely in the form of intensive seminars promoting immersion in research and creative projects. It enables students to produce different audiovisual works: shows, series, reports, documentaries.
Objectives of the Master in TV Directing
- Deepening the student’s knowledge and know-how in television language and directing.
- Developing the student’s sense of image and sound aesthetics.
- Developing the student’s managerial skills.
- Preparing the student to be acquainted with the professional market and to develop a network of media professionals.
- Deepening the student’s creative abilities in order to make a constructive contribution to television directing.
Learning Outcomes of the Master in TV Directing Program
By the end of this program the student should be able to:
- Conducting research for any television program or creation (formal, artistic and technical).
- Understanding the market (audience) and identify the needs of the different Arab stations (broadcasters).
- Determining required equipment and necessary resources for each program or creation.
- Envisioning the appropriate images and sounds as well as the aesthetic makeup of a program (stage set, graphics, lighting, sound, look and feel).
- Determining the appropriate audio-visual choices for a program directed with a single camera (reports and series).
- Envisioning the plan and setting for a multi-cam setup, including how to optimize camera positioning.
- Explaining and clarify one’s artistic vision and manage a team and others involved in the creation of the program.
- Exercising leadership and demonstrate teamwork skills.
- Developing the ability to learn independently, by constantly looking out for new creations in all artistic and audio-visual elds.
- Developing the ability of self-evaluation and adopt a critical and analytical outlook on the world, their work and the work of others.
- Developing the ability to work in various languages based on market needs.
Objectives of the Master in TV Concept Creation and Writing Program
- Deepen the student’s knowledge and know-how in television language, genre and dramaturgy.
- Deepen the student’s awareness of his/her environment for a contextual and creative writing.
- Deepen the student’s ability to work with a team of creators.
- ,Prepare the student to be acquainted with the professional market and to develop a network of media professionals.
- Deepen the student’s creative abilities in order to make a constructive contribution to television writing.
Learning Outcomes of the Master in TV Concept Creation and Writing Program
By the end of this program the student should be able to:
- Conduct research for any television program or creation (journalistic, formal, artistic and technical).
- Understand the market (audience) and identify the needs of the different Arab stations (broadcasters).
- Apply the rules of narrative structure and character development in a TV series.
- Create an original idea and develop it into a program.
- Adapt a pre-existing format to a speci c audience.
- Write, structure and develop the content of a program.
- Develop the ability to tell a story with existing images and master the rules of storytelling.
- Determine and communicate the formal and aesthetic visions of a creation.
- Develop the ability to learn independently, by constantly looking out for new creations in all artistic and audio- visual elds.
- Develop the ability of self-evaluation and adopt a critical and analytical outlook on the world as well as their work and the work of others.
- Develop the ability to work in various languages based on market needs.
The Admission Criteria
Holding a Lebanese Baccalaureate or a recognized equivalent. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Television from Alba or any other undergraduate degree considered equivalent with a cumulative average of 80/100, unless otherwise approved by the Department.
To meet the minimum residency requirement for the MFA degree, a student must register and be in residence as a graduate student for at least four semesters. All requirements for the MFA degree must be completed within a period of four years after admission to graduate study. Extension beyond the maximum allowed period of study requires the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.
Number of credits required
A minimum of 120 ECTS credits is required.
Academic Performance Required
A cumulative major average of 80 or above.
A passing grade in all courses.
A cumulative general average of 80 or above.
Graduation with Honours
A student achieving a cumulative average of 95 or above will graduate with High Distinction.
A student achieving a cumulative average between 90 and 94.99 will graduate with Distinction.
To be eligible for graduation, each student will have to deliver two nal projects in his/her chosen eld of specialization in Television.
Choice of topics and proposal defence (Semester 3):
At the beginning of the third semester, students must defend concepts/synopsis of 4 proposals for projects in Television Studies in front of a school jury (to be chosen from the following list: TV show of a 25 minute long set episode, TV series, ction and report/documentary).
Project draft (Semester 3 - 8 weeks):
The student must submit the concepts/scripts and production les of the 2 adopted projects between the 9th and 11th week of the semester. Each project le must contain the synopsis, script, directorial cutting, letter of intent, schedule, production/ nancing plan, casting, and artistic design.
Draft evaluation (Semester 3):
Drafts are evaluated by a school jury.
A minimum grade of 80/100 is required to be admissible for lming of the project. In case of failure, the student has two weeks to present again his/her draft.
Final project: direction and post-production (Semester 4 - 13 weeks):
Group lming of the two projects adopted:
- 10 days for ction or report/documentary.
- 5 days for a multi-cam episode (2 days of rehearsal not included).
- 15 days for ction or report/documentary (image and sound editing, mixing, credits and subtitles). - 5 days for the multi-cam episode (reports and short lm editing included).
The students will have to hold the following positions: production, direction, director’s assistant, set design, camera, sound and light.
In addition to their directorial responsibilities in each of their productions, students must hold different positions in their colleagues’ productions. Students’ performance in all positions will be judged, graded and considered part of the nal evaluation.
Three days before the beginning of the lming, students must submit: work plan, casting, list of material, and waivers signed by the actors and any other participant in the project shooting.
Monitoring of student work will take place during prescheduled viewing and advisors’ visits to the filming sets.
Students must complete a six-week long professional internship scheduled outside regularly held classes during which they will maintain a logbook. They will generate a detailed report of their experience based on its contents.
All students may ask the professor of their choice for counsel during the internship as well as the drafting of the report.
The internship le must be submitted by the end of the 6th week of the semester following said internship, at the latest.
The validation of credits will be based on two professors’ evaluation of the internship report. The evaluation criteria are productivity, diligence, and the quality of the logbook and internship report.
The Master’s project jury constituted of academics and eld professionals will be headed by a representative of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
A minimum grade of 80/100 is required for the validation of credits.
In case of failure, the student has to present a new project during the upcoming session.