Media Arts Grant (MAG) for Radio/Television/Film

The Media Arts Grant (or MAG) is a funding system administered through the Department of Radio/Television/Film to support student-driven filmmaking experiences. The School of Communication has recently improved the process by which such grants are awarded, thus streamlining the funding and creating a more equitable system.

The previous funding structure — for film, theatre, and research grants — was administered by the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC). As more funding was made available to students, the school (with advice from the DAC) reorganized the process.  Funding was allocated to three separate programs: media arts grants administered by RTVF, performing arts grants by the Theatre and Performance Studies departments, and scholarship/research grants for students pursuing other avenues in the communication arts and sciences.

This shift toward decentralization provides a way of allocating funding that is more manageable and is supervised by the faculty and research staff with the most expertise in each relevant area.    
In this new program as under the old DAC-administered system, Media Arts Grants enable students to create films that demonstrate experimentation, creative growth, and the artistic fundamentals that are the cornerstone to our academic program. The new funding and selection process ensures each student proposal is considered with equal weight, and no preferential treatment is given on any basis other than artistic merit. With these adjustments, the process becomes more inclusive, transparent, and efficient.
And students who’ve earned MAGS now enjoy additional mentoring from our faculty — many of whom are leaders in the media arts world — that has immediately improved our students’ outcomes. Students are encouraged to partner with student media arts organizations (i.e. Studio 22, NUWFA, MultiCultural Collective, etc.) to pitch projects for grant approval, or to form a partnership after the grant is awarded.  These producing organizations are also funded by SoC, which provides the resources they need to sustain their operations and organize screenings and other special events. As the MAG model continues to evolve to meet the needs of our students, we are excited to offer incentives that foster the creative experience in a way that is both fair and helpful in fulfilling the potential of our creative economy’s future leaders.

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The Radio-TV-Film Department’s Media Arts Grants provides funding (and where appropriate, equipment checkout) for RTF undergraduates developing individual, original media projects in any recorded/moving image medium. Proposals are assessed, and grants awarded, by a committee of faculty and students.

The primary criteria for judging proposals are:

  • Clarity and originality of project
  • Rationale for the project
  • Feasibility of the project, and prospect for completion (including scale/scope of production; budget; equipment; etc.)
  • Quality of prior work 

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