Film and Media Arts

MFA Program

Temple University’s Masters of Fine Arts program in Film and Media Arts is designed to produce aesthetically innovative, socially aware, individually unique film and video makers who are capable of taking creative control of their work. Consequently, each student is exposed to issues of theory and practice in the history and aesthetics of film, video and interactive media, as well as screenwriting and research.

The mission of the MFA program in the Department of Film and Media Arts is to encourage and develop film and media makers who may choose to pursue careers in independent media, the entertainment industry or the academic and media communities. The program encourages work that is aesthetically challenging and socially conscious and seeks to explore the blurring boundaries between documentary, fiction and experimental approaches.

The program is dedicated to developing film and media artists seeking to express a personal voice through their work.

For more information about the application process and financial aid, visit FMA Graduate Admissions area.

Degree Requirements

Temple MFA candidates in Film and Media Arts complete a minimum of 54 credit hours, including up to six hours of thesis credit toward the final creative project. A recommended program would include 42 credit hours of course work within two years, and the completion of comprehensive exams and the thesis project in the third year.  In addition to the final creative, thesis project, students must complete comprehensive exams.  Both together demonstrate the program's commitment to synthesizing theory and practice, allowing students to develop as filmmakers, aesthetically and conceptually.

Required Courses

FMA 5241: Cinematography Workshop
FMA 5242: Videography
FMA 5361: Writing for Media I
FMA 5671: Film History and Theory
FMA 8674: Critical Methods Seminar
FMA 5670: MFA Colloquium (two semesters)

Outside of the required courses, the program of study is tailored for the individual student, who may also elect to take graduate courses offered by other Temple University departments.

Graduate students take the Critical Methods Seminar, which is designed to assist with the writing of research papers, to prepare for the comprehensive exam process. Courses in advanced history, theory and aesthetics may also be useful to students in the development and completion of their research.

Advanced workshops and specialized production courses are recommended as preparation for the final thesis project.

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