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

Master of fine arts 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.

The program has three tracks that students select in their application or upon entering the program. These are (1) the Narrative/Documentary Track, (2) the Media Arts Track, (3) the Writing Track. While these tracks have differing requirements, students may also register for courses in other tracks as electives. 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. 

See the Graduate Bulletin or connect the program director, Professor Sarah Drury, for more information about tracks and course requirements. 

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