TFMA’s hallmark programs in theater, film and media fuse the highest quality professional training with scholarship and artistry to forge a passionate, diverse creative learning community. Our mission is to advance the role of film, media arts and theatrical performance in public life. TFMA professors prepare students for global, professional careers by providing unique opportunities for experiential learning, research and trans-disciplinary exploration. Our distinguished alumni continue to light up the stages and screens of Broadway and Hollywood, in professional theaters across the county, in independent and alternative film, on television and at major media arts venues nationally and internationally.
TFMA offers BA and BFA programs in thirteen concentrations in disciplines from musical theater to cinematography, screenwriting to theater design. The undergraduate programs are built on a foundation of scholarship and artistry. TFMA values experiential learning; students work on theater productions, class projects, and graduate films to gain hands-on experience. Additionally, internship opportunities with one of TFMA's Study Away programs allows students to create meaningful work and make valuable connections.
The Department of Theater also offers a unique Theater Education 4+1 Program. Students earn a bachelor of arts in theater, with a focus on theater education, a masters of education degree, a super-minor in English, certification to teach in secondary schools in Pennsylvania, and perform a semester of student teaching in a high school setting.
The Department of Theater offers MFA programs in acting, design, directing, and playwriting for professionals wishing to refine their craft and learn the art of teaching. New this year is a MFA in Musical Theater Collaboration, a one-of-kind degree for musical theater directors, choreographers, book writers, composers and lyricists. In addition, the department offers a MA in Musical Theater Studies for those wishing to develop skills to direct and produce musical theater productions or educational programs. Supported by a faculty of professional theater artists, students develop their craft through production work on stage, in the shop or during rehearsal.
The Department of Film and Media Arts offers an exceptional MFA program in alternative film, video and new media. With arrays in narrative film, documentary cinema arts, media arts, and screenwriting, the program trains those who seek to challenge the dominant forms of film and media. Students interested in documentary filmmaking can earn an inter-disciplinary Certificate in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Research (DAER). Additionally the department offers an master's degree in MediaXarts: Cinema for New Technologies and Environments, which trains artists to challenge cinematic and arts conventions through narrative, non-narrative, and hybrid forms.
To request information about the TFMA undergraduate and graduate programs: email TFMA@temple.edu.