FMA Graduate

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Film and Media Arts is the country’s foremost program in alternative film, video and new media. Faculty train filmmakers, video makers, screenwriters and media artists who seek to challenge the current practices of Hollywood, commercial television, art and the global media. The program thrives on students with diverse interests, strong creative ideas and critical depth. Students from around the world engage in interdisciplinary practices of making art through collaborations across fields of cinema arts, theater, fine arts and visual research.

The Department of Film and Media Arts also offers a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts program. The MA in MediaXarts: Cinema for New Technologies and Environments prepares students for professions in the creative design industries, interaction design for public organizations, and emergent cinematic art forms, including interactive cinema, projection design, media installation, user experience design and design for mobile and social media.

The Department of Film and Media Arts also offers a PhD through the MFA-PhD Dual Degree Program in Documentary Arts And Visual Research. This innovative, accelerated program offers a unique opportunity to develop advanced work that bridges practice and theory. Students only apply to this program after having completed an MFA at Temple or another institution or during the final thesis year of a MFA Program. 

Graduate Jamel Northern with a camera

The department also offers a Certificate in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Research (DAER). This joint program between the Department of Film and Media Arts and Anthropology Department brings MFA and PhD students together to develop advanced projects that fuse visual research and contemporary image-making techniques. Students create work through a hybrid of media forms from film to emergent technologies such as interactive cinema and mobile media. These projects are showcased in a wide range of venues like cinema, projections in public spaces, museums, web journals, interactive spaces and publications. MFA students can enroll in the DAER certificate program at no extra cost.

Application Checklist

  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Bachelor's Degree Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Standardized Test Scores: Optional
  • Statement of Goals: The Statement of Goals should be approximately 1,000-1,500 words and should explain your personal interests, your educational aims, and your professional goals, along with relevant biographical information.
  • Portfolio: A portfolio is submitted as evidence of creative potential. This usually includes a completed film or videotape accompanied by a cover sheet to explain the applicant's role in the project, including production date, running time, relevant credits, and the conditions and constraints under which it was produced. Other exceptional creative work in writing, art, music, still photography, computer arts, criticism, or in research scholarship might be appropriate. Such work also may be used to supplement a film or video exhibit. Please send a DVD to the address below or upload to Vimeo or Youtube and send the link(s) to
  • ***Applicants to the PhD program are also required to submit a writing sample. Please visit the MFA-PhD Dual Degree Program in Documentary Arts And Visual Research page for more information about the application process and requirements.

International Applicant Requirements Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.

Applicants Educated in China Required only when admitted into the program: Documents certified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) or the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) are required for a full credential evaluation. Photocopies of transcripts, degree certificates, and diploma certificates are not considered official and are not acceptable substitutes for the official documentation. The admissions committee for the Film and Media Arts MFA program will review your materials to determine your admissions status provided the required documentation is submitted in support of your application.

For additional information visit Graduate Admissions


Deadlines for application are as follows:

MFA Program (Priority Deadline): January 10, 2022, for priority funding consideration MFA Program 

PhD DAVR Program Deadline: January 10, 2022

MA MediaXarts Program: May 1, 2022*

*Late applications to the MediaXarts program may be considered for admission.

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

C/o Jim Short
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts
Temple University
Presser Hall, Rm. 127 | 2001 N. 13th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19122

Recommendation letters must be emailed on letterhead and sent directly from the recommender. Portfolios: please send the Vimeo or Youtube link. 


Transfer Credits

The MFA program in Film and Media Arts accepts graduate credits completed in coursework related to the program. The FMA committee determines acceptance of transfer credits. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is up to eleven.


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