Student Life

FMA Graduate students have the opportunity to engage with Philadelphia’s thriving arts scene, diverse communities and institutions.

Within the FMA Graduate landscape, there are opportunities to interact socially by connecting to Philadelphia’s vibrant music, arts & culture and food. Below is just a selection of links to get the resourceful graduate student on the right path to finding a great exhibit, meal or outing to occupy visiting family and friends.

Temple University’s diverse faculty, students and FMA community members host panel discussions, display media installations, co-organize film festivals and other events aimed at bringing more socially engaged, activist and interdisciplinary focus to the work FMA Graduate students are making and teaching others to create.

Cultural & Academic Resources

Philadelphia Film and Media Arts Organizations

Temple Film and Media Arts’ Annual Film Festival

Equipment Room

The FMA students have housed within the Annenberg Building access to some the most advanced technology for film and video. The program takes pride in supplying the tools and resources that make it possible to produce works of high professional quality that compete internationally. 

For more information on hours of operation and sign-out procedures, visit the website.


One of the most notable highlights about living in the Greater Philadelphia area is the proximity to many other epicenters for arts and culture on the East Coast like New York City and Washington DC.

The affordable and convenient options for transportation start with SEPTA local buses subways trolleys and regional rail systems and include Amtrak PATCO & NJ Transit. Most options cost less than a typical cab ride across town.

In addition to rail, Philadelphia also maintains independently operated bus services like:

There are also other local companies operating in the Chinatown area of downtown Philadelphia that providing affordable travel options.

For travel that doesn’t include tickets, Philadelphia is also home to car-optional & car-sharing transportation companies like Uber, ZipCar and Enterprise Car Share. All national car rental retailers are also located in the Philadelphia Airport and across the city.


Philadelphia is known for being a “neighborhood of neighborhoods” each with its own historical, cultural and environmental details that make them unique living-learning communities.

Information about on and off-campus graduate housing options can be easily accessed on Temple’s University Housing and Residential Life website.

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