Film and Media Arts, M.F.A.
Center for the Arts / DIVISION OF THEATER, FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: December 1; November 1 international
Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university
faculty familiar with the applicant's academic competency
and/or professionals in the fields of Communication or Media
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
No specific coursework is required.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.
Applicants educated in China should heed the following information: 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 M.F.A. program will review your materials to determine your admissions status provided the required documentation is submitted in support of your application.
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
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. Scores should be in the 75-85% range on the verbal and quantitative
Minimum TOEFL score needed
to be accepted:
100 iBT or 600 PBT.
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.
A resume is required.
The M.F.A. program in Film and Media Arts accepts graduate credits completed in coursework related to the program.
Acceptance of transfer credits is determined solely
by the FMA committee. The maximum number of credits a
student may transfer is 11.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 48
FMA 5241: Cinematography Workshop
FMA 5242: Videography
FMA 5361: Writing for Media I
FMA 5670: M.F.A. Colloquium
FMA 5671: Film History and Theory
FMA 8674: Critical Methods Seminar
Students must complete all required courses and then may customize
their course of study to complete the balance of the 48 didactic course credits.
Students then take thesis project credits to attain
the total degree requirement of 54 credit hours.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Student work is evaluated by the FMA faculty near the end of the first year in a closed individual session in the First Year Reviews. Each student is asked to present her/his completed work and work in progress, along with an artistic statement that indicates future direction. Students are required to present their work again at the end of the second year in the Second Year Reviews. This is a community-wide event attended by FMA faculty, other M.F.A. students, and undergraduate students. Student participation in the First and Second Year Reviews is mandatory.
of the comprehensive examination is to offer
the student an opportunity for creative
synthesis of information and experience
from coursework and beyond. Particularly,
it is meant to encourage a strong theoretical,
critical, and historical grounding for all
creative production work. Each examination
is tailored to the student's individual
program. However, the questions are not restricted to courses taken by the student
but are aimed at incorporating the entire
field of study and practice. The examination
questions focus on major aspects of
media theory, aesthetics, history, and criticism
and also may include issues of media ethics,
economics, institutions, management, policy,
law, regulations, social effects, technology,
students take the comprehensive examination
after completing 48 hours of coursework.
The M.F.A. candidate
forms a committee of three FMA faculty members
and works with the committee to design four essay questions or subject areas that collectively represent a comprehensive breadth of study. A date for the exam
is determined, and the candidate must complete approximately 10 pages of
writing for each question.
submits a copy of the examination to each
committee member. The committee reads the
examination within two weeks and meets to evaluate the results.
members vote pass/fail on each individual question. Candidates
may be asked to orally defend a questionable
submission and/or rewrite one or more of
The student forms
a thesis committee comprised of three members. All may be FMA faculty or two may be FMA faculty and one
from the outside. The student then proposes an M.F.A. final
project. The project is evaluated on
the basis of originality and creativity,
treatment and style, professional competence,
and significance of the work. In most cases,
the project takes the form of a complete
sound, film, or video production; a feature film script; or a completed work in an alternative media form, including computer-generated media, interactive media, installations, or newly emerging technologies.
The M.F.A. project committee
evaluates project proposals individually
for rigor, scope, length, and other specific
criteria prior to the start of production. The committee
then meets regularly with the candidate to provide ongoing critique/feedback.
Upon completion of the M.F.A. project, the
committee publicizes and holds a public
screening of the project.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Film and Media Arts
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
About the Program
The M.F.A. program in Film and
Media Arts is designed to prepare socially
aware, artistically innovative candidates
for professional careers in film, video, or
digital media. The program is characterized
by an openness to all forms of media expression,
with an emphasis on independent film and video
arising out of both an artistic and social
consciousness, taught under the supervision
of recognized scholars and professionals in
the field. Special attention is paid to the
contemporary documentary, the independent
narrative, and emerging forms and technologies.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years
Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.
Dept. of Film and Media Arts
120 Annenberg Hall
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Although graduate students in the Film and Media Arts program are expected to complete most of their coursework in the FMA department, they are encouraged to explore relevant courses in other departments.
The FMA program is associated with the University Film and Video Association, an international organization of university and industry professionals working in the field of media production.
FMA courses are offered at Temple's satellite campuses in Rome, London, and Tokyo. Graduate students may choose to complete courses at these international sites.
The M.F.A. in Film and Media Arts is
ranked among the top 10 film/video programs
nationally and is one of the top 3 programs
offered by public institutions.
Areas of Specialization:
Faculty members specialize and offer
coursework in the following areas: narrative
and non-narrative scriptwriting, producing,
directing, production, post-production, new
media, media history, and media studies.
The FMA graduate program produces
media makers who pursue careers in academia
and in the communications and production
industries. Many graduates choose to work independently,
creating original narrative and documentary
films and videos or new media projects.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may take
up to 9 credit hours of study within the
department at the discretion of individual
The principal duties
of a Teaching Assistant include assisting
faculty members in classroom and laboratory
instruction; preparing apparatus or material
for demonstration; conducting tutorials and
discussion sections; and grading quizzes,
papers, and projects. Teaching Assistantships
carry a stipend and full-tuition remission
(up to 9 credits per semester). Applications
for an assistantship in Film and Media Arts should include:
(a) the application form available in 344 Annenberg Hall; (b) a curriculum
vitae; and (c) a statement of previous teaching
experiences, areas of interest, and future
career goals. Teaching Assistantships are typically awarded
to students in the second year of the program.