Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts

Gain skills in directing, writing and experimental media, and find your individual creative voice with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts in Temple’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Achieve a specialized perspective on film and media with concentrations in Directing, Media Arts or Screenwriting. The Film and Media Arts BFA is a 122-credit bachelor’s degree designed to fully prepare you for professional, independent work in the motion picture and media industries.

In your coursework, you’ll focus on and develop original ideas, learn entrepreneurial and technical skills, and have full creative autonomy over your projects. Students are mentored by Film and Media Arts faculty, who have been honored with Oscar, Emmy, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, Sundance and international awards.

As a Film and Media Arts student, you’ll have access to the department’s cutting-edge production equipment, including an array of film cameras. Learn more about Film and Media Arts Department facilities.

Temple is located in central North Philadelphia, in close proximity to the city’s independent theaters and studios such as the Nu Millenium Studios, the Prince, the Ritz Landmark Theater, as well as the Philadelphia Film Society. 

Choosing between a BFA and a BA in Film and Media Arts

Deciding whether a BFA or BA is right for you depends on your academic needs and professional goals. The Film and Media Arts BFA offers an intensive, arts-based degree program concentrating on Directing, Media Arts or Screenwriting. The BFA focuses on developing students’ creative voices and powers of personal expression. The BA in Film and Media Arts provides a more general approach to the field, giving students the option to focus their studies in one of four concentrations—Cinematography, Post-Production, Producing and Screen Studies.

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You can focus on Film and Media Arts or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Directing

    Directing students focus on documentary or narrative films, and coursework for both investigates analytical and conceptual tools for film analysis, cultural influences on filmmaking, and fiction and non-fiction directing.

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  • Media Arts

    Prepare to enter graduate media arts programs or pursue artistic careers in the media arts or creative industries. Areas of study include 2-D and 3-D digital animation; augmented reality; interactive narrative; media projection design for performances, public spaces or sculptures; sensor-based interactive media; video game design, programming or theory; video art; video installation; web design; and other forms of experimental media. Read more about the Media Arts concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts program.

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  • Screenwriting

    Prepare to enter graduate film programs or pursue a professional career in film and serial writing. This program focuses on narrative feature-film and serial writing. Read more about the Screenwriting concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts program.

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Classes & Curriculum

Students in this BFA degree program can personalize their curriculum by choosing one of three distinct concentrations. Each concentration requires between 70 and 73 credit hours, lending more intensive and strategic studies in filmmaking and media arts. Some of the core courses include 

  • Filmmaking,
  • Media & Culture, and
  • Producing.

Learn more about Film and Media Arts BFA courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Fine Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $19,728.00 per year
Out-of-state: $34,176.00 per year


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