Film and Media Arts MFA
Explore the expanding boundaries between aesthetic filmmaking approaches, driven by choices of subject and style, and learn to take creative control with the Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts in Temple’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. With an emphasis on independent film and video, this 54-credit graduate degree will help you develop the skills necessary to become an incisive, socially conscious filmmaker and pursue a professional career in film, video or digital media.
Through exposure to both theory and practice, you’ll develop a fuller understanding of the history of film, the rise of video and interactive media, and research and screenwriting best practices. You’ll be given the option to choose from one of three tracks, including
- media arts,
- narrative/documentary and
You’ll also be required to complete up to six credit hours of thesis material, conceptualizing, developing, writing and ultimately creating a final creative project. Thesis projects take 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. Taken together with the program’s comprehensive exams, the curriculum’s synthesis of theory and practice serves to develop film and media artists with personal, informed voices.
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.
Classes & Curriculum
The Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media curriculum exposes students to the vast array of new media forms and expression, with an emphasis on independent film and video. Core courses include
- Cinematography Workshop,
- Film History and Theory,
- Media Arts Theory-Practice,
- MFA Colloquium (two terms),
- Thesis Production Workshop,
- Videography and
- Writing for Media I.
Related Graduate Degrees
- Documentary Arts and Visual Research MFA-PhD
- MediaXarts: Cinema for New Technologies and Environments MA