How to Apply

To apply, submit Temple's online graduate application along with an online application fee of $60.

In addition to the general application, you must send a portfolio of your creative work as a DVD to address below, or you can upload your portfolio to Vimeo or Youtube and send the link(s) to

The portfolio usually consists of a completed film or videotape accompanied by a cover sheet about your role in the project, including the conditions and constraints of production, production date, relevant credits, and running time. Other exceptional creative work in art, computer arts, criticism, music, research scholarship, still photography or writing might be appropriate. Such work also may be used to supplement a film or video exhibit.

Application materials may be mailed to

Graduate Admissions
c/o Jim Short
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts
Temple University
Presser Hall, Room 217
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Supporting Materials

  • Goals statement: In 500 to 1,000 words, state your career goals and how you believe this degree will help you achieve them. Discuss relevant experience obtained so far.
  • Recommendations: Have three letters of reference that must be emailed on letterhead and sent directly from the recommender.
  • Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.
  • Standardized Test Scores: Test scores, such as the GMAT or GRE, are optional.
  • Transcripts: Submit bachelor’s degree transcripts.
  • Portfolio: Submit your portfolio of creative work according to the instructions above.

International Applicant Requirements

The minimum TOEFL scores needed to be accepted are

  • 100 iBT or
  • 600 PBT.  

Since requirements for international applicants are a bit more involved, please see the graduate school international application page.

Questions regarding the admissions process for international students can be directed to Jim Short at

Applicants Educated in China

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

Transfer Credits

The MFA program in Film and Media Arts accepts graduate credits from completed coursework related to the program. The Film and Media Arts committee determines acceptance of transfer credits. Students may transfer a maximum of 11 credits.

Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: Nov. 15
  • Fall deadline for international applicants: Oct. 15

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed. Late applications may be considered for admission. To ensure funding consideration, however, applicants must submit an application and all supporting materials by Nov. 15