Graduate Admissions

Admission to the Master of Fine Arts program in Film and Media Arts at Temple is a highly competitive process in which approximately one out of ten applicants is accepted into the program. Most accepted candidates are in the high honors range with extremely impressive creative portfolio materials.

Application Deadlines:

Complete applications are due on the following dates in any given year for admission the following fall semester:

For international applicants: November 1
For U.S. applicants: Application Deadline Extended until March 1

New applicants are admitted only for the fall semester of any year. The MFA program is a full-time program.

Application Process:

To apply for Temple University’s MFA program in Film and Media Arts, submit the following:

  1. Complete application form
  2. A 2- to 3-page narrative statement of personal interests and professional goals
  3. Creative exhibit or portfolio (see description below)
  4. Résumé
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Official college transcripts
  7. Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam scores for international students whose native language is a language other than English
  9. Application fee: $60 for online application and $75 for paper application (check or money order payable to Temple University)

Note:   Applicants from China, 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 Admission and full credential evaluation. Documents send from your University, Photocopies of transcripts, degree certificates, and diploma certificates are not considered official and are not acceptable substitutes for the official documentation.

Please visit http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/international.htm for more details

Creative Exhibit or Portfolio

The creative exhibit or portfolio is an important part of your application to the MFA program. Usually this consists of a completed film or media work; however, creative writing or work in fine arts, music, computer arts or research scholarship might be appropriate. The admissions committee evaluates the exhibits in light of the applicant’s potential for meaningful and original contributions to the field, not simply on the basis of technical competence. Film and video work should be submitted on DVD (NTSC preferred); computer-based materials may be submitted on a cross-platform CD-ROM. Portfolio materials will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage for return. Do not send original materials in your portfolio.

Applicants must meet general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Temple University, including the following:

Minimum grade point average of 3.0
Minimum combined GRE score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative)
Minimum TOEFL score of 575 (if required)

Applications should be sent to the Temple University Graduate School. While it is best to apply online, it is also possible to apply with a paper application.

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For additional correspondence, catalogues, application, and financial aid forms, please contact:

Leah Dempsey
Assistant Director for Administration
Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
1715 N. Broad Street
118 Rock Hall
Temple University