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Graduate MFA Requirements

Temple University’s Masters of Fine Arts program in Film and Media Arts is designed to produce aesthetically innovative, socially aware, individually unique film and video makers who are capable of taking creative control of their work. Consequently, each student is exposed to issues of theory and practice in the history and aesthetics of film,
video and interactive media, as well as screenwriting and research.

The mission of the MFA program in the Department of Film and Media Arts is to encourage and develop film and media makers who may choose to pursue careers in independent media, the entertainment industry or the academic and media communities. The program encourages work that is aesthetically challenging and socially conscious and seeks to explore the blurring boundaries between documentary, fiction and experimental approaches.

The program is dedicated to developing media artists seeking to express a personal voice through their work.

Degree Requirements
Temple MFA candidates in Film and Media Arts complete a minimum of 54 credit hours, including up to six credit hours toward the final creative project. A recommended program would include 42 credit hours of course work within two years, and the completion of comprehensive exams and the thesis project in the third year.

Required Courses
FMA 5241: Cinematography Workshop
FMA 5242: Videography
FMA 5361: Writing for Media I
FMA 5671: Film History and Theory
FMA 8674: Critical Methods Seminar
FMA 5670: MFA Colloquium (taken twice)

Outside of the required courses, the program of study is tailored for the individual student, who may also elect to take graduate courses offered by other Temple University departments.

Graduate students take the Critical Methods Seminar, which is designed to assist with the writing of research papers, to prepare for the comprehensive exam process. Courses in advanced history, theory and aesthetics may also be useful to students in the development and completion of their research.

Advanced workshops and specialized production courses are recommended as preparation for the final thesis project.