MFA in Television, Film and Theatre


Applications for for Fall 2020 will be available beginning October 1, 2019. 

Graduate students in She Kills Monsters

Drawing on the strengths of faculty in the Department of Television, Film, Media Studies as well as the Department of Theatre and Dance, the M.F.A. in Television, Film, and Theatre seeks to define and promote a new generation of artists who are capable of working across the boundaries of television, film, and theatre to combine innovative art practices with leading-edge technical knowledge.  Applicants should demonstrate their potential to succeed in a rigorous, hybrid, creative, and critical environment as well as an interest in exploring new directions in their creative practice.  

Core courses offer students a broad overview of the collaborations required to create, write and perform across the mediums of TV, Film and Theatre.  Students work form the beginning of the production process, in both live and recorded mediums, focusing on project development.  Courses in each option focus on developing and enhancing skills in the students’ specific chosen area. Courses mirror professional structures and working relationships in the professional realm and prepare the students for that reality. Projects and productions both as part of the required coursework and as part of the various additional opportunities (theatre productions through the Department of Theatre and Dance, thesis media productions through the Department of Television, Film, and Media Studies, and more) provide students with ample opportunity to apply the skills which are developed and gained in the classroom. 

Every student in the program will participate in the Teacher Training Seminar.  Those who complete this course, and do the additional training in their specific area, will have the opportunity to apply for Teaching Associate positions in both Theatre and TVFM.

While teaching opportunities are available, the focus on this MFA program is on working in the professional realm. Final Thesis projects are intended to be completed works that students can submit for professional work as part of their portfolios.  

The MFA in TVFT is eager to support students from diverse backgrounds who have a passionate voice and vision. We seek to support voices that may be underrepresented in the current industry by providing the tools needed to face the challenges of the industry and change the landscape to be more diverse and inclusive. 

  • Study at a diverse multicultural, multilingual, 21st century campus at the heart of the entertainment industry
  • Study with Award-winning teaching and active research, performance, and media arts faculty
  • Proximity and access to the major theatre, television, film and new media industries in Los Angeles 
  • Entertainment industry internship opportunities and placements through the Califonia State University Statewide Media Internship Program