MFA in Television, Film and Theatre


Applications for Fall 2018 are now open. To Apply, click HERE


The focus on this MFA program is to immerse students in an intensive skill-based interdisciplinary program towards pursuing professional careers across all three mediums of production (TV, Film, Theatre) within one’s specific area (Acting, Production, Writing). 

Drawing on the strengths of faculty in Television, Film, Media Studies and Theatre, 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 practice with leading edge, technical knowledge. Applicants should demonstrate their potential to succeed in a rigorous, hybrid, creative/critical environment and an interest in exploring new directions in creative practice.

Option specific courses focus on developing/enhancing skills in that area, while Core courses focus on collaboration with students in the other Options, mirroring professional structures/working relationships, thereby mirroring the professional realm and preparing students for that reality. Projects and productions both as part of the required coursework and as part of the various additional projects (theatre productions through the Department of Theatre and Dance; thesis media productions, and more), provide students with ample opportunity to apply the skills gained/developed in the classroom. 
Additionally, there is the opportunity to train to teach via the Teacher Training program, along with possible paid positions as a Graduate Assistant (assisting a Professor on an undergraduate course in the TV, Film and Media Department (TVFM)) and/or as a Teaching Associate (after successful completion of the Teacher Training course(s), graduate students can be considered to be hired to teach an undergraduate course in TVFM). But, the focus on this MFA program is not on preparing graduate students to teach in their post-graduate careers. The focus is on working in the professional realm. And final Thesis projects are intended to be completed works that students can submit/demonstrate for professional work as part of their portfolios.
Given the Cal State LA community, we are also eager to support students from a diverse background who have a passionate voice and vision that may be underrepresented in the current industry. We seek to support these underrepresented voices in the 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

  • Award-winning teaching and active research, performance, and media arts faculty

  • Proximity and access to performance, television, film and new media industries

  • Entertainment industry internship opportunities and placements through the California State University statewide Media Internship Program

A Pathway to

  • Acting in television, film and theatre productions
  • Production: Projection design, art direction, cinematography, motion capture/VR/AR design, editing, sound for television, film and theatre
  • Writing for television, film and theatre

Program Details and Courses

Road Map of the 3-Year Sequence of Courses

Learn more about the Instructors

For additional information, contact:

Tanya Kane-Parry
Director of the MFA in Television, Film and Theatre
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California 90032-8111
Telephone: 323-343-4110