MFA in Television, Film and Theatre


No Applications are being accepted for Fall 2019 admissions. 

Starting in October 2019 we will accept applications for Fall 2020 admissions consideration.


The focus for 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 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.  

Option specific courses focus on developing and enhancing skills in that area, while core courses focus on collaboration with students in the other options.  The core 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. 


Additionally, there is the opportunity to train to teach via the Teacher Training program.  This optional addition to the option specific course work may lead to possible paid positions as:

  • Graduate Assistant: assisting a Professor on an undergraduate course in the TV, Film and Media Department (TVFM) and/or the Department of Theatre and Dance (TAD)
  • 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 and/or TAD.

However, 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. Final Thesis projects are intended to be completed works that students can submit 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 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 

Our M.F.A. Options are a Pathway to:

  • Acting opportunities in Television, Film and Theatre 

  • Production opportunities in Projection Design, Art Direction, Cinematography, Motion Capture/VR/AR Design, Editing, and Sound in Television, Film and Theatre

  • Writing opportunities in television, film and theatre


Learn More About Our Program


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