Graduate

The Television, Film and Media Studies Program Offers Two Graduate Program Options

In applying to the Graduate Program in Communication Studies (including critical studies in Television & Film) please remember that you must complete the university application procedures; domestic, international. This process is inclusive of appropriate documents such as official transcripts, and for International Students this also includes Financial Affidavit and/or TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Our department requires that you send an additional copy to us, but the university makes the initial evaluations regarding your acceptance to the university—so they need to have a complete file in order to make that determination. The department is then given the opportunity to evaluate your application to an individual program. Please remember: One copy of the required documents to the university, and another copy to the department as required. Attention to this detail will quicken the university-based decision on you application, thereby allowing the department to proceed with its determination.

1.  Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Studies—Television and Film Option

30-unit degree program

The Television and Film option of the Communication Studies MA degree is designed to enable students to acquire a Masters-level understanding of media theory, media research, and media analysis and critique, including research methods and critical approaches to media history, industry strategies and structure, audience reception, as well as visual and structural analysis of media texts.  Courses explore the history, cultural politics, financial structure, aesthetics, and social impact of film, television and `new media’ (internet, digital media, social media, etc.). The program requires that students develop an area of specialization and select either comprehensive exams or a thesis project as their culminating experience.

Some examples of courses within this degree program are:

  • Research Methods
  • Critical Approaches to Television and Film
  • Television Studies
  • Post World War II Film/TV History
  • Narrative Studies in Film/TV
  • Cultural Studies
  • Theories of Mass Media

Students applying to the Television and Film option whose undergraduate major was not Television, Film and Media studies or a related field may be admitted to this degree program in conditionally classified standing.  Prior to beginning graduate coursework, conditionally classified students must achieve a minimum B grade in every course of a conditional study plan of up to 12 units of undergraduate work designed and approved by the Television, Film and Media studies graduate advisor.

CLICK HERE FOR Descriptions of MA program courses

MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES- Option in Television and Film

The Master of Arts degree program in Communication Studies, with an Option in Television, Film and Media Studies is designed to enable students to acquire a Masters-level understanding of media theory, media research, and media analysis and critique.  Courses explore the history, cultural politics, financial structure, aesthetics, and societal impact of film, television and `new media’ (internet, digital media, social media, etc.).  Upon completion of the Communication Studies MA program with an option in Television, Film & Media Studies, our students have gone on to work within the media industry (and other fields that require media research & analysis specialists), as well as going on to become professors at community colleges, adjunct lecturers at Universities, and continuing on as students in Ph.D. programs in Communication, Film, American Studies, Cultural Studies, and a variety of related fields.

APPLICATION PROCESS (UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT)

In applying to the Graduate Program in Communication Studies with an option in Television and Film, please remember that you must complete two applications: One to the university and one to the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies (see links below). The university determines if you have met the minimum criteria. The department of Television Film and Media Studies decides if you qualify to be accepted into our option program. Please ensure both applications are submitted to the appropriate areas.

UNIVERSITY APPLICATION:
The FALL 2018 University Application deadline is February 15th.

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CLICK HERE FOR Graduate Application and Admission Information
CLICK HERE FOR International Application and Admission Information
 

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION:
The FALL 2018 Graduate Program Application deadline is February 15th.

CLICK HERE FOR THE Fall 2018 Graduate Program Application Form (plus TA and GA application for Communication option applicants)

Please mail your complete application to:
Department of Television, Film and Media Studies -  ATTN: COMM MA-TVF Option
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8111
 

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, students must have a 3.00 grade point average in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter) of your undergraduate work. Applicants must submit the completed departmental application together with official transcripts of all previous college work, a copy of their TOEFL score if applicable, a writing sample, a statement of purpose, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation by persons qualified to assess the applicant’s academic work directly to the Department of Communication Studies. Only complete application files with all required supporting materials will be reviewed by the department and assessed for admission.

Students applying to the MA program and whose undergraduate major was not in Television, Film or Media Studies or related fields may be admitted to the degree program in conditionally classified standing. Prior to beginning graduate work, conditionally classified students must achieve a minimum B grade in every course of a conditional study plan of up to 20 units of undergraduate work in television, film and media studies, as approved by the graduate advisor for their program. The graduate advisor will assist students in designing a classified study plan suited to their individual interests and goals.

Once accepted, a formal conference with an adviser is required during Fall semester to design a master's degree program suited to individual interests and goals.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES :

CLICK HERE FOR Graduate Student Handbook

Please see the University Catalog for more information.

Communication Studies Graduate Program Handbook

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2.  Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Television, Film and Theatre

67-unit degree program

The focus of 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/option. 

The MFA offers three formal options:

  • Option 1:  Acting
  • Option 2:  Production
  • Option 3:  Writing

Description and details of the MFA program

MFA program application forms