Graduate

Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Television, Film and Media Studies

In applying to the Graduate Program in Television, Film and Media Studies please remember that you must complete the university application procedures; domestic, international, if applicable. 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.

The Television, Film and Media Studies Department requires that you send additional copies of the above materials to us as well, but the university makes the initial evaluations regarding your acceptance. Please send 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.

 

Graduate Advisor: MJ Clarke mclarke2@calstatela.edu

 

30-unit degree program

The Television, Film and Media Studies MA degree is designed to enable students to acquire a Masters-level understanding of media theory, media research, and media analysis, including research methods and critical approaches to media history, industry strategies and structures, 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 and Cultural Approaches to Analysis
  • Film/TV History
  • Race, Class, and Gender Representation
  • Industry Studies

Students applying to the Television, Film and Media Studies MA Program 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 designed and approved by the Television, Film and Media studies graduate faculty.

CLICK HERE FOR Descriptions of MA program courses

MASTER OF ARTS IN FILM, TELEVISION, AND MEDIA STUDIES

The Master of Arts degree 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.).  Our graduates find employment within the media industry, or continue their academic studies in media focused doctoral programs .

APPLICATION PROCESS (UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT)

In applying to the Graduate Program in Television, Film and Media Studies, 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 its MA program. Please ensure both applications are submitted to the appropriate areas.

UNIVERSITY APPLICATION:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY
CLICK HERE TO VIEW CSU Apply Admission Requirements
CLICK HERE FOR Graduate Application and Admission Information
CLICK HERE FOR International Application and Admission Information
 

DEPARTMENT APPLICATION:

CLICK HERE FOR THE Fall 2019 Television, Film and Media Studies Graduate Program Application Form

Please email a completed PDF of the Department of Television , Film and Media Studies, MA Application along with all other required documents to matvf@calstatela.edu

OR mail your complete application to: 

Department of Television, Film and Media Studies -  ATTN: TVFM MA Application 
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.