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Admission is based on the following:

  • Complete TVFT MFA Application
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • TOEFL Score (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions of higher education or professional schools attended.  Official (sealed) copies required
  • Personal Statement (1-2 full pages)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • For the Dramatic Writing Option: Stage play, and/or television/film script writing portfolio with Portfolio Index
  • For the Production Option: Production Reel with Reel Index  
  • For the Acting/Performance Option:  Acting Reel with Reel Index  
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

All materials must be submitted by February 1st for Fall 2015 admission.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must apply to BOTH the Program and the University. Application to the University requires a separate form and transcripts. For information on the University application process, please check the University website and CSU Mentor.


1. Admission to the graduate program at California State University, Los Angeles requires:

a) completion of a four-year college course of study and an acceptable baccalaureate from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or completion of an equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authorities.

b) good academic standing at the last college or university attended.

c) attainment of a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.

2. Admission to the MFA program jointly sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance further requires:

a) A 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units for unconditional acceptance with an articulated plan of study submitted for consideration along with a department based application form.

b) Submission of a portfolio of creative work and performance programs which may include production stills/film/video clips, stage plays, screenplays or television scripts.

c) A statement of the applicant’s academic and professional objectives in the MFA.

d) Two letters of recommendation on applicant’s potential for success.

e) Transcripts from all institutions of higher education or professional schools attended.

f) Interviews will be required of all candidates.

g) Students applying for the Performance Option will be required to audition using two contrasting monologues—four minutes in length.

3. Students may be eligible for admission under a conditional academic program that would entail required foundational course work evaluated and designated by a faculty advisor preceding the formal entry into the MFA (see below).

4. In order to advance in the program the student must maintain continuing student status, successfully complete all courses with a B or better average in courses attempted with an overall G.P.A of at least 3.0 and complete an advancement to candidacy evaluation process after completing 16 units. Only students who are advanced to candidacy are eligible to enroll in Project I, II and Culmination Project units.

NOTE: Students must successfully pass an annual review (at the end of years one and two of their program; roughly set at 35 units and 64 units). The review committee will consist of at least three faculty members, one from each of the three Options who will evaluate the quality of the student’s progress based on a submitted portfolio of work by the student, grades and observations of the student’s on-going work and involvement in the program.

Conditional Programs

Because it is unlikely that students will enter this MFA program with backgrounds that combine media studies and theatre, unique conditional programs have been developed to address possible foundational deficiencies in both areas.

1. The 20 unit conditional program for prospective MFA students entering the Performance Option without a BA majoring in Theatre Arts or an adequate background in performance.
TAD 132: Stagecraft II 3 units
TA 142; Acting Fundamentals: Character Study 3 units
TA 143: Acting Fundamentals: Scene Study 3 units
TA/ENGL 276: Introduction to Play Writing 4 units
TA 313: Development of World Theatre III 4 units
TA 445: Principles of Directing I 3 units

2. The 20 unit conditional program for MFA students entering the Production Option without a BA majoring in Film / Television or lacking an adequate background in production.

TVF 200: Introduction to Single Camera and Editing 4 units
TVF 201: Introduction to Television Studio 4 units
TVF 224: Survey of Film 4 units
TVF 301: Intermediate Television Studio Production 4 units
TVF 320: Audio Production 4 units

3. The 20 unit conditional program for MFA students entering the Dramatic Writing Option without a BA majoring in Film / Television or lacking an adequate background in dramatic writing.

TVF 200: Introduction to Single Camera and Editing 4 units
TVF 224: Survey of Film 4 units
TVF 265: Introduction to Scriptwriting 4 units
TVF 365: Intermediate Scriptwriting 4 units
TVF 465: Seminar: Advanced Scriptwriting 4 units

The application is available for download

Financial Assistance is Available

  • Student Assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships
  • Program, departmental and campus scholarships
  • For more information please visit the Financial Aid Website

For additional information, contact:

California State University, Los Angeles
c/o Department of Television, Film, & Media Studies
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California 90032-8111
Telephone:(323) 221-1059