M.F.A. in TVFT | CSULA

Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre (88 units)

Requirements for the Degree (88 units)

A total of 88 units are required, with a minimum of 44 units of core courses, a minimum of 44 units in a particular option, including at least 60 units in 500-level courses. All students are required to complete three projects (TVFT 546 A and B, and TVFT 599). Consultation with a graduate adviser is required for development and approval of a graduate program, which includes the following:

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Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film, and Theatre (88 units)

Requirements for the Degree (88 units)

A total of 88 units are required, with a minimum of 44 units of core courses, a minimum of 44 units in a particular option, including at least 60 units in 500-level courses. All students are required to complete three projects (TVFT 546 A & B, and TVFT 599).
Consultation with a graduate adviser is required for development and approval of a graduate program, which includes the following:

Required Core Courses (36 units)

TVFT 500 Introduction to MFA 2 units
TVFT 502 Directing 4 units
TVFT 503A Dramatic Structure I: Theatre 4 units
TVFT 503B Dramatic Structure II: Film 4 units
TVFT 503C Dramatic Structure III: Television 2 units
COMS/TVFT 508 Media Arts, Theatre, and Society 4 units
TVFT 510 Studio and Field Operations 4 units
TVFT 511 Stage Operations 4 units
TVFT 580 Collaboration Workshop 6 units (2,2,2)
TVFT 581: Entertainment Arts Internship 2 units

Elective Core Courses (8 units): Select two courses from the following

COMS 505 Seminar: Critical Approaches 4 units
Television and Film
COMS 506 Seminar: Television Programming 4 units
COMS 507 Seminar: Post World War II Film 4 units
and Television History
*TA 541 Seminar: Theories of Acting 4 units
TA 570 Seminar: Experimental Theatre 4 units

*Enrollment in TA 541 requires permission from Director of Graduate Studies—Theatre Arts and Dance.

Performance/Acting Option (44 units)

Required Courses (28 units)

TVFT 517 Acting for the Stage 3 units
TVFT 518 Acting for Television 3 units
TVFT 519 Acting for Film 3 units
TVFT 542 Acting Studio 3 units
TVFT 543 ABC Voice for Performers 6 units (2,2,2)
TVFT 544 ABC Movement for Performers 6 units (2,2,2)
TVFT 563 The Business of Acting 4 units
Performance Electives (8 units): Electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor from available 500-level courses. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses in the other options. Graduate Teaching Assistant recipients must take COMM 491 in their first Fall quarter of Assistantship.

Project Requirements (8 units): All students are required to complete three projects:

TVFT 546 A: MFA Project I 2 units
TVFT 546 B: MFA Project II 2 units
TVFT 599: MFA Culmination Project 4 units

Production Option (44 units)

Required Courses (28 units)

TVFT 521 Directing for the Stage 4 units
TVFT 522 Single Camera Directing and Producing 4 units
TVFT 523 Multi-Camera Production 4 units
TVFT 531A Motion Picture Pre Production/Production 4 units
TVFT 531B Motion Picture Production/ Post Production 4 units
TVFT 533: Advanced Problems in Multi-Cam Production/ 4 units
TVFT 579: The Business of Production 4 units

Production Electives (8 units): Electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor from available 500-level courses. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses in the other options. Graduate Teaching Assistant recipients must take COMM 491 in their first Fall quarter of Assistantship.

Project Requirements (8 units): All students are required to complete three projects:

TVFT 546 A: MFA Project I 2 units
TVFT 546 B: MFA Project II 2 units
TVFT 599: MFA Culmination Project 4 units

Dramatic Writing (44 units)

Required Courses (28 units)

TVFT 545 Scene Writing Lab 2 units
TVFT 547 Story Development 4 units
TVFT 548 Creating Characters and Writing Dialogue 4 units
TVFT 549 Playwriting 4 units
TVFT 550 Genre Writing 4 units
TVFT 551 TV Sitcom Writing 4 units
TVFT 552 The Business of Writing 4 units
TVFT 553 Pitching Workshop 2 units

Writing Electives (8 units): Electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor from available 500-level courses. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses in the other options. Graduate Teaching Assistant recipients must take COMM 491 in their first Fall quarter of Assistantship.

Project Requirements (8 units): All students are required to complete three projects:

TVFT 546 A: MFA Project I 2 units
TVFT 546 B: MFA Project II 2 units
TVFT 599: MFA Culmination Project 4 units

MFA Projects

MFA students are required to complete three MFA projects under the rubrics of TVFT 546 A, TVFT 546 B and TVFT 599, with TVFT 599 being the MFA Culmination Project. These three projects must include one in each of the following categories: theatre, multi-camera television, and film style production.

1. Written Project Proposals: After Advancement to Candidacy, Projects I, II, and Culmination Project are developed under the guidance of the candidate's project committee. All candidates must submit a written proposal for each project to be approved by respective committees and department chair.

2. Exhibition: Upon the committee approval of the completed work, all Projects will be appropriately exhibited in accordance with departmental and University requirements.

3. Culmination Project: Students should consult the “Guide to Preparation of Master's Theses and Project Reports” for specific information regarding requirements established by the University for the production and exhibition of Culmination Project reports.