News Release | MFA - Dec. 7, 2007




Cal State L.A.’s new grad program offers options in dramatic writing, performance, production



Los Angeles, CA – To help develop a new generation of artists who can hop easily between the arenas of television, film and theatre, Cal State L.A. will launch an innovative Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the confluences of these realms next fall.

By taking a collaborative, overarching approach, the program reflects the contemporary creative realities of artistic production in the dramatic arts, said Terry Allison, dean of Cal State L.A.’s College of Arts and Letters.

“In the center of the world’s largest concentration of the entertainment industry, Cal State L.A. is the ideal institution to offer this new venture. Through classes, workshops, productions and internship opportunities, our MFA students will have significant opportunities to interact with working professionals in television, film and theatre,” said Allison.

While developing skills and knowledge that transfer from one arena to another, each student will focus on one of three options: performance/acting, production, and dramatic writing. The 88-unit, three-year curriculum includes 10 core courses, selections from 20 elective courses, and the production of major creative projects, offered in what Allison calls a “rigorous, hybrid, creative/critical environment.”

The program’s 23-member faculty—drawn from Cal State L.A.’s programs in communication studies, theatre, film and dance—has a broad range of expertise and experience, ranging from arts management to modern dance, from drama therapy for children to cutting-edge cinematography, from media violence to multi-camera live production, from the creation of characters to the business of writing, and beyond.

Complementing the faculty will be a rotating roster of Hollywood's top producers, directors, screenwriters and actors.

The deadline to apply as a member of the MFA’s inaugural Fall 2008 cohort is Feb. 15. For details, call (323) 343-5340, email [email protected] or visit this website:


Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 200,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


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