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Film, Television, & Photography

Graduate Programs


Admission Requirements for MFA in Film, Television and Photography

Students who wish to apply to the MFA in Film, Television and Photography program must meet minimum graduate admission requirements.

A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, earned by the expected date of entry.

A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you may submit an application, and provide a brief statement (no more than one page) explaining circumstances or limitations that affected your GPA.

Application Requirements

All graduate applicants are responsible for submitting the following:


Applicants must complete and submit an online Graduate Application in order to be considered for admission. You may start an application at

Application Essay

The application essay is an important part of your application and must be received before the Faculty Admission Committee can review your application. Applicants have the option to upload their essay along with their application or submit it at a later time via email to

Film, Television, and Photography Essay Prompt: Please submit an essay that includes answers to the following four questions. Please limit your application essay to four, double-spaced pages.

1. Why are you pursuing graduate study and what are your areas of interest?

2. What are your short and long-term professional goals? 

3. What skills do you feel you currently possess in the fine arts, with specific emphasis in film or media?

4. What areas of film and television do you feel most passionate about and would like to be a part of in your professional life?


Please outline all of your educational and professional experiences, including any relevant research and experiences. You may upload it to your online application or submit it at a later time as an attachment via email to


All applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions attended.

Important: Transcripts must be issued and sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Admission Office in order for them to be considered official. Copies of transcripts mailed or hand-delivered by applicants will be considered unofficial.

Official transcripts may be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University in one of two ways:

Mail Delivery

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Graduate Admission Office
10 Chester Place, Mailbox 181
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Electronic Delivery

Please instruct your institution to submit secure, electronically-delivered transcript to

Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for admission review purposes. If admitted, students must submit official transcripts by the time class registration opens for the following semester to ensure continuance in the program. Scanned, unofficial copies can be sent via email to

International Transcript Credential Evaluation

Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( Evaluations must include a course-by-course evaluation, indicate the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the date the degree was conferred, and a cumulative grade point average based on the U.S. equivalent 4.0 scale.

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required from academic or non-academic sources. Your recommenders will receive a link inviting them to upload their letters of recommendation after you enter their information on the online application. Alternatively, your recommenders can send their letters as an attachment via email to Recommenders should comment on an applicant’s ability to perform in the program’s required coursework and potential to succeed in graduate school, in general.

Please Note: The MSMU Graduate Admission Office policy is that unless the recommender has been notified in advance that the student has not waived their right to view the letter, all letters of recommendation are held confidential and a copy may not be provided to the student by the university.

Creative Portfolio

In addition to the Application Essay and Resume, applicants are required to submit a Portfolio of Creative Work. Applicants may submit a media asset or an artistic piece, or both. Please note that additional portfolio materials may be requested at the discretion of the admission committee to make an informed decision.

1. Media Asset – Applicants may submit a short film in which they were the major creative force (i.e., director, producer, writer, camera operator or editor). The work may be fictional, animation, or a documentary. Please limit the piece to five minutes; if your work is longer than this, excerpt the section you would most like us to view. Submissions should NOT take the form of movie trailers, compilations, or show reels.

2. Artistic Piece - Applicants may submit an artistic piece that reflects elements of personal interest. It may include pieces of work such as still photography, drawings or paintings, dance, music, or creative writing (i.e., play, story or screenplay) excerpt piece (5-10 pages maximum). To showcase artistic work, we recommend displaying it on a website and providing a URL. 

To submit a media asset or artistic piece, or both, please provide a URL on Word document or PDF, along with any instructions you wish to share with the admission committee. You may upload the document containing the URL to the application or send it as attachment via email to You may upload images of your artistic pieces, specifically, if you do not have them displayed on website.

For questions regarding the Portfolio of Creative Work, please contact  

Admission Interview

In addition to submitting a full application, applicants who are under consideration for admission may be invited to an in-person interview with the academic director and/or a faculty member as part of the admission decision process. A brief, on-site writing sample may also be requested at the time of the interview. 

Admission interviews are by invitation only, and an invitation to interview is not a guarantee of admission to the program. 


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

For Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance related to the graduate application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions by phone: 213-477-2800 or via email: