Dean: Stephen Ujlaki
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Abigail Kaun
Associate Dean of Operations and Business Services: Roger D. Stewart
The LMU School of Film and Television is committed to preparing students for their creative and professional lives. Through their course work, creative projects, and internships, students will learn the art and craft of communicating ideas through images and sound and writing for the screen. They will also gain an appreciation for the history of these art forms and develop their ability to critically analyze these works. We aim for that delicate balance between theory, technology and the creative impulse-where the balance is always heavily weighted toward the creative and human.
It is important for artists to be aware and considerate of diverse views, yet have the freedom to discover their individual voices and the courage to express their own points of view. As faculty, our most important work is to help our students find those creative voices and express them, because we believe that art is of utmost importance to the human race. We strive to create an atmosphere in which lasting and useful original works are fashioned-by the students and by the faculty and staff. We encourage our students to address a wide audience, to appreciate the contributions of all who labor to tell a story, and to work as part of a community of artists to find new ways to tell new stories.
True to the Loyola Marymount tradition, we also seek to remind students of the ethical and social responsibilities that go with the power of these media, and we encourage them to have a reflective mind and generous spirit as they seek to create works that inform, enlighten, and entertain.
The School of Film and Television offers three Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees:
- Film and Television Production (PROD)
- Feature Film Screenwriting (FFSW)
- Writing and Producing for Television (WPTV)
Specific degree requirements are listed under each individual program.
The Master of Fine Arts degrees offered by the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University are based on a professional academic program and designed to foster original and creative work in film and television production and writing. The emphasis is on understanding and mastering visual storytelling in an atmosphere which allows students to explore and express their ideas with ever increasing creative and technical skills.
All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The department welcomes applicants who have received degrees in unrelated fields. There are only a limited number of openings in the graduate School of Film and Television programs, and applications are reviewed and accepted ONLY for the Fall semester each year.
Applicants must submit all materials to the Graduate Division by January 15. These materials include: application, $50 application fee, detailed personal statement, all transcripts, GRE scores (optional if undergraduate GPA is greater than a 3.0), two letters of recommendation, and supplemental materials including any creative work in written and/or multimedia formats that illustrate a particular talent or expertise that the applicant would like to highlight for the selection committee. PROD applicants must submit creative samples (see the SFTV website for specific requirements). Applicants to FFSW or WPTV programs must submit a writing sample (see the SFTV website for specific requirements).
A non-refundable $250 deposit must accompany your letter of acceptance within 15 days of notification by the University of your admittance into the program. The deposit is applied toward tuition. Letters are mailed out on a rolling basis.
June 15 is the deadline to register for Fall classes. IMPORTANT: Any applicant who does NOT register by this date will forfeit his or her spot, and it will be offered to another student.
Students will also be required to take a specified number of graduate prerequisites. Graduate students are on a provisional status until their graduate prerequisites are successfully completed. These prerequisites are required and may not be waived.
Each of the three majors comes to fruition in the graduate thesis project for production students, and a portfolio for writing students. Thesis projects take a minimum of one year to complete, usually spanning the final year of graduate work towards the Master of Fine Arts degree. Students do not have the option of the traditional Master’s research thesis.
The School of Film and Television offers the following four degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts in Animation
- Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production
- Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts
- Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting
Degree requirements are listed under each individual program.
Change of Program/Major
There is a formal application procedure for students who wish to be accepted into the School of Film and Television or who wish to transfer from one SFTV program to another. This procedure is explained in the SFTV Application Form available from the School. Applications are due on the last working day of February for admission to the following Fall semester and on the last working day of September for admission to the following Spring semester.
Application of General University Requirements
The University requirements for admission, graduation, and all general rules and regulations of the University as set forth in this Bulletin are applicable to and binding upon all students enrolled in the School of Film and Television.
The curriculum of the School of Film and Television incorporates required courses in university core, major sequences, and elective courses which complement and enhance the student’s major field of concentration.
Students are encouraged to enrich their program of study with selected electives from the following areas.
Students are encouraged to take a course in the issues of business. Consult the Bulletin listings.
Students are expected to become proficient in computer skills. Courses or workshops may be taken to help students develop existing skills.
Students are encouraged to study foreign languages to the intermediate level. LMU offers Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek (Modern and Classical), Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish on a regular basis.
Students are encouraged to select elective courses that deal with international and/or global issues. Consult the Bulletin listings.
A semester of international study abroad is also recommended. Consult the Study Abroad office.
120 semester hours are required for graduation with the following distribution:
a) a maximum of 36 upper division semester hours in any one department will be accepted toward the 120 semester hours requirement; and
b) at least 45 semester hours are required from upper division offerings.
Students should consult the Dean’s Office for specific policies applicable to the School of Film and Television.
European Satellite Program
Students in the School of Film and Television have the opportunity to participate in an intensive production study abroad experience in Bonn, Germany. The program focuses on documentary film production and European media and culture. Courses are taught by both LMU faculty and German instructors. The program’s structure includes three-week workshops and immersive, hands-on production training. Cultural opportunities while overseas include film festivals (depending on the season), exhibitions, theater performances, tours of film and television studios, and a trip to Berlin. Participating students will earn 13-15 semester hours of credit, including the production sequence, and will produce a 10-minute documentary that can be distributed or exhibited at festivals or through other channels. The Bonn program includes additional requirements.
The FITS Europe study abroad program partners LMU’s School of Film and Television. For more details on the program, please visit LMU’s Study Abroad Office and FITS Europe.