Master of Fine Arts


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Film School for the Digital Age

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  • Ron EltanalRon Eltanal

    Ron has written, directed, produced, shot or edited award-winning films that have screened at festivals and competitions worldwide, including Sundance, Cannes and Torino.

  • Shayna ConnellyShayna Connelly

    Shayna is a writer/director/producer whose work explores the concept of hauntings. Her films have screened internationally at festivals and galleries.

  • Brian ZahmBrian Zahm

    Brian works in documentary, narrative fiction and experimental, often combining these styles to create highly-original work that has screened nationally and internationally, including at the “London International Documentary Festival” and at the “The American Film Institute.”

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about the process, visit our Graduate Admission page for more information.

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Cinespace Alliance Learn More

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Our stages, classrooms, and facilities housed next to network television shows and Hollywood feature films. Watch ABC7 News: Cinespace got Hollywood's Attention

Premiere Film Festival Learn More


Our best student films screen annually at the historic Music Box Theatre in front of industry professionals, friends and family.

LA Quarter Learn More

LA Quarter

This ten-week immersion program enables you to live in Los Angeles, take classes on a historic studio lot, and intern at high profile companies.

Visiting Artists Series learn more


Watch and learn from film, TV, animation and gaming artists and professionals in an intimate theatre or master class.

Production Resources Learn More

The Equipment Centers and Production Office are the gateways to film and television production needs like cameras, casting, or permits.

2 Concentrations

Directing Concentration

Through specialized courses in directing, screenwriting, producing, and visual design combined with a solid foundation in production, the program prepares students to further their mastery of the art of directing. Students will direct multiple advanced film projects, with their work culminating in a thesis short or feature.

Producing Concentration

A producer’s primary role is to build a team and collaborate with others in service of generating content with creative and commercial merit. Students prepare a portfolio of projects throughout the curriculum including an MFA Thesis.

Project Bluelight Learn More


Learn from industry professionals on the set of Project Bluelight.


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