MFA Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials to the Graduate Division by Wednesday, December 4, 2019. These guidelines will be updated for the next admission cycle by September of each year.

LMU GRADUATE DIVISION APPLICATION

1. Graduate Online Application and $50 application fee

LMU offers an easy online application. Please visit the Graduate Division website to get started.

NOTE: Applicants may apply to only ONE graduate program per year. Applicants may NOT apply simultaneously to two different MFA programs at SFTV.

2. Official Transcripts

Please contact the Registrar’s Office of each college or university you have attended and request one official copy of your transcripts be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. If ordering electronic transcripts, request one copy be released to graduateadmission@lmu.edu. For current or former LMU students, please read here. Unofficial transcripts cannot be uploaded. Transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Charles Von der Ahe Building, Suite 235
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

3. Transcript/Credit Evaluation

Applicants who have completed their post-secondary education from an institution outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated and translated by a U.S. based transcript evaluation service before the application is considered for admission. A few commonly used evaluation service agencies are as follows:

The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your post-secondary degree is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A “course-by-course” transcript evaluation identifying your GPA is required.

4. English Language Proficiency Requirement (International Applicants Only)

TOEFL/IELTS: Applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they received a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Exceptions to this rule may be made for students from countries where English is one of several official languages, as well as at the discretion of the school's administration. The minimum TOEFL score for admission into most graduate programs is 100 internet-based and IELTS Overall Band Score of 7.

For more information regarding the TOEFL
For more information regarding the IELTS

Please request that ETS or IELTS send your official scores to LMU Graduate Admissions. The LMU Institution Code is 4403 to request the TOEFL.

Note: If, after admission to a graduate program, the applicant’s proficiency in English should prove inadequate, the University reserves the right to require additional proficiency in English. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the graduate program.

5. GRE Scores

The GRE is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

SFTV SUPPLEMENTAL GRADUATE APPLICATION (FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION)

1. Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be a story about you. How have your life experiences, choices, and values shaped you as a storyteller? What has influenced your unique voice? Tell us about three films, TV shows, or plays that have had an impact on you and why. Describe the last three books you read. Why do you want to attend the MFA in Film and Television Production program at Loyola Marymount University? (fewer than 1,000 words).

2. Visual Samples

A visual sample of one film or video work in which you performed a primary creative role (5-10 minutes maximum). The work may be fictional, animation, or a documentary. We prefer complete films. We’re most interested in your storytelling ability and are less concerned with your technical skills. SFTV considers thoughtful applicants who are in the early stages of their filmmaking careers, as well as more experienced applicants.

3. Creative Samples

Applicants to the graduate program in Film and Television Production must submit the following creative samples:

  1. A one-page outline of a film or video project you’d like to create. This outline should be in treatment form. Give us a sense of the kind of filmmaking that interests you.
  2. “The Unforgettable Moment”: Write one single-spaced page describing an unforgettable moment you either experienced or witnessed. Concentrate on the basics of good storytelling: character, mood and dramatic arc.

4. Video Recording

Create up to a two-minute video telling us who you are and why you want to tell stories. Simply record yourself telling your story on camera. Do not script it, nor do you need to ‘perform’ the event. The recording will not be viewed past the two-minute mark.

5. Portfolio List

The portfolio list is a written record of your creative material, including but not limited to film or television. It should include the title and a logline (if appropriate), the year of completion, and your creative role in its production. The material should give an idea of the range and depth of your creative ability. Formal recognition, such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions, should be noted. The name of the institution or publication should be included when listing creative materials prepared for a class or publication. Please do not submit any of these materials to us—submit only a list of your work.

An example of the Portfolio List is:

  1. July 2014, A Day in the Life, digital video, 12 minutes. Creative role: Writer/director. A documentary on a homeless Iraq vet who has lived on the streets since his return from the military. Created for senior-year multimedia project, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  2. March 2013, Doorways, a series of five black-and-white photographs. Creative role: Photographer. “Second Prize Winner” in the Des Moines Sunday Journal photo contest.
  3. February 2011, Cellomorphosis, short story. Creative role: Writer. A variation on the novella by Franz Kafka: published in Writing, vol. IV, 2010, at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

6. A One-Page Resume

7. Two Letters of Recommendation

Select your recommenders carefully, as this is a critical portion of your application. Each recommender must have supervised your work; do NOT send letters from colleagues or friends. We prefer that you provide one letter from your academic career and one letter from your professional career, or two academic letters. You must submit these letters electronically through the online graduate application. You are responsible for making sure letters have been received.

If you need more information or need assistance, please contact Jenny Vasquez, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, at sftvgradprograms@lmu.edu or 310-258-4630.

For Undergraduate Admissions, please contact admissions@lmu.edu.