Loyola Marymount University - School of Film and Television Reviews & Admissions Statistics

School Website
http://sftv.lmu.edu/
Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year BFA
  2. 3 Year MFA
Concentrations
  1. Animation & Digital Arts
  2. Cinematography
  3. Creative Producing
  4. Directing
  5. Editing
  6. Film & Television Production
  7. Film Studies
  8. Screenwriting
Tuition Range
$50k to $60k
Undergraduate Deadlines
November 1: Early Decision (binding) admission for Fall
November 1: Early Action (non-binding) admission for Fall
January 8: Early Decision II (binding) admission for Fall
January 15: Regular Decision Admission for Fall
October 15: Admission for Spring (January) semester
Graduate Deadlines
December 15

Film School details

Nonprofit/For-Profit?
Nonprofit
Undergrad Student Body
7,171
Graduate Student Body
1,799
Copyrights
  1. Student owns all copyrights
Start of Production Classes
  1. Freshman
Camera Equipment
  1. ARRI Digital Cinema Cameras
  2. Arriflex Super 16mm
  3. Arri Super 35mm
  4. Canon Cinema Cameras
  5. Canon Professional Camcorders
  6. RED
Software Used
  1. Unknown
Filmmaking Facilities
  1. Editing Bays
  2. Screening Rooms
Internships
  1. Student must arrange
  2. School provides resources to help find internships
Job Placement
  1. School Provides Career Development Training
Application Fee
$60
SAT or ACT Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
Minimum GPA
  1. 3.0
Letters of Rec Required
  1. 1 (Undergrad)
  2. 2 (Graduate)


Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (LMU SFTV) has solidified itself as one of the nation’s best film schools. In 2023, The Hollywood Reporter ranked LMU SFTV no. 8 in its annual list of the best American film schools, solidifying its place in the top 10 for more than a decade. And in 2022, FilmSchool.org named LMU SFTV runner-up for Best Producing Program and one of the best undergraduate programs in America.

Read our guide to applying to LMU here:

Loyola Marymount University: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as an LMU SFTV Film Student

Loyola Marymount University: How to Apply for 2024, Acceptance Rate, and What To Expect as an LMU SFTV Film Student

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (LMU SFTV) has solidified itself as one of the nation’s best film schools. In 2023, The Hollywood Reporter ranked LMU SFTV no. 8 in its annual list of the best American film schools, solidifying its place in the top 10 for more than a...

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • $60 application fee
  • Letter of Recomendation
  • Transcipts
  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio List

Graduate Application Requirements

  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement (International only)
  • The GRE is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0
  • Personal Statement
  • Visual Samples
  • Creative Samples
  • Video Recording
  • Portfolio List
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Notable Alumni

  • Melissa Blake - Writer-Producer (Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Heroes, Sleepy Hollow)
  • Effie Brown - Producer (Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves, Rocket Science)
  • Shay Hatten - Writer (John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum)
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Latest Film School Reviews

Loved attending LMU for Undergrad- Film Production
Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: BA/BS/BFA
Concentration: Film Production
Pros
  • Collaborative, small, hands-on, lots of room to learn, great professors, great networking, beautiful campus & facilities
Cons
  • Wished they taught us more about crowdfunding/funding in general, and distribution
I had an amazing time at LMU- it is truly a special school. The film program is competitive partially because it is so small- but since it is small everyone knows each other, you have opportunity to build a great network, and the classes are very hands-on. The program is very collaborative and encourages you to all work together, which is different than a lot of the other film programs in LA. The professors are knowledgable and encourage free and creative expression. Beautiful campus and wonderful facilities- I don't have a lot to complain about, but if I had to, I would say I wished we had more lessons/lectures about crowdfunding, funding films in general, and then distribution. Those were real life situations I faced after I graduated where I had little to no knowledge.
Affordability
2.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
4.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
5.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
5.00 star(s)
jordanrosephotos recommends this film school
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Excellent choice for a well-rounded film education experience
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Film and Television Production
Pros
  • Knowledgeable Faculty
  • Beautiful Location
  • Well-Rounded Experience
  • On Set Experience
  • Access to internships
  • Diverse students
Cons
  • Expensive
LMU's Film and Television Production MFA program is a great choice for students who want a well-rounded film education. You are able to make both fiction/non-fiction films and can choose electives that suit your interests and goals. There are also quite a few teaching assistantships and campus jobs available to students. The Westchester and Playa Vista campuses are both beautiful and we have access to all Hollywood has to offer as far as talent, locations, props, equipment, internships, gigs, etc. Going to school at LMU and living in LA is expensive and you must be prepared to navigate a city that is nonstop and quite hectic a lot of the time, but I've found that the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Affordability
4.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
5.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
5.00 star(s)
Coursework
5.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
5.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
5.00 star(s)
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application to LMU is quite "friendly" I think.
Reviewed by: Admitted Applicant
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Producing
Pros
  • Clear Instructions
  • Not much required documents or works
  • Quick responding contacts.
  • The apply site is friendly.
I applied UCLA, CalArts, Chapman and LMU for the 2016 fall and as a result I got rejected from UCLA and Chapman, waitlisted from CalArts and admitted from LMU. Honestly I don't remember much details about the apply process, but these school it is not hard to apply, they don't require too much documents or work sample and have clear instruction.

I believed LMU's requirements(portfolio, PS, etc.) are quite focus on "get to know you personally". They require a 5-page personal statement and a self-interview-telling-true-story and books and movies you like. I think it may because they have a small program. My GPA is quite low 80/100 and it may fall down under 3.0 under different calculation way so technically I need GRE score. But GRE actually submitted my score after they gave me the admission email, it can tell something I think. The school officer were very helpful, questions were replied efficiently with patient.

Anyway, application to LMU is quite "friendly" I think.
PS, Forgive my messy words, English is not my first language and now it is not my soberest moment. Good luck to everyone want to apply to film school!
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amandapaull
Chris- is there BFA-specific data for LMU? I think I’ve only seen MFA or overall data.

Latest questions

What is the experience like? I am considering applying in the future and would love to hear about students' experiences. How much time does school require from you? Is it possible to balance a career in the industry while taking the three year program i.e. Writing & Producing M.F.A.?
Chris W
Chris W
Has anyone applied / started their application for this year? I am trying to find the section of the application in the portal where I submit my recommenders but don't see anything. I feel like I might just be missing it... Does anyone know which section it's in? Thanks!

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