Online MFA in Digital Filmmaking Program Fees

Affordable Pay-As-You-Learn System: Pay for only one course at a time, or receive a 10% discount on tuition by paying 100% of your program fees at the time you enroll.

Application and Registration Fees
Application Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 75
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 100
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee
($375 per credit x four credits)
$1,500 / course taken
Records Fee $ 200 / term
Per Course Fee Total: $1,700
Residential Session Fees
Residential Fee
(Room & Board not included)*
$ 2,200
Additional Fees
Transfer Credit Fee (optional) $ 75 / course (Optional)
Thesis Fee** $ 450
Original Transcript No cost
Each Additional Transcript Copy (optional) $ 25
End of Program Fees
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma (optional) $ 200
Replacement Cover (optional) $ 75
Degree Program Total $26,825+

+ Assumes completion in 15 terms.

* The residential fee does not include housing, meals or transportation; costs vary depending on the originating location of the student and the chosen accommodations. Anaheim University endeavors to find housing at a reasonable cost for students. For MFA students attending the residential, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they have taken care of proper visa procedures, if required.

**The thesis course requires an additional one-time payment of $450. A thesis student will pay the $200 records fee for each term s/he is working on the thesis until it is submitted for examination (the above table includes the average thesis completion time of two terms).

NOTE: The list of program fees does not include textbook fees, film viewing fees, or equipment fees. Textbooks and film viewing average approximately $100 - $200 per course, and equipment fees average $2,200 for the program.  Students may wish to check with retailers to inquire about educational pricing.  Anaheim University can provide proof of enrollment upon request.  

Some courses require the submission of an original film project; production expenses are also the responsibility of the student and are not included in the MFA program fees.

Note: Anaheim University makes certain provisions in order to provide access to library resources and library services for all students enrolled directly through Anaheim University. However, students enrolled in Anaheim University’s online graduate degree programs are required to have an additional reserve fund to be used for the purchase of journals and research - materials that will aid them in their studies by providing information specific to their unique areas of interest and research - and to provide access to software and other resources that may help them in the completion of their studies. The research reserve fund is $1,500 for masters students to be used over the duration of their program. Students are not required to spend the entire research fund - only that amount necessary in order to carry out their research.

The above itemizes all of the fees and charges for which the student is responsible. Our refund policy can be found in the Policies and Procedures section.

Tuition may be paid on a course-by-course basis. Students who pay all program fees at one time are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Students may make payment by check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), money order or bank transfer (the student is responsible for any transactions fees imposed by the institution). Payment is to be made in US dollars. 

An extension may be granted by the Dean to students requiring more time to complete the program.

U.S. Diplomatic and Military Service Discount: From January 1, 2006, those who have served the U.S. government through either diplomatic or military service may be eligible for a 10% discount.

US Military:  Anaheim University's programs are approved for VA benefits.


MFA in Digital Filmmaking Required Equipment

Students in the MFA in Digital Filmmaking program must have one from each category. Examples of each are listed. You may wish to check with retailers to inquire about educational pricing. Anaheim University can provide proof of enrollment upon request.

Camera capable of shooting 1920x1080/24fps

    • DSLR: Canon 5DMII, 5DMIII, 7D, 60D, Rebel T2i, T3i, Nikon D800, D90, D3200, etc.;
    • Black Magic Pocket Camera;
    • Mirrorless: Panasonic GH2, Sony A7, etc.


    • Focal length: 24-105mm. (Often the DSRL and mirrorless cameras listed above come with a stock lens that will cover this range).

Digital sound recorder with XLR inputs

    • Tascam DR-40;
    • Zoom H4N;
    • Rode shotgun microphone and XLR cable

Basic Continuous Lighting Equipment

    • Inexpensive brands: Impact, Manfrotto, Genaray
    • More expensive: Arri lighting kits, Kino-flo

Basic Non-linear editing software