Online MFA in Digital Filmmaking Program Fees

Affordable Pay-As-You-Learn System: Pay for only one course at a time.

Application and Registration Fees
Application Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
$ 75
Registration Fee
(Non-refundable after 7 days)
STRF Fee* (non-refundable, CA residents only) $0
Per Course Fees
Tuition Fee
($500 per credit x four credits)
$2,000 / course taken
Records Fee $200 / term
Per Course Fee Total: $2,200
Additional Fees
Transfer Credit Fee (optional) $ 75 / course (Optional)
Original Transcript No cost
Each Additional Transcript Copy (optional) $ 25
Estimated Textbook Fees $ 1,000
Reasearch Reserved Fund $ 1,500
Residential Session Fee $ 2,200
Residential Accommodation Fees (Transportation, Room & Board not included)  $ 1,200
End of Program Fees
Diploma No cost
Replacement Diploma $ 200 (optional)
Replacement Cover $ 100 (optional)
Official Completion Letter $ 35 (optional)
Each Additional Transcript  $25 (optional)
Total Fees and Charges $35,375


* 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.

Note: A student can plan on approximately $1,000 in textbook purchases during the program. A textbook list may be found in the online resources of the student website. Real-time classes do not require specific materials beyond what is already supplied for the course. 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.

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF): The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is administered by the California BPPE and applies only to California residents. The STRF fee is currently zero ($0) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

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 interested in inquiring about non-interest-bearing monthly payment plan options should e-mail registrar @

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 transaction fees imposed by the institution). 

Please e-mail registrar @ for information on how to make payments.

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


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