Residential Session (Residentials)

Attendance at a one-week, in-person residential at an appropriate facility in Hollywood, California or Tokyo, Japan is a requirement for graduation from the MFA program. At the residential, students will attain hands-on experience with professional-grade motion picture and HD video equipment and learn from industry professionals. Seminars from industry experts will be complemented by classes with faculty, tours of facilities, and the opportunity for students to work together on filmmaking projects. The residential session adds a comprehensive, applied layer to the program to complete the final objective: "Acquire the overall intellectual and professional background needed to enter the cinematic marketplace." The tuition for the Residential Sessions is included in the total program price, but students must pay for their own travel, room and board. The Residential Session typically alternates between California and Asia.


The Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film offers a cutting-edge online Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking degree program. Experience the following AU advantages:


  • Interact with your professor and fellow classmates around the world through live webcam classes
  • Specialize in a specific aspect of filmmaking through your selection of electives
  • Meet face-to-face with industry professionals and gain hands-on experience with professional equipment at a one-week residential session
  • Learn from professors based in Hollywood and other leading film markets without having to relocate during your period of study
  • Earn your Master's degree online in approximately 3 years while working full-time



  • 12 x 9 week Online Courses + thesis
  • Weekly live webcam classes
  • New terms begin every 10 weeks
  • 1 Course = 4 Credit Points
  • MFA in Digital Filmmaking Program = 56 Credit Points
  • One-week hands-on residential session held in Hollywood, California or Tokyo, Japan
  • Total duration = approximately 3 years


The steps below are general guidelines for joining a program at Anaheim University. Just complete the following steps and, if approved, become part of Anaheim University's global community within 2 weeks.


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The following documents are required for admission:

  • Application form
  • One recent passport-size color photograph
  • Official English language proficiency test score report if you are a non-native English speaker (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts.† (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts documenting at least one course in each of the following: accounting, finance and economics.†††† (mail original*)
  • documenting a minimum of 5 years of work or teaching experience in a relevant area of business††††
  • Resume ††
  • Brief Statement.††
  • Resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing).+++
  • An outline (1,000 words) of the possible research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation that demonstrates his/her research experience and abilities. +++
  • Three reference letters (on letterhead with contact information) attesting to personal and professional qualifications. One reference must be from each of the following:+++
    - A recent employer.
    - A TESOL professional who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student.
    - A member of the academic faculty where the applicant completed his/her MA.

†††† DBA Only
††† Ed.D TESOL Only
†† MA TESOL or MFA Only
† Not applicable to TESOL/TEYL Certificate Programs


*scanned copies are accepted to expedite application process while waiting for originals to arrive in the mail


Documents can be uploaded as part of the online application form, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted in the mail to the address in Step 5. The complete list of Entrance Requirements for each program can be found here.





Upon completion of the Online MFA in Digital Filmmaking program, students will be able to:

  • Situate film and media in a continuum of artistic endeavors drawn from a variety of national traditions.
  • Understand the central place that Akira Kurosawa occupies in world cinema.
  • Be able to produce critical works on film and media in the language of the field and with an understanding of the critical theories that are most appropriate to cinematic and media texts.
  • Produce creative works that reflect timeless stories of interior and exterior journeys of understanding of the self and the world around.
  • Summarize significant research findings in film to develop a depth of knowledge ranging from the historical to the leading edge. 
  • Develop creative writings that reflect the professional standards demanded of the film and media industries.
  • Have a grasp of the techniques and technologies for the production of creative digital media.
  • Discern the variety of cinematic texts and the variety of ways they are produced, distributed and consumed.
  • Acquire the overall intellectual and professional background needed to prepare for both the applied and academic film worlds.