Film MFA

MFA Application Process

Admission to the graduate program requires a formal application consisting of the following:

  • Application form and $50 fee.
  • Transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Any previous graduate study should meet a minimum of 3.25 GPA.
  • A portfolio of film work, which demonstrates skills in one or more of five areas: producing, directing, writing, cinematography,
    and editing. While recognizing the collaborative nature of filmmaking, applicants must have been the lead person in one of these areas. Screenwriters may submit a screenplay in lieu of a produced film for which they are the author. Film projects should be a minimum of 15 minutes in length (multiple examples may be used) and a maximum of 30 minutes (longer projects should be excerpted). Scripts should be a minimum of 30 pages and a maximum of 120 pages.
  • A written essay defining the aesthetic approach and artistic influences of the portfolio submission. This essay should also include an explanation of the reason for application and detail post graduate goals.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Interview

Application materials will be reviewed by a committee comprised of full-time faculty. A review of the applicant’s portfolio will evaluate the ability of the student to progress successfully through the curriculum. Technical skills, aesthetic sensibilities, critical thinking, and writing skills will be assessed.

A prospective student in the MFA in Film Production program should have completed an undergraduate degree in filmmaking. Applicants without an undergraduate degree, or deficiencies in their application, will be required to take additional courses at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film to prepare them for graduate studies in film production before being fully admitted to the graduate program. Course requirements will be determined based on transcript and portfolio review.

Finalists will be interviewed in person or via an online portal.


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