Admission Requirements for graduate program

Department Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema
Fall Application Deadline January 15th - Rolling Admission
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'
- Resume
- Statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Portfolio (submit at


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

The following documents can be emailed to (resume & statement of purpose)

Statement of Purpose instructions:
Write a three- to four-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in cinema arts. This is your opportunity to articulate your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to pursuing an MFA in cinema arts. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.

Creative Portfolio

Prepare and submit a portfolio of creative work via the online application system, Slideroom. Please note that, upon submitting your creative portfolio, Slideroom will charge a small fee for applicants to use this service. (You may pay this fee with a credit or debit card.) Portfolio submission materials will not be returned to applicants. We recommend submitting copies only.

Portfolio Requirements for all cinema arts applicants, please submit one of the following:

1. A short film that you have personally directed, or for which you were a principal creative contributor and credited as such (i.e. as writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, vfx designer/supervisor), not to exceed 15 minutes, or
2. An original treatment for a feature film, in 10 pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font), which can include photographs or visuals not to exceed one third of total treatment, plus one additional written page explaining why you want to make this project and create this specific story, or
3. A short script (correctly formatted) that you have individually written, not to exceed 12 pages in length.

Additional/Optional items: You are welcome to submit up to 5 additional items on Slideroom (either visual pieces -- such as videos, photos, visual documentation of creative work -- or written pieces - provided you played a key role on those works). Clearly describe exactly your role on each item that you submit on Slideroom.

While you are required to submit a portfolio of your creative work on Slideroom, you are permitted to supplement your portfolio by listing a URL to an online portfolio of your creative work on your resume, or CV.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A