» Documentary Filmmaking Graduate Application

This will take you through the application process for a graduate degree in Documentary Filmmaking and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.

+ - Overview

In order to apply to the Documentary Film graduate program, you must submit an application through Apply Yourself, as well as create an account through SlideRoom to upload your supplemental materials. Below are the materials required for each area.

  • Apply Yourself Application
    • Personal Information
    • Statement of Intent
    • Resume
  • Dodge College Supplemental Materials submitted via SlideRoom
      • Statement of Intent
      • Resume
      • Unofficial copy of your degree granting undergraduate transcript
      • Creative Portfolio List
      • Documentary Program Essay
      • Production Sample
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Other Required Documents that need to be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
    • Official copy of your degree granting undergraduate transcript
    • If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 you must submit a GRE score

SlideRoom Information: Once you have registered to start a submission via Slideroom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please make sure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are 100% sure that you have properly uploaded the required components outlined below. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your creative portfolio.
 Do NOT wait until the last minute to register on Slideroom. And do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your creative portfolio, in the event any technical issues arise. If you have any issues, please contact support@slideroom.com.

No additional information should be sent to Dodge College or the Office of Admissions outside of what is required on the application. Any outside work sent to either office will not be reviewed as part of the admission process. All supplemental materials and recommendations MUST be submitted through Slideroom.

**Special Note for International Students** We are now accepting applications for Fall 2016!

+ - Supplemental Materials for 2016

All Items below must be submitted through SlideRoom. Submissions sent any other way will not be accepted.

Creative Portfolio List

Upload a one (1) to two (2) page list of activities that demonstrates your creative potential in documentary filmmaking, focusing on creative accomplishments. Include in this list specific items that you could submit, if requested, to Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Each listing should include a brief description of the work and your role in its creation.

Example of Portfolio listing (use this format):
Title: Roger's Car
Position: Writer/Director
16 minutes, Video 2005. Valley College
Log line: Unusual circumstance allows a sixteen-year-old to get his first car. I wrote this story for a creative writing class and produced the film with the help of my friends.

Documentary Program Essay:

In no more than two (2) pages, please explain what kind of stories you want to tell through documentary filmmaking, and why? As an example, describe a documentary topic you would like to explore in depth, including at least three (3) scenes you would hope to include in the film, and explain why you would want to make a film on this particular subject.

Production Sample:

Submit a sample of your narrative and/or documentary production work. This submission can be no longer than 10 minutes. You can submit two shorter pieces, one complete piece, or a portion of a longer film, as long as the total submission is no more than 10 minutes long total. Include in the “notes” section on SlideRoom a short description of the project and what your role was.

If you don’t have a production sample to show, then please submit a representation of your creative work by choosing one of the following options: short story, script, news story, photos (up to 10 images).

+ - Deadline

All application and supplemental materials must submitted electronically through Apply Yourself or SlideRoom by the deadline below. Late applicants will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Graduate Deadline:

December 1, 2015

*Please note: In order to be considered for a Fellowship you must apply by the December 1st deadline. We do not accept applicants for the spring semester.

+ - Notification

Notifications will go out starting in mid-March, and will continue through May.

+ - Official Copy of Degree Granting Undergraduate Transcript

You also need to send in an official copy of your degree granting undergraduate transcript. This should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

+ - International Applicants

We are now accepting International Applications for Fall 2016!

Additional documentation is required for international students. Please visit the Office of Admissions for more information.

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Questions about applying?

Find answers to questions students frequently ask during the Graduate application process in our Graduate Admissions FAQ.