» Animation and VFX Undergraduate Application

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate degree in Animation and VFX and make sure you know how it works from start to finish

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All applicants to Dodge College are required to submit the Common Application as well as a Creative Supplement. You only need to submit materials for your 1st choice major; any other materials submitted will not be reviewed.

Both the Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted by the deadline along with all other required materials.You will gain access to the Creative Supplement only after your Common App has been submitted, so please plan accordingly.

You can see the Creative Supplement requirements for your program below.

Creative Supplement Requirements

Please note that you may only submit the Creative Supplement for your 1st Choice Major selected on Common App. No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process. You must submit the Common Application in order to gain access to the Creative Supplement.

The requirements below are for students applying for Spring 2020 or Fall 2020.

Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or less, tell us what about your distinct experiences/background/values makes you a unique candidate for the program for which you are applying. Please focus on what makes you unique as a person beyond any direct experience you may have in your intended field of study. Use this prompt to talk about aspects of yourself that are not already covered in other parts of your application.

Major Requirement “Essay”

*Please note that a direct link to upload this requirement will appear on your checklist portal once the Common App has been submitted*

Respond to one (1) option of your choosing:

Option 1: Portfolio Review
Students can choose to submit a portfolio of artistic work. Limit your portfolio to only 15 pieces (15 pages) maximum. For tips on creating your portfolio review, and for examples of our top portfolio picks, visit the Admission Portfolio Samples page.

Examples of portfolio pieces include:

  • Figure Drawings
  • Character Designs
  • Architectural Designs
  • Still Life Drawings
  • Illustrations
  • Action Sketches
  • Images of CG Models
  • Stills from VFX Reels
  • Wireframes

Some of things we like to see in the portfolio are 1) technical drawing skills, such as life drawing, still life drawings and action sketches, 2) computer literacy, i.e., a basic comfort level with some digital tools such as Photoshop or Illustrator, and 3) good taste and inventiveness! This involves creativity of concept, good composition, pleasing color palettes, etc. We are looking for talented artists, not merely technicians.

Option 2: Video review

Prompt: Create a visual portfolio (sample reel) video of no more than six minutes. This reel may contain edited clips or a complete narrative story. The reel must showcase primarily digital arts skills in animation or visual effects. For tips on creating your video review, and for examples of our top video picks, visit the Admission Video Samples page.

If you are primarily focused on Visual Effects but do not have strong traditional art skills, a visual effects sample reel is recommended.

Examples of video reel segments include:

  • Characters in motion
  • 3D Modeling and lighting
  • Natural phenomena FX
  • 3D set extensions
  • Compositing of FX with live action
  • Composited matte paintings
  • Motion Graphics
  • Tracking

Creative Resume

Provide a one-page (max.) resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of what you consider to be your best creative work. These projects should demonstrate your ability to convey a story or message through creative, artistic or technical talents. As we are only asking for a limited number of projects, include more recent items and projects in which you were the driving force or had a leadership role. These can include class assignments, projects from jobs or internships, or your personal hobbies and freelance work. Please note you are NOT to submit any actual materials from this resume at this time. Please use the following format when structuring your resume:

Title: title of the project (length of project if applicable)

Source and Date of Creation: You may write “freelance” if it was something you did on your own.

Description of item: An in-depth description of the piece, the inspiration or objective, and your specific role in its creation. Also list any awards or special recognition you may have received for the piece.


Articles for the School Newspaper

Journalism I class, 2008

I wrote several feature articles on various topics from the constant flooding of the men’s bathroom to vandalism on campus. I also did a film review for every issue. I helped with the layout of the paper as well as selecting the final photographs.

Departmental Letter of Recommendation:

This letter of recommendation should be completed by a person who can discuss your creative strengths. Examples of appropriate people to write this letter on your behalf are art, drama, film/TV, or journalism teachers or a boss or supervisor from a job, internship, or volunteer project where your duties included something of a creative nature.

This recommendation does NOT go through Common App. You will request this recommendation directly through your checklist portal under "Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation". This link will not appear until your Common App is submitted, so please plan accordingly.

This letter is due by the same deadline as your application materials, so give your recommender plenty of time to complete the letter.


All documents must be uploaded by the given deadlines. Late applications are only reviewed on a space available basis. Undergraduate deadlines (including international students) are as follows:


  • Spring Regular Admission: October 15

FOR FALL 2020:

  • Freshman Early Action (non-binding): November 1
  • Freshman Early Decision (binding): November 1
  • Freshman Regular Admission: January 15
  • Transfer Regular Admission: February 15


Spring Applicants: Mid-November through December

Early Action/Early Decision Applicants: End of December

Regular Admission Applicants: Middle of March

Fall Transfers: Mid-April through May