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How to Apply to Dodge College

» How to Apply to Dodge College

Follow these steps to apply to Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Step 1: Know your deadline

First, make sure you know your application deadline. That way you can apply on time.


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Spring 2021 Deadlines

October 15, 2020

Application deadline for first-year students and transfer students

Fall 2021 Deadlines

November 1, 2020

Application deadline for first-year students who are applying for:

  • Early Action — Early Action is a way to apply to Chapman early. You will receive your decision earlier than if you were to apply for Regular Decision.
  • Early Decision — Early Decision is a way to apply to Chapman early. You will receive your decision earlier than if you were to apply for Regular Decision. Early Decision is binding. That means that if you are admitted, you must withdraw all other applications and attend Chapman.
  • Film Production
  • Screen Acting (priority deadline)*
  • TV Writing and Production (priority deadline)*

*While we accept applications for Screen Acting up until the Regular Decision deadline, we recommend you apply by the priority deadline.

 

January 15, 2021

Application deadline for first-year students who are applying for:

  • Regular Decision

February 15, 2021

Application deadline for transfer students


Step 2: Submit Your Common Application

Follow the Chapman application process to submit your Common Application.

You can’t move on to the next step until you have submitted your Common Application. Try to submit your Common Application as soon as possible so that you have time for step 3.


Step 3: Submit your Creative Supplement

All Dodge College applicants must submit a Creative Supplement. Your Creative Supplement is a showcase of work that you’ve done in your field. For example, if you are applying to be a Film Production major, you will submit a short film.

You only have to submit a Creative Supplement for your first-choice major. If you include a 2nd-choice major on your application, you don’t have to submit a Creative Supplement for it.

Submit your Creative Supplement on your Application Status page. You can only access your Application Status page after you have submitted your Common Application, so be sure to submit your Common Application as soon as possible.

The requirements for the Creative Supplement are different for each major. Choose your major to view requirements:


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Animation and VFX

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Portfolio

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

Respond to 1 of the following options:

Option 1: Traditional Portfolio
Submit a portfolio of your artistic work (15 pieces maximum). Try to showcase:

  • Your technical drawing skills (still-life and action sketches)
  • Your skill in digital tools like Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Your creativity!

Examples of portfolio pieces include:

  • Figure Drawings
  • Character Designs
  • Architectural Designs
  • Still Life Drawings
  • Illustrations

Option 2: Video Portfolio

  • Action Sketches
  • Images of CG Models
  • Stills from VFX Reels
  • Wireframe

Create a sample reel of your work (6 minutes maximum). Your reel should showcase digital art skills in animation or visual effects. It can be either edited clips or a complete narrative story.

If you need examples, visit our Digital Arts Video Samples page.

Examples of segments for your sample reel include:

  • Characters in motion
  • 3D modeling and lighting
  • Natural phenomena FX
  • 3D set extensions
  • Compositing of FX with live action

3. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

Broadcast Journalism and Documentary

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement Essay

Prompt: In no more than 2 pages, talk about an issue in the news that’s important to you and why. Why is it important to the public at large? Are there aspects of the story that are getting too little attention in the media coverage?

Formatting: Your essay should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your essay.


3. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

Creative Producing

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement Essay

Prompt: In no more than 2 pages, describe a large project or event that you planned where you were required to work within a team. Explain some of the challenges you faced, how you handled them, and how the project ultimately turned out. Also describe how you might handle a large project differently next time.

Formatting: Your essay should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your essay.


3. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

Film Production

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Emphasis Question

Prompt: When you completed your Common Application, you indicated your area of emphasis — cinematography, editing, directing, production design or sound design. In 150 words or fewer, tell us which emphasis you chose and why.


3. Writing Sample

Prompt: In no more than one page, write a true story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Use this story to show your unique storytelling skills as well as illustrate your creativity in telling a story.

Formatting: Your story should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.


4. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


5. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.


6. Visual Sample

Prompt: Without using dialogue or voice over, make a film that is under two minutes and is about a character making a difficult and dramatic decision.  Show that the character is pulled in two different directions at an emotional level, visualize their process of consideration and show that they make a decision.

Please follow this prompt as it is written. Not following the prompt (for example: including dialogue or exceeding 2 minutes) could affect how this part of your application is reviewed.

*A direct link to upload this requirement will appear on your Application Status page once the rest of the Creative Supplement has been submitted*

Film Studies

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement Essay

Prompt: In no more than 2 pages, write an analysis of a film released in 2020 that strongly resonated with you. Focus on the film's execution and delivery of themes or messages, particularly how specific uses of the cinematic aesthetic (such as cinematography, editing, and sound) contributed to the overall impact.

Formatting: Your essay should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your essay.


3. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

PR and Advertising

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement Essay

Prompt: In no more than 2 pages, describe a public relations, advertising or film marketing campaign that was particularly effective in reaching its target audiences. Examine the overall goal or message of the campaign, how that message was delivered and whether the campaign was successful. Please cite supporting research or information that would support your conclusions.

Formatting: Your essay should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your essay.


3. Creative Resume

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

Screen Acting

1. Portfolio

To be added.


2. Theatre Resume

Provide a resume highlighting your:

  • Training
  • Teachers
  • Performance and technical experience

Try to include:

  • The names of theatres and directors you’ve worked with
  • Media work you’ve done
  • Awards/scholarships you’ve received

3. Goal Statement

Submit a goal statement that answers these questions:

  • How do you envision yourself contributing to theatre and to society as a student and artist?
  • How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre?

4. Photograph

Upload a photograph of yourself on your Application Status Page. It doesn’t need to be a professional headshot.

5. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.


6. Pre-Screen Audition Videos

Upload your 3 pre-screen audition videos on your “Application Status” page. The 3 pre-screen audition videos are your:

  • Introduction: State your name, where you’re from and a fun fact about yourself. Use a medium shot (chest up). 30 seconds maximum.
  • First monologue: See the prompt below for instructions. Use a 3/4 body shot. 60 seconds maximum.
  • Second monologue: See the prompt below for instructions. Use a 3/4 body shot. 60 seconds maximum.

Monologue prompt: Perform two contrasting monologues, one comedic and one dramatic.

Suggestions for choosing a monologue:

  • Choose a monologue from a published play (film and television monologues are discouraged)
  • Do not select a stand-alone monologue. Instead, choose a monologue from a play that provides context and character motivation.
  • Choose a monologue with a character that is close to your age and that you think you could be cast as.
  • Choose a monologue that is active. Know who you are talking to and what you want from them.
  • Choose a monologue that you care about. Your engagement and interest will make your performance stronger.
  • Avoid dialects, excessive prop use, cartoon or two-dimensional characters and exaggerated characterizations.
  • Avoid overdone monologues (they often lead to predictable acting choices) unless you are able to make it uniquely your own. Try Googling “overdone monologues” to see what to avoid!

Screenwriting

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement: Short Story

Prompt: The following is a prompt for the beginning of a scene. In no more than 2 pages, write a short narrative to finish the scene. Focus on developing and defining characters, building on the story, and creating captivating dialogue. Do not use formal screenplay format. We are looking for a short, narrative story and not a script.

Two people who are close experience a sudden calamity that changes their relationship.


Formatting: Your story should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your story.


3. Creative Resume

 

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

TV Writing and Production

1. Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or fewer, 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.


2. Major Requirement: Short Story

Prompt: The following is a prompt for the beginning of a scene. In no more than 2 pages, write a short narrative to finish the scene. Focus on developing and defining characters, building on the story, and creating captivating dialogue. Do not use formal screenplay format. We are looking for a short, narrative story and not a script.

A person arrives home to find an uninvited visitor...


Formatting: Your short story should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your story.


3. Creative Resume

 

Provide a resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of your best creative projects (1 page maximum).

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.

Your resume should not contain the projects themselves. It is simply a written description of your projects.

Use this format to structure your resume:

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

Reason for creating/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.

 

Creative Resume example:

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.


4. Letter of Recommendation

Submit a letter of recommendation. This should be written by someone who can speak to your creative strengths. For example, you can ask a teacher or a boss/supervisor (for a creative job) to write your letter of recommendation.

Your letter of recommendation is due at the same time as the rest of your application. So make sure you give your recommender enough time to write it. Ask your recommender to write your letter well before the application deadline.

To submit your letter of recommendation, click “Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation” in your Application Status Page. This link will appear after you have submitted your common application.

Step 4: Wait

You’re all done. Now just sit tight. We’ll review your application and get back to you soon.

You can view your application checklist and admission status on your Application Status Page.

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