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Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Summer Film Academy

» Apply to the Summer Film Academy

Requirements to apply:

  • Must be entering your junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2020
  • Must have at least a 3.0 weighted GPA
  • Submit all required materials through SlideRoom
  • Application Fee $10

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Application Requirements

All applications must be submitted through SlideRoom. All materials listed below MUST be submitted through SlideRoom, they will not be accepted if submitted from any other source.  

1. Application

 Complete all parts of the Student Information Form.

2. Personal Statement

In 250 words or less, tell us why you want to attend the Summer Film Academy. How will this program help to meet your future scholastic and career aspirations?

3. Written Essay

Using your favorite book or movie as inspiration, reinterpret the story and place the action in your own social environment. We are looking for you to truly adapt the storyline and not just copy the plot. Example stories can be found below:

  • Hunger Games: Bullying by a powerful clique of students is rampant in your school and you are the Katniss Everdeen.
  • The Wizard of Oz: First day of school, a new student from a foreign country does not speak the language and needs to navigate the confusing environment with the help of friends.
  • Beauty and the Beast/ The Breakfast Club: Belle, an A student, must mistakenly serve detention for misconduct in an incident caused by "The Beast"- a fellow classmate who is outwardly cruel but in reality is lonely and misunderstood.

This essay should be no longer then 2 pages. Single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides and include a title. Document must be uploaded as a PDF.

4. 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.

Format for Resume listing

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.

5. 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. Please provide us with only one (1) letter of recommendation. This letter of recommendation MUST be submitted through SlideRoom.

6. Transcript

Please submit a current transcript from your high school. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA (weighted) to be considered for this program. This does not have to be an official transcript.


Application due on March 1, 2020.

Decisions out by April 20, 2020.

Non-refundable Deposit ($500) due May 8, 2020.

Application Info

This program is competitive, and not all students who apply will get in. We are looking for students who have a passion for film and storytelling. We want to see that you can tell a creative story, and have unique idea to bring to the program. Also, we like to see that students have a diverse background in creative areas. Academically we want to see that you can handle the rigor and intensity of our program. 

Have a question? 

Contact us at:
(714) 997-6996

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