» Film Production, Emphasis in Directing Graduate Application

This will take you through the application process for a graduate degree in Film Production with an emphasis in directing and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.

+ - Overview

In order to apply to the Film Production, directing emphasis graduate program, you must submit the required application materials, as well as a Creative Supplement. The application will go live in July, and more instructions on the application process will be updated on our website soon.


  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Creative Supplement*

Other Required Materials:

  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree granting institution
  • GRE (if GPA from undergraduate program is below a 3.0)

*More information on how to submit the Creative Supplement will be updated in July, but you can review the required documents for this year in the next tab.

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.

+ - Creative Supplement Requirements

Please note that you may only submit Creative Supplement materials for your 1st choice major selected on the application. No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

The requirements below are for students applying for Fall 2017

Creative Portfolio List

Upload a one (1) to two (2) page list of activities that demonstrates your potential in your area of chosen specialization 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.

Transformational Moment Essay

Submit a two (2) page essay describing a transformational moment in your life that fundamentally changed you as a person. Explain how you gained wisdom and greater understanding of the human condition as a result of this experience. Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

Thesis Film Essay

If you had to make a 20-25 minute long thesis film today, what would it be about? In no more than one (1) page, please describe the story you would tell in this film. Take care to limit your story to what can be shot in eight days for $ 15,000 – $20,000. Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

Narrative Scene

Pick one (1) of the scenarios below and write a compelling dramatic scene. This may be written in no more than (3) pages as a short story or in no more the (5) pages as a screenplay. We are looking for the strength in your storytelling ability; there is no preference in format.

  1. Two siblings who have not spoken to each other in ten years await the start of their father or mother’s funeral and there is a monumental shift in their relationship.
  2. A couple whose marriage is on the verge of falling apart gets stuck in the snow bank together without a working mobile phone, and the best and the worst of their relationship comes out.
  3. Three strangers waiting outside a hospital emergency room, meet by chance, and it changes their lives.

Visual Sample:

Self-introductory Video Essay

Create a self-introductory video essay between two (2) and five (5) minutes in length. Your video should visually highlight something about yourself, your personality, your interests, etc. The only rule is that you may NOT appear in the video in any way (including any photographs of yourself), so be creative. We are primarily looking for your strengths at conveying a story visually and for evidence of your creativity rather than your technical abilities.

Narrative Work-Complete one(1) of the following:

*We prefer candidates to submit original Narrative work, unless they have not directed a narrative film, in which case they should submit the Photo Narrative.*

1.) Original Narrative Film:

You may submit as many of your complete narrative movies (not short reel clips) as you wish. If you have mentioned narrative work in an essay or on the creative resume, please provide those samples by uploading them or providing a link.

2.) Photo Narrative:

In no more than twenty (20) still photographs, tell a story based on this prompt: A character is wandering in a city and encounters a situation that drastically changes his/her life. The photos should be uploaded in the order you wish to convey your story. The submission should be photographs only, and cannot have any writing or descriptions included. We are looking for your ability to tell a visual story without the use of dialogue or description.

+ - Deadline

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

Graduate Deadline:

December 1, 2016

*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

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.