» Screenwriting Graduate Application

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

+ - Overview

In order to apply to the Screenwriting 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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Narrative Scene

In no more than three (3) pages write a compelling dramatic scene based on this scenario: Two people’s car breaks down which leads to a change in their relationship. This may be written in short story or screenplay format. We are looking for the strength in your visual storytelling ability; there is no preference in format.

4. Screenplay

Screenwriting applicants are required to submit either a short film or feature length screenplay written by you without the collaboration of others. Screenplays should be submitted in standard screenplay format, as a PDF or Word document. Short film screenplays should be approximately 20-25 pages in length, and feature length screenplays should be about 115-120 pages. Please make sure that your screenplay includes your name, title of screenplay, and year your screenplay was completed.

+ - 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.