» Digital Arts Undergraduate Application

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

+ - Overview

All applicants for Dodge College of Film and Media Arts are required to submit the Common Application as well as a Creative Supplement.  You will be able to access the Creative Supplement through the Common Application when choosing a Dodge College of Film and Media Arts major.  You only need to submit materials for your 1st choice major; any other materials submitted will not be reviewed.  If you need to access the Creative Supplement directly, you can do so here.

Both the Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted by the deadline, along with all other required materials. Please 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.

The requirements below are for students applying for Spring 2017 or Fall 2017.

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”

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.

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 such as animation or Visual Effects.  

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.

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.

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 gets submitted through the Creative Supplement and NOT through Common App. Please make sure to fill in your recommender’s information in the “Recommendation” section of the Creative Supplement.

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

+ - Deadlines

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:

FOR SPRING 2017:

  • Spring Regular Admission: October 15

FOR FALL 2017:

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

+ - Notification

Early Action Applicants: End of December through January 

Regular Deadline Applicants: Beginning of March through April

Fall Transfers: Mid-May and June

Spring Transfers: Mid-November and December

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