»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 to Dodge College of Film and Media Arts are required to submit the Art Supplement via SlideRoom as part of the Common Application.  There is a $10 fee for the process, paid online when you submit your materials.

The following items must be submitted through SlideRoom to be considered for admission to the Digital Arts program:
  • Dodge College Essay
  • Major Requirement Essay
  • Creative Resume
  • Department Letter of Recommendation

SlideRoom Instructions:

On the Common Application, make sure to select “yes” to the question “Do you intend to submit an art supplement?”. This will prompt a tab to appear on the left-hand side of the application that will connect you to SlideRoom. You must have a Common App ID to connect with SlideRoom.

Once you have registered to start a submission via Slideroom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please make sure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are 100% sure that you have properly uploaded the required components outlined below. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your uploaded documents.
 Do NOT wait until the last minute to register on Slideroom. And do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your materials, in the event any technical issues arise. If you have any issues, please contact support@slideroom.com.

The Common Application and SlideRoom materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline or your application will be considered late.

+-Art Supplement Requirements for 2015

Please note that you may only submit Art Supplement materials into SlideRoom for your 1st Choice Major selected on Common App.  No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

Dodge College Essay

Prompt:  Describe something that you are passionate about. How has this passion influenced you as a storyteller? How does this passion relate to your future goals?

Formatting: One (1) page maximum in length. 12pt. Times New Roman Font. Single-spaced okay. One inch margins.

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 must be requested and submitted through SlideRoom with the rest of your Art Supplement materials. DO NOT submit this recommendation through the Common Application.

You can check within your SlideRoom account to see if you recommender has sent in a letter of recommendation. We recommend that you check back frequently to make sure the letter has been submitted. This letter is due by the same deadline as your application materials, so make sure to give your recommender plenty of time to complete the letter.

+-Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded to The Common Application and SlideRoom by the given deadlines. Late applications are only reviewed on a space available basis. Undergraduate deadlines (including international students) are as follows:

FOR SPRING 2015:

  • Spring Regular Admission: October 15

FOR FALL 2015:

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