»Screenwriting Undergraduate Application

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate degree in Screenwriting 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 Screenwriting program:

  • Dodge College Essay
  • Major Requirement Essay
  • Creative Resume
  • Department Letter of Recommendation*

*Please note that there has been a change with the letter of recommendation for Dodge College. This recommendation now needs to be sent through SlideRoom and NOT through the Common Application.

To get to SlideRoom: You must answer "yes" to "Do you intend to submit an Art Supplement?" on Chapman University's Common App questions. This will activate the "Art Supplement" tab in your Common App, where you will be provided a link to SlideRoom. In SlideRoom, please set up an account and complete the required supplemental requirements.


SlideRoom will not allow you to submit your Art Supplement until you have submitted your Common Application. However, you may create your account and add materials in SlideRoom concurrent to your Common Application. Do NOT wait until the last minute to register on Slideroom. And do NOT wait until the last minute to submit your arts supplemental requirements, in the event any technical issues arise. Once all materials are submitted to SlideRoom, they are final.

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

+-Arts Supplement Requirements for 2013/2014

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 could you use the art of storytelling to share or pursue your passion? How has this passion influenced who you are and what your goals are in life? 

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

Major Requirement Essay 

Prompt: The following is a prompt for the beginning of a scene. In no more than two (2) pages, write a short narrative to finish the scene. Focus on developing and defining characters, building on the story, and creating captivating dialogue. Do not use formal screenplay format. We are looking for a short, narrative story and not a script.

  • A person arrives home to find an uninvited visitor...

Format: Short stories should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.  Remember to title your essay. 

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.

+-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 2014:

  • Spring Regular Admission: October 15

FOR FALL 2014:

  • 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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