Admission to the Program
Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission to the program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) grade point average in last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. International students whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL examination to demonstrate proficiency in written as well as spoken English. The Graduate Record General Examination (GRE) is required, but may be waived by the division director.
An undergraduate degree in one of the visual media is desirable, but applications from candidates who have majored in other fields will also be considered. Applicants with prior experience in the visual media should submit a portfolio illustrating relevant professional experience. Students without prior experience in film, video, photography, or digital media production or who do not demonstrate through their portfolio a level of minimum proficiency in media production will need to reconcile their deficiencies with additional coursework.
Applicants with prior experience in the visual media, who wish to be considered for a waiver of the required Principles of Video Production and/or Principles of Photography courses, should submit a written request illustrating relevant coursework or professional experience. Those requesting a waiver of either or both of these required courses will be required to take, and pass, a waiver exam. Students granted waivers for either, or both, of these required courses take advanced coursework in the field in fulfillment of those academic credits.
Official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on the applicant's commitment to pursuing graduate study in the program are submitted with the application.
Note: Asterisk (*) designates courses offered in Prague, Czech Republic via enrollment in the film and theatre curriculum at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU). Courses taken at FAMU receive full credit toward this program.