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Film and Media Production - Admission Requirements

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to ASU as Filmmaking Practices major

When you apply to Arizona State University, you will be asked to indicate Filmmaking Practices as your intended major.

2. Apply to Film and Media Production

This online form will be made available approximately a month before the deadline each semester. Application submissions are now open: Film and Media Production Online Application Instructions

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete or be in-progress of completing film core courses (FMP 201, FMP 250, FMP 261, FMS 100, FMS 200).
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the film core courses and an ASU cumulative GPA of 2.5.

WHEN TO APPLY?

  • Application submissions open Jan. 24, 2018. Apply to the film and media production concentration when you complete or are in-progress of completing film core courses in your sophomore year. The film area strongly recommends that students complete a majority of the core courses in the semesters prior to submitting their application.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • For spring 2018 admissions:
    • Materials are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 5, 2018 for the February 2018 interviews.  

INTERVIEW DATES

  • For fall 2018 admissions: Feb. 23–24, 2018 (Exact days/times TBA)

APPLICATION PROCESS AND MATERIALS

The admissions committee will be made up of a cross-disciplinary group of faculty appointed on staggered terms. The committee will provide you with oral feedback on the material submitted for admission. Once the application deadline has passed, all students who have submitted a complete application, including all the application materials indicated below, will receive notification about the process of selecting their interview date and time within the above outlined timeframe.

  • Complete the online Film and Media Production application form.
    • This online form will be made available approximately a month before the deadline each semester. Applications are now open: Film and Media Production Online Application Instructions

    • This online form works best using the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. If you are unable to submit an online form, please contact the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at 480.965.5337 or by email at FDTadmissions@asu.edu.

  • Compile the following materials:
    All materials, except your letter of reccomendation, will be uploaded to the online application.  
    • Personal essay.
      • In a three-page essay, answer the question:  What career would you like to have in the film and media industry, and what steps will you take in the FMP program to get you closer to that goal?  (Be sure to indicate which track you wish to pursue:  directing, producing, or production/tech.)
    • Critical essay.
      • In a two-page essay, tell us your favorite film or TV show and explain why it appeals to you from a thematic, artistic, and/or technical perspective.
    • A copy of your current DARS.
      • Your DARS report must show that you have completed or are in the final semester of your film core coursework. Please see your advisor prior to submitting your application if any exceptions need to be made to your DARS report to move coursework into the film core area.
    • Work sample.
      • Submit one from among the following (if you have questions about the content of your submission, please contact the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at 480.965.5337 or by email at FDTadmissions@asu.edu.) 

        The Admissions Committee strongly encourages students applying for the FMP program to submit a finished video sample - a short film project or sample reel that displays your work and skill as a director, producer, editor, production designer, sound designer, animator, or cinematographer.  We will accept design portfolios and screenplay submissions with a special request approval; however, students interested primarily in screenwriting are encouraged to pursue the FPR Screenwriting track.

        • Original screenplay.
          • (By request only – your committee chair must approve this alternate submission. Please contact the School of Film, Dance and Theatre main office at 480.965.5337.) Full script for a short film (30 pages maximum)
        • Original video.
          • The video should be no more than 10 minutes in length and submitted through a URL address. Please test the link before submission.
        • Design portfolio.
          • (By request only – your committee chair must approve this alternate submission. Please contact the School of Film, Dance and Theatre main office at 480.965.5337.) Booklet containing photos, sketches, renderings or other materials from film production or costume design.
        • Cinematography/editing reel.
          • Edited reel of no more than 10 minutes in length demonstrating proficiency in film photography or editing.
    • Letters of reference.
      • Applicants are asked to submit ONE letter of recommendation from an ASU instructor, teaching assistant, professor, or staff member who can attest to the student's strengths, including work ethic, academic skills, creative imagination, ability to collaborate, leadership potential, and/or unique abilities and experience.  Applicants have the option of submitting up to two additional letters of recommendation from references outside of ASU. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded by recommenders via this secure online form. If recommenders are having a hard time submitting this form, please submit reference letter to FDTadmissions@asu.edu. Letters will be due by 5 p.m. Feb. 5, 2018. Do not request letters from relatives or close friends.

**Please be sure your name is on all of your application materials.*

Your personal essay, critical essay, DARS report and work sample need to be uploaded to the online application. Recommenders must submit letters of reference via this secure online form.