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A completed admission application

An application can be downloaded, or you can complete our online application.

A nonrefundable application fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent aliens or $70 for non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent alien residents.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges attended. A completed undergraduate degree must be verified prior to enrollment.

Required English Proficiency Testing

Graduate applicants whose bachelor's degree was achieved in a language other than English must score at least 100 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) or 7 on the I.E.L.T.S to be considered for admission.

Visit www.TOEFL.org or www.ielts.org for testing and procedures information. Art Center does not accept institutional scores, and all scores must be sent directly from the testing service. We do not accept electronic download scores from I.E.L.T.S. In addition, the College may require minimum scores on each section of the test.

Your work

Submit at least two completed film or video projects that demonstrate your visual narrative storytelling abilities as a filmmaker.  The total running time of the work you submit should be at least five minutes but should not exceed 20 minutes. 

Submitted work can include short films of any genre, documentaries, or multiple commercials or music videos, but all work must demonstrate your narrative storytelling abilities.  Your work should also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in cinematography, lighting, staging, editing, and sound.  At least one of your projects should employ sync sound. 

Submit only projects on which you played a key creative role as director, cinematographer, or editor—this includes applicants interested in the Producing concentration; be sure to clearly indicate the role you played on each project.

In the written statement accompanying your application, keep in mind that we are particularly interested in learning what inspires you to make films, what sorts of films you want to make, and a brief description of your favorite filmmakers.  We are also interested in hearing about any professional experience that you have accrued in the Film Industry.

Portfolio work is only accepted via link to Vimeo by indicating your link along with your application.  Applicants can provide links to their work via email to filmportfolio@artcenter.edu. You must include your full name and address. 

For those who do not have access to these services, we will accept a DVD formatted in the NTSC video standard.  All other formats, including data discs, will not be accepted.

A graduate proposal

Write a graduate proposal that defines a filmmaking project that you feel will engage and challenge you during your course of study. While the proposal may be preliminary, it must nevertheless be specific and take the form of a one-page story treatment for a potential film project.

Your resume

A short resume covering educational and relevant experience.
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