Chapman Directing 2022 entry

Chris W

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Applying to Chapman Directing? Here's the official thread for Fall 2022 entry.

Deadline is December 1, 2021​

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Film Production (Directing)

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Film Production (Directing)

The graduate programs at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Conservatory of Motion Pictures are designed to empower you with

Here is's Admittance Data for the program from applications in our Film School Application Database:

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Film Production (Directing) Acceptance Rate
34  out of   62   Admitted
2  out of   62   Waitlisted
Not Admitted
26  out of   62  Not Admitted

    Here are requirements and creative prompts for this year:

    Application Requirements:

    • Statement of Intent: Submit an essay expressing your reasons for wanting to join the MFA Film Production, Directing emphasis program. What are your personal and career goals, and how will this particular degree from Chapman University help you reach those goals? Your essay should be double spaced, size 12 font, and 1-2 pages in length.
    • Resume
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Creative Supplement
    Other Required Materials:

    • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree granting institution
    • International Students: Please see "International Applicants" tab below for additional requirements
    No additional information should be sent to Dodge College or the Office of Admissions outside of what is required on the application. Any outside work sent to either office will not be reviewed as part of the admission process.

    Please note that you may only submit Creative Supplement materials for your 1st choice major selected on the application. No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

    The requirements below are for students applying for Fall 2022

    Creative Portfolio List

    Upload a one (1) to two (2) page list of activities that demonstrates your potential in your area of chosen specialization focusing on creative accomplishments. Include in this list specific items that you could submit, if requested, to Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Each listing should include a brief description of the work and your role in its creation.

    Example of Portfolio listing (use this format):

    Title: Roger's Car
    Position: Writer/Director
    16 minutes, Video 2005. Valley College
    Log line: Unusual circumstance allows a sixteen-year-old to get his first car. I wrote this story for a creative writing class and produced the film with the help of my friends.

    Transformational Moment Essay

    Submit a two (2) page essay describing a transformational moment in your life that fundamentally changed you as a person. Explain how you gained wisdom and greater understanding of the human condition as a result of this experience. Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

    Thesis Film Essay

    The MFA Directing program requires students to direct three short films. In no more than one (1) page, tell an original story for a thesis film that would run approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Tell the entire story, beginning, middle and end and go into detail. Describe each turn in the plot and what specifically brings it about. Try and tell an original story, ideally inspired by personal experience. It should be your original story and not adapted from material authored by someone else. Bear in mind your budget and shooting schedule will be limited. Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

    Narrative Scene

    Pick one (1) of the scenarios below and write a compelling dramatic scene. This may be written in no more than two (2) pages as a short story, single spaced, or in no more than five (5) pages as a screenplay. We are looking for the strength in your storytelling ability.

    1. Two siblings who have not spoken to each other in ten years await the start of their father or mother’s funeral and there is a monumental shift in their relationship.
    2. A couple whose marriage is on the verge of falling apart gets stuck in the snow bank together without a working mobile phone, and the best and the worst of their relationship comes out.
    3. Three strangers waiting outside a hospital emergency room, meet by chance, and it changes their lives.
    Visual Sample:

    Self-introductory Video Essay

    Create a self-introductory video essay between two (2) and five (5) minutes in length. Your video should visually highlight something about yourself, your personality, your interests, etc. The only rule is that you may NOT appear in the video in any way (including any photographs of yourself), so be creative. We are primarily looking for your strengths at conveying a story visually and for evidence of your creativity rather than your technical abilities.

    Narrative Work-Complete one (1) of the following:

    *We prefer candidates to submit original Narrative work, unless they have not directed a narrative film, in which case they should submit the Photo Narrative.*

    1.) Original Narrative Film:

    You may submit as many of your complete narrative movies (not short reel clips) as you wish. If you have mentioned narrative work in an essay or on the creative resume, please provide those samples by uploading them or providing a link.

    2.) Photo Narrative:

    In no more than twenty (20) still photographs, tell a story based on this prompt: A character is wandering in a city and encounters a situation that drastically changes his/her life. The photos should be uploaded in the order you wish to convey your story. The submission should be photographs only, and cannot have any writing or descriptions included. We are looking for your ability to tell a visual story without the use of dialogue or description.

    When do the decisions go out according to the school?​

    Decisions will be released by the end of April.

    Also.... BIG news... We are interviewing Chapman admissions the end of October. Let us know what questions you want us to ask them here:

    How's everyone's application going? Gooduck!

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Please submit your questions to Chapman Admissions here:

    We're interviewing them towards the end of October.

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Check out our new LONG interview with the Chapman Film School Admissions department:

    How to get into Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Tips from the Department of Admissions (Part 1)

    How to get into Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Tips from the Department of Admissions (Part 1)

    Rising to number 4 on the Hollywood Reporter's annual rankings of the best U.S. film schools, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University is a hidden gem outside of Hollywood. Notable alumni include the Duffer brothers (Stranger Things), Justin Simien (Dear White People), and...


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    Does anyone has a problem of submitting transcript? It’s a required piece but there’s no place in the website to attach it

    Chris W

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    So now that the deadline has come and gone. How'd the application go for everyone? Hopefully you were able to turn it in on time?

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