Chapman MFA in Television Writing and Producing Applicants 2022

Chris W

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Applying to Chapman Television Writing and Producing? Here's the official thread for Fall 2022 entry.

Deadline is December 1, 2021​

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Television Writing and Producing

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Television Writing and Producing

The small screen has become big—in fact, it’s huge, in terms of the opportunities open to the next generation of television writers and producers. From multi-episode shows available for streaming/binge watching, to innovative “concept” shows that vary from season-to-season around a theme or...

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

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Television Writing and Producing Acceptance Rate
11  out of   31   Admitted
9  out of   31   Waitlisted
Not Admitted
11  out of   31  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 Television Writing and Producing 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
    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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Writing Sample

    The following is a prompt for the beginning of a scene. In no more than (2) pages, write a short narrative to finish the scene. Focus on development 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...

    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...

    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?

    If you haven't yet please remember to add your application to our application database:

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