Chapman MFA Screenwriting Applicants 2022

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Applying to Chapman Screenwriting? Here's the official thread for Fall 2022 entry.

Deadline is December 1, 2021​

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Screenwriting

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Screenwriting

The 2-year MFA in Screenwriting is an intensive program designed to encourage the development of your unique storytelling voice through the exploration of the intricacies of story structure and character development. Working under the mentorship of industry active screenwriters, you’ll learn to...

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

Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Screenwriting Acceptance Rate
51  out of   68   Admitted
11  out of   68   Waitlisted
Not Admitted
6  out of   68  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 Screenwriting 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

    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. Narrative Scene

    In no more than three (3) pages write a compelling dramatic scene based on this scenario: Two people who are close, experience a sudden calamity that changes their relationship. This may be written in short story or screenplay format. We are looking for the strength in your storytelling ability; there is no preference in format. The tone of the scene can be comic or dramatic in any genre.

    4. Screenplay

    Screenwriting applicants are required to submit 20-30 pages of your best creative or dramatic writing. This could be the first act or other section of a feature screenplay (with context), a screenplay for a short film, all or part of an episodic script, a web series, a one-act play or an excerpt from a full-length play, a short story or an excerpt from a novel. This to be written by you without the collaboration of others and should be submitted as a PDF or Word document. Please make sure that your submission includes your name, title, and year it was completed.

    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!


    Korean Forum Moderator
    Staff member
    Hello for those of you applying to Chapman Screenwriting 2022! My name is Lucy and I'm an international student from South Korea. I got accepted to Chapman Screenwriting 2021, currently in my first year. I wrote an article on how I got into the program so feel free to check it out for your reference!
    Here's the link: How I Got into Chapman University’s Dodge College as an International Student
    Best of luck to all of you guys!

    Chris W

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

    We're interviewing them towards the end of October.

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
    Staff member
    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

    Willem was robbed
    Staff member
    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:

    Good luck everyone!
    Add your film school application to our Application Database so that we can improve our admissions statistics.

    Add Application…

    Latest Application Updates

    Users who are viewing this thread

    Latest Accepted Applications

    Acceptance Data
    For up to date Film School Acceptance Rates, including Minimum GPAs, Minimum Test Scores, After Interview and Off-Waitlist Acceptance Rates, Film Experience and Undergraduate degrees of accepted applicants, Age data, and other acceptance statistics for your film program of choice simply navigate to the Acceptance Rates tab on each film school's page in our Film School Database.

    For example:
    Add your own Application to our application database to help improve the site's acceptance data.

    Latest Applications

    Latest Film School Reviews

    • University of Chicago - Department of Cinema and Media Studies
      4.00 star(s)
      Excellent Program: Bad Politics
      I want to start this off by saying I got an amazing education from the University of Chicago. It's one of the top schools in the country for a...
      • tomkristensen311
    • American University - School of Communication (B.A.)
      4.00 star(s)
      A Positive Perspective
      AU is a bit of a diamond in the rough in terms of Film BAs. Well, maybe not diamond - but one of the lesser gems. I had a great experience at AU...
      • Anonymous
    • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - Program in Film and Video (B.F.A.)
      4.00 star(s)
      CalArts Film/Video Undergrad Experience
      CalArts' Film program is known to be more experimental; however, I wouldn't say it focuses solely on art-house cinema or experimental cinema, but...
      • Anonymous
    • Cleveland State University - School of Film & Media Arts
      2.00 star(s)
      An affordable option if you're willing to dedicate the time to teach yourself.
      I graduated from CSU's film program right before they revamped it to include a BFA option. I was mostly interested in screenwriting and that...
      • JPG
    • University of North Texas
      3.00 star(s)
      You Get What You Put In
      Started the program off with an intro film professor who had no desire to help me learn. A lot of classes you need to get through before you can...
      • Anonymous

    Latest questions

    Latest Articles

    Latest Accepted Applications