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Columbia University - MFA - Fall 2018

Discussion in 'Graduate Film School Discussions' started by Patrick Clement, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Patrick Clement

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    Opening this thread for applicants. Questions, concerns, application status, interviews, nerves, how babies are made, winning lottery numbers, .
     
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    I was waitlisted for Fall 2017...wondering if I should try again for Creative Producing. =/
     
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    Hi, Patrick,

    thank you for this thread.

    I want to apply for the screenwriting program. Do you know should I upload video materials?

    Also can you please tell how do you like the screenwriting courses?

    Thank you.
     
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    You should totally try again. Why not? I would just look at your application materials and try to fix any weaknesses you might have in your application materials. If I remember correctly, the Producing application you can submit written or filmed materials. Maybe try to strengthen one of those?

    I do know some students who are strictly "screenwriting." One of them might be able to answer your question better. But, here's some thoughts.

    Columbia has a unique program in that all non-producing students are admitted as screenwriters/directors. Only in the second year do students choose which degree they want (screenwriting or directing) which largely affects the number of thesis films you can shoot, the number of scripts you can submit to the annual Columbia University Film Festival and your thesis advisor.

    If you are strictly interested in screenwriting, Columbia may not be for you.

    While I know many students who ultimately decided to focus on screenwriting over directing, I think most come to Columbia with at least an interest in directing, even if they change their minds later.

    A very long answer to a very short question later; I would perhaps submit visual materials if you are interested in directing, but submit stronger writing materials if your true interests are in writing. Although again, if you are def not interested in directing, I would look at other schools like AFI, USC, UCLA or schools with a conservatory model. Columbia def is sort of a "do everything" model. Even producers direct and write in their first year.

    As far as screenwriting goes, and I have written about this before, Columbia (in my opinion) is not the strongest "production" school. However, the screenwriting faculty is very strong. They function as a "workshop" model with ab out 12 students in each class and you are reading everyone's scripts, giving notes while you are writing your own material. The instructors are, for the most part, very good and very interesting people.

    I do think some of the adjunct faculty can be hit-or-miss, but you find that at every school. Currently, the full-time screenwriting faculty as Andy Bienen, Trey Ellis, Katherine Dieckmann and Jamal Joseph. Its a very strong group. All very talented and also, all very interesting people, which for me is a big plus.
     
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    Hi Patrick,
    I am preparing to apply for the MFA screenwriting/directing at Columbia University this weekend. Am very excited.
    Do you know of any scholarships for International students for this particular course?
     
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    The university offers a small scholarship for nearly all accepted students, but overall the scholarships for all of the students are really sparse.
     
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    Screw it, I'm reapplying. Good thing they let you reuse your recommendation letters and transcripts from the previous year application. =)
     
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    I applied last year and got an interview but was rejected. I'll apply again!
     
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    If I'm accepted, do you know of any no broker fee apartments in NYC/Brooklyn that are actually affordable for a college student living off loans? I know they're out there, but I find that not being local to the area I always look in the wrong places online.
     

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