How will GPA affect my film school application?

andy001

Member
Hey all!
So I’m getting ready to send my first big apps this fall, and one possibly by this month. I have a 3.18 gpa, I’m wondering how this will affect my application. I have a pretty decent portfolio (wrote/directed/edited/ produced seven short films to date) will my gpa be detrimental to this?
 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
As long as your portfolio is strong you should be good. See Application Tracker and this doc for data on GPA and admissions:


For example using this data we can see the lowest reported Minimum GPA for USC Directing is 3.0. Lowest reported minimum GPA for UCLA - Screenwriting is 2.8.

Having a low GPA certainly doesn't help but it isn't necessarily a deal breaker as plenty of people have gotten accepted with a lower GPA score. (The application tracker is fully searchable and sortable by GPA and admission data) :)
 
Last edited:

andy001

Member
As long as your portfolio is strong you should be good. See Application Tracker and this doc for data on GPA and admissions:


For example using this data we can see the lowest reported Minimum GPA for USC Directing is 3.0. Lowest reported minimum GPA for UCLA - Screenwriting is 2.8.

Having a low GPA certainly doesn't help but it isn't necessarily a deal breaker as plenty of people have gotten accepted with a lower GPA score. (The application tracker is fully searchable and sortable by GPA and admission data) :)
There Will Be HOPE!! So awesome to see all of those, my confidence is back. Thanks Chris!!!
 

Kira

MFA TV Writer @UCLA
3.18 is totally fine. As long as you aren't horrifically failing... you are good!
 

Latest Applications

Latest reviews

  • Cal State Northridge (CSUN) - MFA in Screenwriting Program
    3.00 star(s)
    I was accepted to the CSUN MFA program in 2018 and took part in in for a full year; however, I recently decided not to go back and complete the...
    • Anonymous
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA)
    1.00 star(s)
    The school is a complete honeypot, department head Donald.W Moffett has limited film production experience and has not idea how to properly guide...
    • Anonymous
  • Emerson College
    3.00 star(s)
    Emerson opened a lot of doors for me, so I can't dismiss that fact. However, I don't think it was necessary for me to go to Emerson as opposed to...
    • Anonymous
  • NYU - Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (M.F.A.)
    5.00 star(s)
    Currently in my third year of my MFA at NYU Tisch Grad Film (writing/directing). I cannot praise this program enough! It exceeded any expectation...
    • Anonymous
  • National Film and Television School (NFTS)
    5.00 star(s)
    I'm currently in my first year of a 2 year MA at the NFTS. I saw these relatively negative reviews about the NFTS before I applied, but I can now...
    • VDW
Top