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Spreadsheet with Top MFAs, including application materials, deadlines, etc.

Discussion in 'Graduate Film School Discussions' started by mistah_P, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. mistah_P

    mistah_P Member

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    Hey folks,
    So I've been on this site for about a month now reading up and gleaning some very useful info about all the film programs, which I will hopefully apply to at the end of this year. And I noticed one thing was missing for me and that is: a clear single-look document that so I could look at all the programs I was interested in side-by-side and compare them (and eventually track my progress).

    So I created a spread to do this for now with mostly MFA in Screenwriting and some MFA in Directing (my interests), since I figured it would probably be useful to everyone here. Plus I figured it'd be a good way to crowdsource some info which I wasn't able to find online with clarity.

    So without further ado, here is the link to the file: Film MFA Spread

    For the moment, I think until there's a solid 1.0 version I will keep this on "view only" although if you want to add programs to the spread feel free to DM me, and I'll invite you to edit.

    The programs I have covered:

    MFA Screenwriting
    AFI Conservatory
    UofT @ Austin
    USC
    UCLA
    UofT @ Austin: Michener Center
    Loyola Marymount University
    Champman University

    MFA in Directing
    UCLA
    UofT @ Austin
    Loyola Marymount University
    Champman University

    As y'all may notice there are no East Coast schools, and that's because I'm not planning on applying to any, but if someone wants to add them that'd be awesome.


    I hope you find it useful.
     
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  2. mistah_P

    mistah_P Member

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    Oh..
    Also I need a bit of help with some info:
    1. Whether some of the programs (UCLA, USC, Chapman) have internships and whether these are mandatory or optional.
    2. The class sizes of the MFA programs at AFI, UCLA, Loyala and Chapman
    3. The average age and GPAs of incoming students pretty much everywhere (This is the norm for lots of other Masters, but dont see anything on film MFAs
    4. Average GRE at Austin
    5. Some of the tuition stuff may be out of whack. I see sometimes vastly different estimates on different sites. I've tried to limit myself to primary sources.

    So if you have any info please DM me and I'll add it in. and if you have a source (like: I'm at the school now. Or a primary source website) it would be great.
     
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    Chris W Get Busy Living Staff Member

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    Frankie Bones Member

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    This is incredibly impressive! Just curious: how did you find the info regarding acceptance rates?
     
  5. mistah_P

    mistah_P Member

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    I did see it and it's great stuff. But I needed also more information as well as the ability to see things side by side ina single document. Plus I like the Sheets format as I can add info that will be useful.

    If you have any suggestions for improvement, I'm happy to hear them.
     
  6. mistah_P

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    Geez, I should have tracked all the sources as I was building it. But I took the info from primary sourcesas much as I could (the schools themselves, or Graduate school reports, so for example the Michener Acceptance rate is from the website of the program). Some comes from here, even if this is a bit outdated: MFA Film & TV Acceptance rates (So Peterson's, which is generally a pretty good source, though less good than the school's self-reporting).

    I noticed that sometimes the stats are for the entire graduate school (And not a specific program). In those cases I think it's safe to assume that Directing (And Cinematography) are more desired and competitive than other departments.

    Also in some places I found a variety of sources with wildly different stats from year to year, which is why I tried to keep it to primary sources where possible. Anyhow, some of it may be wrong, so if anyone has updates, feel free to let me know.
     
  7. Frankie Bones

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    thanks Mr. P
     

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