USC Film Production MFA 2022

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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This is a thread for those of you applying to USC Film Production MFA for entry in Fall 2022. Reply below if you are planning to apply to meet your fellow applicants.

Here are our current admissions statistics and acceptance data from our database for the program:

USC Cinematic Arts - Film and Television Production (MFA) Acceptance Rate
25%
Admitted
81  out of   330   Admitted
24%
Waitlisted
79  out of   330   Waitlisted
52%
Not Admitted
170  out of   330  Not Admitted


    When you apply please add your application to our database so we can improve our data.

    Deadline is November 15.


    Reply below if you are applying to chat with your fellow applicants. :)

    Good luck!
     
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    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Here are the current application material requirements pasted from their site as of today:

    In addition to the Graduate Application for Admission, all applicants are required to submit supplemental materials via the SlideRoom Application for the Graduate Film & Television Production M.F.A. Program. You must access the SlideRoom Application via the "Go to SlideRoom" link in the SlideRoom tab in the Program Materials quadrant of the Graduate Application for Admission. The SlideRoom Application should only be accessed via this button in order for your applications to be linked and successfully submitted. All materials must be submitted via the SlideRoom Application and any materials sent by mail or email will not be considered.

    1. Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
      The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement will be read by the admissions committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer. (1,000 words or less)
    2. Writing Sample (choose one) (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
      1. A description for a four-minute film that contains no dialogue. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The story has to be communicated visually. (No more than two pages).
      2. A dialogue scene between two people. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters in screenplay format. (No more than three pages).
      3. Describe a concept for a feature-length movie, fiction or documentary, which you would like to develop. (No more than two pages).
    3. Creative Portfolio List (Must be uploaded in PDF format only).
      The creative portfolio list is a written record of the applicant's creative materials. It should include a concise description of each project, the month and year the project was completed, the applicant's creative role and the purpose of the project. The material, which does not need to be film or television-related, should give an idea of the range and depth of the applicant's creative ability. Formal recognition such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions should be noted. The name of the institution or publication should be included when listing creative materials prepared for a class or publication. An example is below:
      1. July 2008, A Day in the Life, digital video, 12 minutes. Position: writer/director. A documentary on a homeless Iraq vet who has lived on the streets since his return from the military. Created for senior-year multimedia term project, San Raphael High School, Miami, Florida.
      2. March 2008, Doorways, a series of 5 black-and-white photographs. Position: photographer. "Second Prize Winner" in the Des Moines Sunday Journal photo contest.
      3. February 2007, Cellomorphosis, short story. Position: writer. A variation on the novella by Franz Kafka; published in Writing, vol. IV, 2007, at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.
    4. Collaboration Question (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
      Describe a project that you worked on with multiple collaborators that left you feeling proud and fulfilled. Discuss your role in the project and explain why this collaboration was successful. Then, describe another collaborative project that left you unsatisfied. Discuss your role in the project and explain why this collaboration frustrated you. Finally, summarize what you learned from each of these experiences and describe the lessons you learned that inspire your future collaborations. (No more than two pages.)
    5. Video Introduction
      Submit a 30-60 second video of yourself speaking directly to the camera, in a single take with no edits, introducing yourself and explaining what will make attending SCA a successful experience for you and others.
    6. Media Sample (Choose one) (Upload in Portfolio Section).
      1. Video Option: Create a narrative video that is no longer than five minutes in which you had a major creative role. The video can be live-action or animation, fiction or documentary, but it should reflect your aesthetic tastes and intellectual and emotional interests. You must specify what role(s) you played. Submit only one video. Multiple submissions will cause your application to be rejected.
      2. Photo Option: Prepare a series of eight photographs you have taken which, when viewed in a specific sequence, portray a unique and original character or which tell a simple narrative story. Also include a one-page narrative about the character being portrayed in the photos. The images may either be black-and-white or in color. Please upload the photos in order of sequence. The one-page narrative must be uploaded in PDF format only.
    7. Letters of Recommendation
      Three letters of recommendation in no particular format are required. At least one letter of recommendation must be an academic reference. Any letters of recommendation must be submitted via the SlideRoom Application. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation as well as confirming that they have been submitted by the deadline.
     

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
    Staff member
    Writing Sample (choose one) (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
    1. A description for a four-minute film that contains no dialogue. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The story has to be communicated visually. (No more than two pages).
    2. A dialogue scene between two people. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters in screenplay format. (No more than three pages).
    3. Describe a concept for a feature-length movie, fiction or documentary, which you would like to develop. (No more than two pages).
    Which on is everyone choosing?
     

    dibsfreenergy

    Member
    Supporter
    Hey guys, hope you all are doing well.
    I was wondering if USC had some lower limit to the age of applicants they admit every year.
    I'm a 21-year-old filmmaker with an engineering degree applying for the MFA program, do you feel I'm gonna have some issues or will I be considered the same as compared to other older applicants?
    Is there any data on class strengths and the median age of MFA students at USC?
     

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
    Staff member
    I don't believe there's an age limit. You can see this page for accepted ages:

     

    dibsfreenergy

    Member
    Supporter
    Hey, sort of a last-minute question: Do we have to follow a specific formatting guideline for the USC MFA in Film & TV Production program? I don't recall seeing any particular instruction anywhere on the website so my personal statement and other essays are all formatted without any convention
     

    Browncapital

    Well-Known Member
    Supporter
    Hey, sort of a last-minute question: Do we have to follow a specific formatting guideline for the USC MFA in Film & TV Production program? I don't recall seeing any particular instruction anywhere on the website so my personal statement and other essays are all formatted without any convention

    The concept as well I’m wondering.
     

    victormo220

    New Member
    Here are the current application material requirements pasted from their site as of today:

    In addition to the Graduate Application for Admission, all applicants are required to submit supplemental materials via the SlideRoom Application for the Graduate Film & Television Production M.F.A. Program. You must access the SlideRoom Application via the "Go to SlideRoom" link in the SlideRoom tab in the Program Materials quadrant of the Graduate Application for Admission. The SlideRoom Application should only be accessed via this button in order for your applications to be linked and successfully submitted. All materials must be submitted via the SlideRoom Application and any materials sent by mail or email will not be considered.

    1. Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
      The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement will be read by the admissions committee as a measure of creativity, self-awareness and vision. We are looking for a sense of you as a unique individual and how your distinctive experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or views of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. We want to know about the kind of stories you want to tell. Bear in mind that enthusiasm for watching films, descriptions of your favorite films and the involvement in the filmmaking process is common in most candidates. As a result, we encourage that you focus on your individuality. Note that there is no standard format or correct answer. (1,000 words or less)
    2. Writing Sample (choose one) (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
      1. A description for a four-minute film that contains no dialogue. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The story has to be communicated visually. (No more than two pages).
      2. A dialogue scene between two people. Provide a one-paragraph introduction describing the two characters in screenplay format. (No more than three pages).
      3. Describe a concept for a feature-length movie, fiction or documentary, which you would like to develop. (No more than two pages).
    3. Creative Portfolio List (Must be uploaded in PDF format only).
      The creative portfolio list is a written record of the applicant's creative materials. It should include a concise description of each project, the month and year the project was completed, the applicant's creative role and the purpose of the project. The material, which does not need to be film or television-related, should give an idea of the range and depth of the applicant's creative ability. Formal recognition such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions should be noted. The name of the institution or publication should be included when listing creative materials prepared for a class or publication. An example is below:
      1. July 2008, A Day in the Life, digital video, 12 minutes. Position: writer/director. A documentary on a homeless Iraq vet who has lived on the streets since his return from the military. Created for senior-year multimedia term project, San Raphael High School, Miami, Florida.
      2. March 2008, Doorways, a series of 5 black-and-white photographs. Position: photographer. "Second Prize Winner" in the Des Moines Sunday Journal photo contest.
      3. February 2007, Cellomorphosis, short story. Position: writer. A variation on the novella by Franz Kafka; published in Writing, vol. IV, 2007, at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.
    4. Collaboration Question (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
      Describe a project that you worked on with multiple collaborators that left you feeling proud and fulfilled. Discuss your role in the project and explain why this collaboration was successful. Then, describe another collaborative project that left you unsatisfied. Discuss your role in the project and explain why this collaboration frustrated you. Finally, summarize what you learned from each of these experiences and describe the lessons you learned that inspire your future collaborations. (No more than two pages.)
    5. Video Introduction
      Submit a 30-60 second video of yourself speaking directly to the camera, in a single take with no edits, introducing yourself and explaining what will make attending SCA a successful experience for you and others.
    6. Media Sample (Choose one) (Upload in Portfolio Section).
      1. Video Option: Create a narrative video that is no longer than five minutes in which you had a major creative role. The video can be live-action or animation, fiction or documentary, but it should reflect your aesthetic tastes and intellectual and emotional interests. You must specify what role(s) you played. Submit only one video. Multiple submissions will cause your application to be rejected.
      2. Photo Option: Prepare a series of eight photographs you have taken which, when viewed in a specific sequence, portray a unique and original character or which tell a simple narrative story. Also include a one-page narrative about the character being portrayed in the photos. The images may either be black-and-white or in color. Please upload the photos in order of sequence. The one-page narrative must be uploaded in PDF format only.
    7. Letters of Recommendation
      Three letters of recommendation in no particular format are required. At least one letter of recommendation must be an academic reference. Any letters of recommendation must be submitted via the SlideRoom Application. Applicants are responsible for requesting letters of recommendation as well as confirming that they have been submitted by the deadline.
    Hello. Just to be sure, we should not place a website link of access to the films we put on our creative portfolio list right? Thank you
     
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