The Division of Cinema & Media Studies provides an education in the cultural, historical, industrial and narrative dimensions of both new and traditional media. Cinema & Media Studies students study various media and the processes behind their creation, while they also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience of film, television and interactive media by taking hands-on production courses.
The faculty admissions committee favors applicants with academic records and personal statements that indicate strong writing skills, creativity and a diversified liberal arts and humanities background. The committee is also interested in experiences and activities that show a continuing or recent involvement in film and television studies, the arts or criticism. There are no admission interviews. The committee ensures that all applicants are judged equitably by limiting evaluation to the items listed.
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Cinematic Arts Personal Statement (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
The Cinematic Arts Personal Statement should be a carefully prepared explanation of the applicant’s interest in joining the Division of Cinema and Media Studies that focuses on the unique elements the applicant will bring to our community. It should present a clear and accurate picture of the applicant, outline objectives in the area of cinema and media studies, and explain how attending the School of Cinematic Arts is vital to the applicant’s long-term goals. (500 words or less)
Writing Sample (Must be uploaded in PDF format only)
The Writing Sample should be an analysis of some aspect of film, television, new media, or even a literary work. We are especially interested in writing that illustrates your capacity for critical thinking and scholarly analysis. It is permissible to submit work completed in your high school courses. (Typical page length is 4-6 pages.)