Film MFA Application Process

Students must be accepted by both the Graduate School and Film Program. Meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the program.

The Film Program accepts a maximum of ten students per year on a rolling admissions basis (students are considered for admission on an individual basis as they apply).

Application Deadline:

The MFA Program application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is March 1st, 2018.

Graduate School Requirements:

The Graduate School requires the following (see the application form for more details):

1. Completed application (Online Application)

2. Application fee ($25)

3. Transcripts (2.7 minimum GPA required)

Note: Students applying to the Filmmaking Program do not need to take the GRE exam.

Submit these materials to:

Graduate School Office
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue, Library 328
Conway, Arkansas 72035-0001

For more information on the Graduate School requirements, contact Colleen Elliott in the Graduate Office at 501-450-3124,

Program Requirements:

In addition to the graduate school application, fee, and transcripts, students applying to the MFA program in Film must also submit the following:

  1. A statement of purpose that explains the student’s background, why the student wants to attend the Film program at UCA, what they hope to accomplish, and why they think they can be successful (2-3 pages)
  2. A current résumé or vita
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. A 2–3 page creative film scenario writing sample. Choose one of the following:
    • A 2 to 3 minute dialogue scene between two people, using proper script formatting.
    • A 2 to 3 page concept or treatment for a feature length narrative fiction film.
  5. Supplemental (highly recommended): A portfolio of creative work, either visual (video or film work, photographs) or written (screenplays, stage plays, or fiction)

Digital submissions are preferred.

Materials may be submitted by e-mail to or, if necessary, mailed to:

Film MFA Application
Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing
201 Donaghey Avenue, SRH 216
Conway, AR 72035

Graduate Assistantships:

The Film Program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available.  Students work 20 hours per week and earn approximately $9000 a year.  Assistantship opportunities include assisting with courses, working in the equipment check-out room, working on special projects for the department, social media, and working the front desk.  All applicants are encouraged to apply for an assistantship, and can do so here:

Application for Graduate Assistantship

International Students:

UCA and the Film program encourage International Students to apply. In addition to the departmental requirements, additional information is needed by the University to process international applications. Please visit the UCA International Admissions Page here to review the application process and requirements for students applying from outside the United States. For more information you can take a look at the International Graduate Admission website, or contact Ellen Lewis who is an International Admissions Counselor, by following the links below.

International Graduate Admissions

Ellen Lewis