Applying

Digital Filmmaking MFA Application Process

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

The Digital Filmmaking 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: We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017. We accept students on a rolling admissions basis (students are considered for admission on an individual basis as they apply).

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 Digital 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 Brenda Herring in the Graduate Office at 501-450-3124, bherring@uca.edu.

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

1. A statement of purpose (This should be a two to three page statement why you want to study Digital Filmmaking and what you hope to get out of the program)

2. A resume or vita

3. Two letters of recommendation

4. A portfolio of creative work: either visual—video, film work, or photographs (links or files preferred); or written—screenplays, stage plays, or fiction.

5. 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.

Digital submissions are preferred. Materials may be submitted by e-mail to bruceh@uca.edu or, if necessary, mailed to:

Digital Filmmaking MFA Application
Department of Mass Communication and Theatre
201 Donaghey Avenue, SRH 216
Conway, AR 72035

Graduate Assistantships:

The Digital Filmmaking 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 Digital Filmmaking program encourage International Students to apply. In addition to the departmental requirements, additional information is needed by the University to process international applications. Please vist the UCA International Admissions Page here to review the application process and requirements for students applying from outside the United States. Click on the Graduate Admission link on the page, to begin the application process.

International Graduate Admissions