- Passport holders of countries other than Iran (Mother and Father).
- Documents that show residency or citizenship of countries other than Iran (student).
- Having lived in countries other than Iran (the Family and the student).
- Foreign nationals who are currently residing in Iran or have been invited by the Iranian government to live here.
- Families who will be residing in Iran temporarily and may need to travel intermittently for business or investment purposes.
- Families who are in the process of immigration and will immigrate before the end of the year (one year temporary registration)
Requirements for Application for M.F.A. in Cinema Arts
Applications to the M.F.A. in Cinema Arts Program will be considered based on demonstrated evidence of the following:
- An undergraduate record of achievement
- An abiding commitment to the art of cinema
- A clear intention to pursue a career in the moving image arts
- A strong interest in current intellectual and cultural issues
- A commitment to undertake three years of full-time graduate study
Students are accepted into only one filmmaking specialization: producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, digital animation & visual effects, or post-production. Although classes are required across the different specializations, you will not be able to transfer into another specialization once you have been accepted. You may, however, apply to up to two specializations, indicating your first-choice specialization. Students are admitted on a full-time basis only and are required to complete a total of 66 credits over three years for the directing, screenwriting, cinematography, post-production, or digital animation & visual effects tracks and 52 credits, over two years, for the producing specialization.
The Office of Graduate Admissions manages applications to the M.F.A. in Cinema Arts. Only complete applications are forwarded to the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
Apply online. Supporting documents, such as official transcripts and essays, must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Submit transcripts from all universities and colleges attended.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
International transcripts must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Evaluations must include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can assess your potential for graduate study. Register your recommenders in the online application system so that they can submit their letters electronically.
Statement of Purpose
Write a three- to four-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in cinema arts. This is your opportunity to articulate your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to pursuing an M.F.A. in cinema arts. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.
Submit a copy of your résumé or CV, including your education to date, employment and other relevant information.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A TOEFL score report is required from applicants whose first language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a four-year U.S. undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. We only accept TOEFL scores sent to us directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS). Our ETS Institution code is 2046. The minimum IBT score required for consideration is 100. We also accept the IELTS exam with score of 7.0 or higher.
You must prepare and submit a portfolio of creative work via the online application system, Slideroom. Please note that, upon submitting your creative portfolio, Slideroom will charge a small fee for applicants to use this service. (You may pay this fee with a credit or debit card.)
Portfolio submission materials will not be returned to applicants. We recommend submitting copies only.
Portfolio Requirements by Filmmaking Specializations
Note that each of the specializations has separate requirements.
1. Submit a short film that you have personally shot, not to exceed 15 minutes, or
2. Submit clips from work that you personally have shot, not to exceed a total running time of 10 minutes, or
3. A portfolio of up to 20 photographs that you have taken.
1. Submit a short film that you have personally directed, not to exceed 15 minutes, or
2. In 10 pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font), write an original treatment for a feature film that you would like to direct, including one page explaining why.
1. Submit a short film that you have personally edited, not to exceed 15 minutes, or
2. Submit clips from work that you have personally edited, not to exceed a total running time of 10 minutes.
1. Choose a feature film that you admire and explain in five pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font) what specifically impressed you about the film in terms of content and production, or
2. In 10 pages or less (double-spaced, 12-point font), write an original treatment for a feature film that you would like to produce, including one page explaining why.
1. Submit a short script (correctly formatted) that you have individually written, not to exceed 10 pages in length; and
2. Submit two one-page (double-spaced 12-point font) synopses for feature film scripts that you intend to write in the future.
Digital Animation & Visual Effects
1. Submit a reel of short films and/or animated work that you have personally created, or collaborated on, not to exceed 15 minutes (Note: You must specify your role on each film submitted.), or
2. Submit a portfolio of up to 20 images that you have created — paintings, sculptures, illustrations or digital, or
3. Submit a screenplay of a short animated film that you would like to create.
Submit a creative portfolio of 2-3 completed works containing scores, sound recordings, video files with soundtracks, documentation of works and performances, and artist's notes on each work. The portfolio must be uploaded through Slideroom.
Submit a creative portfolio of 2-3 completed works containing sound recordings, scores, documentation of works and performances, and artist's notes on each work. The portfolio must be uploaded through Slideroom.
Instructions for Uploading Portfolio to Slideroom
Once you have registered to start a portfolio via Slideroom, you may step away and come back at any time, until the final deadline. Please ensure that you save your progress after each visit, and do not click to submit until you are certain that you have uploaded the required components. Once you click submit, you may no longer edit your portfolio. Once you submit your portfolio, Slideroom will send you an e-mail to confirm receipt of your materials.
The submission of video can contain one or more selections, as long as the total running time does not exceed 30 minutes. You may upload up to 10 minutes of video onto the media page within Slideroom. If the total running time of your video sample exceeds 10 minutes, a link to your work must be provided on the media page. Please test your video prior to submission. If you are submitting a link, be sure that no downloads or passwords are required. For technical assistance, please e-mail Slideroom.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Each specialization is capped at 14 students, except for screenwriting.