Graduate Filmmaking Admissions

The UNCSA School of Filmmaking offers Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in Creative Producing and Screenwriting. An interview with the arts faculty is required for admission. Applicants schedule an interview after a completed application, all required application documents, and a portfolio have been submitted.

Admission to the UNCSA School of Filmmaking is based on the application, required documents, video essay, personal interview, portfolio and academic merits.

Application Deadlines and Interview Dates

Current application information: The application is currently open on a rolling basis for the School of Filmmaking graduate programs. Moving forward, applicants who successfully complete the requirements listed below will be reviewed for admission until the program is no longer able to consider additional applicants.

To be reviewed for admission, the following criteria must be met:

  • A completed application is submitted
  • Application fee is paid
  • Required Application Documents(opens in new tab) are uploaded (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.)

Applicants who complete an application will be emailed by Admissions with instructions for scheduling an interview.

Virtual Interview Interview Dates
Applicants are emailed instructions on how to schedule a virtual interview after a completed application, application fee, portfolio and all required materials have been submitted.

Friday, January 19, 2024
Friday, January 26, 2024
Friday, February 2, 2024
Friday, February 9, 2024
Friday, February 16, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024
Friday, March 22, 2024
Friday, March 29, 2024

Previous deadlines:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (11:59 p.m.)

Admissions Criteria


Applicants to the graduate Filmmaking programs are required to have completed a bachelor's degree or be scheduled for completion of a bachelor's degree prior to the upcoming fall semester.


Minimum college GPA of 3.0

Test Scores

GRE Scores (Optional)
The GRE is not required for admission, but scores will be considered. If you choose to submit scores, please have official scores sent to the Office of Admissions.

International Applicants
International applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 100

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

1. Complete the online application.

2. Pay your Application Fee: $95 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $130 for international applicants or non-resident aliens. Application fees are non-refundable.

Payment Options

  • Online: Follow payment instructions at the end of the application or on your Admissions Portal.

  • Check or Money Order (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and full legible name of applicant to the Office of Admissions.

  • International Applicants: Use Flywire to pay your application fee online through an international bank or pay by check or money order through a U.S. bank as listed above.

3. Upload all Required Application Documents prior to your listed application deadline.

Please note: If you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Design & Production, Filmmaking and Music) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.