Required Application Documents

The following supplemental application documents are needed to complete your applicant file. With the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, you will have the option to upload your supplemental documents through your Admissions Portal after you have submitted your initial application to UNCSA.


You can submit your unofficial transcripts through your Admissions Portal for initial review of your application. Should you be admitted to UNCSA, any schools you have attended will need to send official transcripts to confirm your final grades at those schools.

Transcripts should be submitted to the UNCSA Office of Admissions electronically whenever possible. If your institution does not have the capability to send your transcript electronically, please request that your official transcript be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Official Transcripts should be sealed, signed or notarized for all secondary school academic records, and should include a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application. Any transcript uploaded by the student through the Admissions Portal is considered unofficial.

Home Schooled Applicants
Home schooled applicants should provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency (if applicable), a transcript with course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, and any tests or assessments used to show that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school, an official transcript from that school should also be submitted.

Transfer Students
College transfer students that have earned a high school diploma at the time of application will need to submit their official high school transcript, including final grades and graduation date, in addition to their college transcript. Unofficial college transcripts will be accepted for initial review of your application. If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree, then a high school transcript does not need to be submitted.

Dual Enrollment Students
Students who have completed dual enrollment coursework should only need to submit their high school transcript at the time of application. If the dual enrollment courses are not included on the high school transcript, students should also submit a college transcript. Official transcripts from high school and college, with final grades and graduation dates, will be required should a student be accepted to UNCSA.

International Applicants
Transcripts MUST be translated to English with both a credential evaluation and a GPA equivalent from a certifying agency. Transcripts from each school attended must be sent to the certifying agency for evaluation and certification. Approved agencies can be found at or

A certified credential evaluation is required with your application, in order to be reviewed for admission.

Test Scores

Official test scores should be submitted electronically to UNCSA.

ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT scores with the following minimum requirements:

  • ACT: Minimum score of 22
  • SAT: Minimum score of 1060

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2022.

Students who do not submit an ACT or SAT test score must meet the minimum weighted GPA required for their undergraduate admissions.

Transfer Students
ACT and SAT scores are waived for college transfer students who are age 21 or older and/or have earned 24 or more academic credit hours at the time of application.

International Applicants
International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • ACT: Minimum English Writing Component of 21
  • SAT: Minimum score of 1060 combined for the new SAT
  • TOEFL: 79 internet-based, 550 paper-based, or 213 computer-based
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 100

Advanced Standing for Undergraduate Students through Placement Tests
Undergraduate students may qualify for advanced standing through placement tests. A student who participated in the Advanced Placement® (AP) Program of the College Board may have their record considered for advanced standing or credit or both in the college program when a score of three (3) or above has been achieved on an Advanced Placement exam.

College Level Examination Program® (CLEP) test scores in areas that correspond to courses in the UNCSA curriculum also may be presented for evaluation for possible credit. Credit for CLEP tests is available only to students with freshman or sophomore standing and is considered inappropriate for more advanced students. UNCSA will only consider credit for such tests that have been completed prior to the beginning of the junior year.

International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma students may have their records considered for advanced standing or credit in the college program with a minimum score of five (5) or higher on the official IB exam for each subject. Credit awarded will vary for higher-level or standard-level subjects.

Cambridge International Certificate® AS Level, A Level, or AICE Level examinations at scores of C or higher will be awarded course credit. UNCSA recognizes Cambridge qualifications for admission, as well as awards credit and advanced standing placement.

Letters of Recommendation

As a part of the application, UNCSA require applicants to submit contact information for two references. References will be sent a recommendation form and have the ability to upload an additional letter. UNCSA requires contact information for the following:

  • One letter from an arts instructor
  • One letter from an academic instructor

If you are not currently enrolled in school, a letter may come from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc

Application Agreement Statement

Undergraduate applicants should print, complete and upload a copy of the Application Agreement Statement only if they are under the age of 18 at the time they apply.

Artistic Influence Questions

Please answer the following questions and submit this document along with your application. Each answer should be a short paragraph.

  • Name three films from any genre or era; briefly describe each film and what affect it had upon you. 
  • Name the last three books you’ve read for pleasure or out of curiosity, and describe the emotion each book sparked in you. 
  • Name three pieces of non-film art (sculpture, painting, music, literature, or any other types of artwork) that have moved you and explain why.
  • Consider sharing how you intend to make work that will create an impact on others.
  • Discuss your goals as a filmmaker: is your creative work a vehicle of personal expression, social commentary, and/or commerce?

Artistic Statement

Your artistic statement should be a thoughtful reflection on how the cinema specifically, and art more broadly, has inspired you. Submit a two-page artistic statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. Include any additional remarks that will allow the committee to learn as much about you, your work, and aspirations as possible. 

  • Include your full name on the document
  • This document may be used if you are recommended for scholarship consideration.  

Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples by admitted students. 


Upload a two-page document:   

  • The first page should list your educational objectives, work experiences, and extra-curricular activities and/or community service;   
  • The second page should consist of an essay in which you describe how you have integrated your extra-curricular activities and/or community service into our world artistically as well as personally. 


Two aspects are required:

  • A "Personal Story Video": Record yourself telling a personal story, no longer than 2 minutes in length, about something that happened to you. The 2-minute constraint is designed to encourage concise, clear storytelling. The uploaded video presentation should be recorded simply, not rehearsed or read. There should not be any staging, editing, or special effects. Allow yourself to be the focus of the piece.

  • An original portfolio of your work. Read more about recommended elements to include in this portion of your application documents.

Video Essay

As part of your online admissions application, you will be given a question and access to a video essay page where you can record your answer online.

To record your video, you will need to use a computer with a webcam and a browser that supports media recording (Chrome and Firefox). 

The video essay page provides you with the ability to perform a test recording. This allows you to ensure that your webcams and microphones are working as desired prior to recording your actual video essay.

The duration of the video will not exceed three-minutes. You will be granted two attempts to complete the video essay.

Additional International Documents

In addition to the documents listed above, international applicants should also be prepared to submit the following documents to your Admissions Counselor only after you have received notification that you've been accepted to UNCSA: