Required Application Documents
The following supplemental documents are needed to complete an applicant's file. With the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, applicants upload the following documents to their Admissions Portal after submitting the initial application to UNCSA.
Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts into their Admissions Portal for initial review. If admitted to UNCSA, official transcripts must be sent to UNCSA directly from each attended institution so that UNCSA can confirm the final grades at each school.
Transcripts should be submitted to the UNCSA Office of Admissions electronically whenever possible. If an institution does not have the capability to send a transcript electronically, the official transcript can 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.
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.
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 www.naces.org or www.aice-eval.org.
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 2023.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired program may submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores in order to meet Admissions Criteria.
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 should submit official ACT, SAT, 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
- ACT: English Language Arts (ELA) section: 21
- SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) section: 540
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
UNCSA requires applicants to submit contact information for two references. UNCSA will send the references a recommendation form and the ability to upload a recommendation letter. UNCSA requires contact information for the following:
- One letter from an arts instructor
- One letter from an academic instructor
If 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.
An 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 full name on the document
- This document may be used if recommended for scholarship consideration.
Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples by admitted students.
Artistic Influence Questions
Please answer the following questions and submit this document with the Artistic Statement. 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?
Upload a two-page document:
- The first page should list educational objectives, work experiences, and extra-curricular activities and/or community service;
- The second page should consist of an essay describing how you have integrated your extra-curricular activities and/or community service into our world artistically as well as personally.
- 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. Please label this video “Personal Story Video”.
- Original work
Additional International Documents
In addition to the documents listed above, international applicants should be prepared to submit the following documents to an Admissions Counselor only if notification of being accepted to UNCSA has been received: