Media Arts Audition Requirements


*These Audition Requirements are currently being revised for the 2017-2018 Admissions Season. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Media Arts majors explore their vision within three distinctive modes: as writers, filmmakers or animators. Media Arts applicants should be prepared to discuss their work, either writing, film, or animation, participate in a departmental interview, and discuss their experience in their medium of interest.

Media Arts Writing Requirements:

Submit a portfolio containing a selection of your work (typed). Please be prepared to talk about your creative work (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction) as well as what you read on your own for pleasure and intellectual or artistic stimulation. Note: Please submit copies only; materials will not be returned.

Read one of the listed short stories and please respond to one of the following questions in 300 words or less.


Eudora Welty: The Worn Path

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Birthmark

Edgar Allen Poe: The Cask of Amontillado


How does the main character/s change from the beginning to the end of the story?

What do you see as the central conflict in this story?

Which of the following elements are important to the telling of the story: dialogue, point of view, metaphor?

Media Arts Film Requirements:

A short video (on DVD) of five minutes or less, or a screen play with story boards (five to ten page script with one or more pages story boarded)

Two movie pitches: written ideas for future films that the prospective student would make (without financial restraints)

Watch scenes from one of the films listed below and write a typed essay (approximately 500 words) addressing the following:

First, list the aesthetic decisions: shot selections, camera angles, composition, color, editing and pacing, costuming, set, sound, and score.
Next, using these observations discuss the mood and tone of the selected film scenes. Especially, note how the director's aesthetic choices contribute to the general atmosphere of the small section of the film.


Media Arts faculty and students

Strangers On A Train, Hitchcock
DVD scene chapters #9-11

Three Colors: Blue, Kieslowski
DVD scene chapters #1-3

Aguirre, Wrath of God, Herzog
DVD scene chapters #22-24

The Last Temptation of Christ, Scorsese
DVD scene chapters #6-7

Do The Right Thing, Lee
DVD scene chapters #28-32

Rashomon, Kurosawa
DVD scene chapters #7-8

Media Arts Animation Requirements:

Media Arts Animation applicants must fulfill all three film requirements, as listed above. In addition, the applicant must bring a sketchbook and/or a series of illustrations and drawings that best represent the applicant's style and technique.

Printable Animation Requirements

Printable Film Requirements

Printable Writing Requirements