by Emily Toffelmire, former admissions officer at University of Southern California
Admission to selective undergraduate film programs can be just as unpredictable as admission to selective academic programs—if not more so. That’s because most of these competitive majors base much of their decision on the portfolio that is required of applicants. Yes, your academic record does matter, but it’s the talent expressed in your portfolio that will separate you from the pack. Many high school students I talk to aren’t aware of just what a portfolio is, so let’s go over the basics of what these colleges expect you to include in your film application.