As frequent listeners to our program know, the best sources of scholarship money are the colleges themselves. But there is more money out there for students willing to put the time in to look. We’ll offer tips on doing those outside scholarship searches. We’ll also explore what’s involved in film studies majors and what colleges who offer them look for in good candidates. Finally, in Office Hours we’ve got advice for students getting started on the Common App activity list.
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.