Your submission must include items I–IV (V is optional):

I. Degree Audit

Submit a complete copy of your current myKnight Audit. This must reflect grades for all completed courses as well as overall UCF GPA. Login to myUCF. 

II. Essay I (500 words maximum)

Describe a project that you would like to make (direct/write/etc.) in the BFA program. Good responses should consider the budget and resources of a self-financed student film. Explain why any particular genre/style/approach is important to you as a filmmaker/artist. You are encouraged to discuss important films and directors as influences to support your explanation. What influences outside film and television (literature, art, music, theatre, humanities, social sciences, etc.) have inspired you and why?

III. Essay II (250 words maximum)

Filmmaking often requires collaboration and teamwork. Please list activities that may not be reflected in your creative pages. Describe how these activities exemplify your ability to work with others, contribute to a team or accept criticism. UCF values good citizenship and community partnerships. Describe any activities that illustrate how you interact with or explore the local community or beyond.

IV. Creative Pages (10 pages maximum)

The goal of the sophomore portfolio is to create original works that exemplify the artistry, foundational knowledge, theoretical underpinnings and production skills that you have obtained in UCF’s film program during your first two years of study. You may submit class assignments, but we are also looking for work you have done outside of class that synthesizes what you have learned.

Provide samples of any creative work that is relevant to the art or process of filmmaking. Be cautious about including work that is not clearly related to film or obviously “cinematic.” For instance, it may be difficult to evaluate your potential as a filmmaker if you submit poetry without giving it a context within film. The following items are examples of the kinds of work that can be included (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Writing (entire works or excerpts): e.g. screenplay, stage play, short story etc.
  • Photographs and imagery: e.g. film stills, previsualization, visual studies, storyboards, production design, etc.

V. Optional Film/Video (3 minutes maximum)

The optional Film/Video Submission must be 3 minutes or less in total running time (including credits). Make it clear what role(s) you filled in the making of the project (e.g. director, cinematographer, editor, screenwriter, etc.). Use the following template as an example for naming your media files: “YOUR-NAME_TITLE_YOUR-ROLE.mp4”. Do not use spaces or symbols, and use only letters, numbers, hyphens and underscores. Carefully follow all file specifications listed on the Acceptd website.

Portfolio Tips

  • Keep your portfolio short and strong. A concise portfolio of your best work is most effective.
  • Keep your video or sound projects short and strong. Less is always more.
  • If you submit a film/video project, make clear your role on the project, especially if there are joint credits given to more than one person.

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