The Film and Media Art (MFA) program has the following application deadlines for Fall 2020:

  • Priority decision: Feb. 1

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Admission Requirements

U.S. Applicants

All applicants are required to submit the following credentials. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

For application review, unofficial transcripts will suffice and can be uploaded directly to your application prior to submission. Official, signed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent to Emerson College prior to matriculation. If the transcript is for less than 8 credits, we don't require it to be sent. ​Degrees completed outside the U.S. will require an evaluation (please see the International Applicants tab for more information).​

Send official, signed transcripts to the following address prior to matriculation:
Emerson College Graduate Admission Processing Center
PO Box 870
Randolph, MA 02368-0870

If you are using a mailing or shipping service that does not allow for delivery to a PO Box, you may use our alternate application mailing address of Emerson College Graduate Admission, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.


Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.


Essays

There are two* required essays for this program. Essays can be submitted online with your application. The prompts for the Fall 2020 application are:

1. Describe your short- and long- term artistic and professional goals as a media artist and/or filmmaker. How do you think an MFA from Emerson could help you achieve these goals? What might you want to pursue as a media project at Emerson, and why?

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 

2. Imagine you are a critic and have to write a review of the creative portfolio you submitted as part of your application. Discuss your inspirations and influences, your creative process and artistic goals, as well as the strengths and shortcomings of your work.

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 

*If you are applying for advanced standing, you will submit a third essay. Please see the prompt below: 

Please upload a short essay detailing your qualifications and work/educational experience in film and/or media production.

Essay length: 1 page, double-spaced (250 words) 


Required Portfolio

A portfolio of work is required. When you are ready to submit your portfolio, please log into your application portal and follow the upload instructions and prompts. You may upload links to digital pieces or PDFs of written samples in the work space provided. Please review the "Portfolio" page for specific guidelines. Learn more


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.

International Applicants

Below are the credentials and additional steps required by international applicants. The GRE/GMAT is not required for this program.

Transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be sent to a evaluation agency. Your evaluation should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency. On a case-by-case basis, some applications can be reviewed prior to receipt of the official evaluation. 

Please contact one of the credential evaluating agencies listed below to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials." Requests for evaluation are usually honored within 20 working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admission at Emerson College. You must provide the agency of your choice with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations.

Be sure to check with credential evaluating agency to confirm what documents are needed to complete the evaluation.


English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

Successful applicants typically have scores within the following ranges:

TOEFL:       95-115
IELTS        6.5-7.5  
Duolingo:   65-85%
Pearson  65-80

Scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may require additional submissions to demonstrate English proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency is not required of students:

  • Whose native language is English
    • Note: Supporting documents may be required for approval of English proficiency test waiver
  • Who have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English or the institution is in a country where English is the native language (the U.S. and its territories, the United Kingdom and its territories, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada).

Emerson College TOEFL Code: 3367


Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals. The preferred method of submission is directly through the application site, as it ensures the most efficient processing of your application. Electronic submissions coming directly from the applicant will not be accepted.


Essays

There are two* required essays for this program. Essays can be submitted online with your application. The prompts for the Fall 2020 application are:

1. Describe your short- and long- term artistic and professional goals as a media artist and/or filmmaker. How do you think an MFA from Emerson could help you achieve these goals? What might you want to pursue as a media project at Emerson, and why?

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 

2. Imagine you are a critic and have to write a review of the creative portfolio you submitted as part of your application. Discuss your inspirations and influences, your creative process and artistic goals, as well as the strengths and shortcomings of your work.

Essay length: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words) 

*If you are applying for advanced standing, you will submit a third essay. Please see the prompt below: 

Please upload a short essay detailing your qualifications and work/educational experience in film and/or media production.

Essay length: 1 page, double-spaced (250 words) 


Required Portfolio

A portfolio of work is required. When you are ready to submit your portfolio, please log into your application portal and follow the upload instructions and prompts. You may upload links to digital pieces or PDFs of written samples in the work space provided. Please review the "Portfolio" page for specific guidelines. Learn more


Professional Résumé

Include your professional and educational history.


I-20

The Film and Media Art program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the program. 


SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 visas to pay a one-time fee of US$200 before applying for a visa. More details about paying this fee can be found at U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.


Getting a Social Security Number (Once You Reach the U.S.)

Please note that it is not necessary to have a social security number for admission or for obtaining a visa. Please visit the U.S. Government Social Security website.


Extended Orientation: Exploration of American Culture and Academics

International students enrolling in our Film & Media Art MFA program for the Fall 2020 semester will attend our Extended Orientation program.

The purpose of this orientation is to help you become familiar with the Boston area and allow you to gradually immerse yourself in a brand-new culture before your first full semester starts. The program will also set you up for success in your graduate-level coursework by focusing on language skills and vocabulary unique to the Film and Media Art MFA program, and structural standards and expectations for the written and oral assignments you will be asked to complete as an MFA student. Learn more about Extended Orientation