Applicants to the program are required to submit an essay related to their desire to study in an intercontinental program like the Global BFA in Film Art with Paris College of Art. You must complete a 300 - 500 word essay in addition to the Common Application and Application Supplement required by the office of Undergraduate Admission.  The essay may be uploaded within the Admission Portal after submitting your Undergraduate application.

Global BFA in Film Art Essay Topic

Please discuss the value of an arts education in a global context and how you feel that the Global BFA in Film Art will influence your future creative and professional work. Please share any experiences you have had connecting with other cultures either abroad or at home.

Creative Sample Requirements

Applicants to the Global BFA in Film Art major must submit a creative sample as a part of their application. Creative samples can be uploaded in the Application Portal after the application has been submitted and may include:

  • a film or video submission up to 5 minutes in length (up to 5 GBs per file)
  • a 5- to 10-page script or screenplay
  • an audio or sound clip
  • a portfolio of 10-15 examples of creative production in any other media: photography (digital or analog); drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.

To  upload your creative sample, you will need to submit your Common Application with Emerson Supplement or Emerson Application, and application fee payment.

Please note that the Global BFA in Film Art major is not available to transfer applicants at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Emerson College and Paris College of Art looking for from a creative sample?

We look at creative samples to see your current skills and to assess your potential. Your creative sample should showcase your creativity, feature meaningful content, and demonstrate your artistic sensibility and technical sophistication. Keep in mind, though, that your creative sample should also stand on its own. How you achieve these sometimes competing goals is ultimately up to you. For example, sometimes your artistic sensibility will require you to abandon complex craftsmanship. Do not be afraid to be brave or bold in your choices.

How much money should I spend in making the content for my creative sample?

We do not judge applicants based on their resources. We’ve accepted applicants who submit a film in which there is a single shot of someone talking to the camera, but also projects that included a cast of dozens.

If I choose to submit a film or video, what style do Emerson College and Paris College of Art want?

There is no formula for a sure-fire creative sample. It can be experimental, documentary, or narrative told through unusual techniques or style. We’ve seen everything from a documentary on colony collapse disorder to non-narrative animated shorts. It can be an anti-war video or film noir. It can use a 35mm camera, a camcorder, a cell phone, still photos, or a videogame’s 3-D graphics rendering engine. Anything goes.

Do you have practical advice on putting together the creative sample?

Take the time to do quality control. Review the whole submission in the Digital Portfolio. Is the compression rate right? Is sound distorted? Are images using the entire frame? You put a great deal of effort into making your submission look and sound good on your screen. Make sure it comes across well on our side.


Make your hook count. Make a good first impression by presenting your best work to your audience early on. After all, hundreds of people submit creative samples to Emerson College. Make yours stand out from the crowd.

Get someone with a critical eye to look over your work. Can you set up your narrative more efficiently? Are you better off submitting your best 90 seconds of content rather than stretching it out to five minutes? Do not waste time. Editing is about more than just stitching together shots, sounds, or scenes; it’s also about creating a cohesive piece. Show that you know how to make hard decisions about your work. You do not have to use the full time allotment, it would not be held against you.

If your work is not in English, please either subtitle it or provide a written translation with your creative sample.