The following 3 items should be submitted with the online application or may be sent via postal mail to Graduate Admissions:
(1) Statement of Purpose: Between 500 and 1,000 words, define why you have chosen to apply to this program and what you hope to achieve during your course of study. What does “storytelling” mean to you?
(3) Writing Sample (Assignment Theme Statement): In approximately 500 words, tell us which department assignment theme you chose and why you have chosen it. (See assignment section below for a list of themes.)
The submission to the Graduate Admissions SlideRoom account includes 6 parts for a maximum of 20 files:
- Important Note: To access the Graduate Admissions SlideRoom portal and find out more information, please click here. Still images are limited to 5MB each, and video is limited to 60MB each. SlideRoom will allow you to note title, date, medium, dimensions or running time and optional notes for each file. Acceptable file formats are listed within the software. All digital portfolio images and assignment files must be between 1500 and 2500 pixels in width or height at 72 dpi.
PARTS 1, 2, 3:
Upload a copy of your Statement of Purpose, Resume and Writing Sample (Assignment Theme Statement) from your online application. Submit each item as an individual PDF.
PART 4: Portfolio
The Portfolio will consist of a minimum of 10 files of current professional-quality work that best represents your visual storytelling skills. Single page PDFs can be submitted. For each piece created in a series, sequential or narrative form, submit a multi-page PDF or video file*.
PART 5: Visual Narrative Assignment
Create an original short story that showcases your abilities in visual storytelling as both an author and artist. “Visualize” in any medium, format or style, an original narrative utilizing one of three themes: THE ARMCHAIR TOURIST, CAUGHT RED-HANDED or LAST MAN STANDING.
- Requirements: Minimum of 3 / Maximum of 16 pages or 3 – 5 minute video or animation.* Original content ONLY – No previously created or published work will be accepted.
- Design & Format: The physical/visual format and content is up to you, but must consist of visuals combined with text and/or audio. (Examples: sequential narrative, interactive PDF, illustrated novel, narrative body of work, animated/animatic short. Submit the Assignment as one multi-page PDF or a single video file*.)
* Important Note: If video files surpass the SlideRoom file size limit, please use the provided Vimeo Form in SlideRoom to provide the link info.
PART 6: Creative Writing Assignment
- Create an original written short story or essay incorporating the same theme chosen for the visual narrative assignment, but tell a different and unique story.
- Length requirement is between 1,000–2,500 words. This piece should demonstrate the applicant’s creative writing talent and storytelling skills.
Optional Supplementary Materials:
Any additional samples of work should be shipped separately to the Graduate Admissions department on disk or thumb drive. Any other material outlining the applicant’s expertise in this discipline is encouraged but not required, including any or all of the following:
- Animation/audio/film not to exceed 10 minutes.
- Design portfolio/samples
- Published works of literature or professional writing samples.
- Any published works of visual narrative or sequential samples that the applicant has contributed to or created, along with a written statement describing the accompanying challenges and achievements.
Additional Skills: Applicants should have advanced working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and own one mobile smart device (tablet or smartphone).
Interviews: Personal interviews will be required during the final stages of the application review process.
Special Note About English Proficiency: If English is not your primary language, a TOEFL score of at least 100 (or IELTS of 8.0) is required. For more information, please click here.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Recommended deadline for Spring 2018 international applicants
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Admissions completion deadline for all Spring 2018 applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Application completion deadline for early action for Fall 2018; materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for early action.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Admissions completion deadline for all Fall 2018 incoming freshmen applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Deadline to submit Honors Program application (first-time freshmen only)
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Admissions completion deadline for all Fall 2018 incoming transfer applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Enrollment fee priority deadline for Fall 2018 (all payments received after May 1 will be processed as space remains available in those programs)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Recommended admissions completion deadline for international applicants requiring a student visa for the Fall 2018 semester
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Recommended deadline for Fall 2018 international applicants to complete enrollment process
Monday, October 1, 2018
Recommended deadline for Spring 2019 international applicants
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Admissions completion deadline for all Spring 2019 applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.