Prospective students must complete all Admissions Requirements as well as the portfolio requirements to be considered for admission.
The clearest evidence of talent is film or video-based work. You may supplement your films and/or videos with creative work in other fields, particularly visual material such as artwork, photography, drawings and design, especially if you believe it will help the faculty to understand the kind of filmmaker you are. Because of time constraints in reviewing large quantities of films and videos, we ask you to send only your best work. The suggested total run-time of (no matter how many pieces) is 10 minutes. Five minutes of quality material is better than 30 minutes of mediocre work. Please note, however, that we prefer to receive complete works rather than excerpts.
Submit the following written materials with both your online application and your online portfolio submissions.
Please use our online portfolio system  to upload your portfolio with digital files. The system allows you to create a corresponding inventory of work. List for each uploaded file the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. You may upload still images or video works. Sequence the works according to your priority in viewing.
Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. Please be advised that CalArts is not able to view your work until the final submission is made and your payment is received. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program. If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your portfolio, you may send an e-mail to email@example.com  for technical assistance.
Online portfolio submissions are preferred. If you wish to submit non-digital formats (e.g. 16mm or analog video) please follow these mailing instructions. If submitting your portfolio by mail, please include 3 copies of all your written material in the same package.
Include a completed Portfolio Information Form  with each mailed portfolio. Address your portfolio to the Office of Admissions at CalArts using the printable Portfolio Mailing Label . Do not send your portfolio directly to the School of Film/Video. Doing so will cause a delay in the review of your work.
The Office of Admissions will return your portfolio to you by mail only if you send a prepaid self-addressed package for return mailing. Be sure to complete and include any of the necessary forms required by your service provider. Prepaid mailing labels and packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx, FedEx Ground, and FedEx International are all acceptable. If necessary, your local post office will be able to provide you with an estimate for the return postage amount.
The Portfolio Room is equipped with the following viewing methods: 16mm film, VHS video (NTSC/U.S. and non-U.S. standards), DVD, Blu Ray, and Mini-DV. We discourage CD-ROMs because they often fail to play. If you choose to submit your portfolio as a CD-ROM, it must be formatted to play on a Macintosh system. If you submit a DVD, please send a back-up copy in an alternate format. A duplicate DVD is considered reasonable as back-up if no other format is available. Please cue tapes. All films should be head out.
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