Motion Picture Arts Major: Portfolio Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit the materials listed to our DecisionDesk website

Required Materials

Submit both of the following:

  • Personal essay detailing your interest in filmmaking and what inspired you to apply to Interlochen. Tell us your story.
  • A list of experiences directly or indirectly related to film. If you have a background in other disciplines or arts, please explain why you consider these related experiences important to your interest in film.

Submit one of the following:

  • A sample screenplay or stage play of up to 10 pages
  • A sample film of up to 10 minutes
  • 10 photographs
  • 5-10 visual arts works (drawings, paintings, sculpture, digital imaging)
  • 2 samples of short fiction, critical/expository writing, or nonfiction narrative (max 10 pages)

How to submit your materials

Candidates are required to submit their portfolios digitally as a part of the application process. We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit when they can meet with the artistic director, tour DeRoy Center for Film Studies and observe classes in session. If you are ready to submit your portfolio at the time of your visit, please upload your work online prior to your visit. If a visit experience is not possible, portfolios must be submitted online in order for an admission decision to be made. Please do not send original works as they will not be returned to the applicant.