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Admissions requirements

For applicants to the MFA in Cinematic Arts

Step 1: Complete Concordia's admissions application

For new applicants

All new applicants must apply online at the Graduate Admissions Application Centre before submitting a portfolio.

Step 2: Prepare your documents

Attach the following documents to the your Concordia Admissions application. Please note that documents can also be uploaded after an application has been submitted. 

  • Your application must include a transcript from each university-level institution(s) previously attended
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words max)
  • CV/Resume and Filmography
  • Three letters of reference:
    You will be asked to provide current email addresses for three referees. Concordia will email a unique link directly to your referees. They will be prompted to complete the assessment form online and upload a letter of reference. Your referees will have access to the link for 14 days. Reference letters must be received no later than February 1
  • All other required documents

Please save your documents as a word doc or PDF. Some of the same documents are required when you submit your portfolio.

Step 3: Curate your portfolio

 The portfolio aspect of your application must be submitted via SlideRoom (Step 4). This is a separate step to the general application. Portfolio items may be in any supported audio/video format. The H.264 compression profile is recommended. Maximum video size of 500MB, or linked to Slideroom from Youtube or Vimeo.

Live Action Filmmakers: Submit 1-10 moving image items with a combined run-time of 30 minutes.

In addition to moving image, film, and other creative work, all applicants must submit a research creation thesis proposal.  

Animation Filmmakers: Submit 1-5 animated films and up to 10 examples of other creative work if they are representative of an existing cinematic practice (e.g., motion graphics, comics/graphic novels, illustration, painting/drawing/sculpture/printmaking/photography/fibre arts, installation work, graphic arts, design, etc).

In addition to moving image, film, and other creative work, all applicants must submit a research creation thesis proposal.

Research Creation Thesis Proposal: 5-page thesis proposal, outlining how you plan to integrate theoretical and practical elements in your cinematic arts practice. Suggested elements to include:

  • Working Title & Abstract - Define and summarize your research creation proposal.
  • Preliminary Research - A draft of your preliminary research may include a literature review and a summary of your research topic.
  • Methodology - Explain your approach to the research-creation process. Explain your methodology for information gathering, as well as your creative practice.
  • Significance - Indicate the purpose of the work you hope to accomplish. Where does it fit into the cinematic arts landscape? What contribution will it make to the community at large?
  • Production Timeline & Budget - A draft of your project timeline during the two-year program, and a table outlining all expenses necessary.
  • Bibliography - Be sure to include all relevant artistic influences, which may include: films, art installations, performances, and other materials. Include all references to publications, articles, websites, and other sources.


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