Stanford University is committed to building a diverse student population. To that end, we encourage applications from students of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.
The program is intensive and requires residency for two consecutive years. The admissions committee seeks applicants who are highly motivated, have some work experience beyond their undergraduate years, and can articulate why they want to learn documentary film and video production. The committee looks for evidence of the likelihood of success in an academically demanding program that emphasizes creative work. The conceptual and technical skills required for documentary work are sufficiently different from fictional narrative to make the Stanford program inappropriate for students interested in narrative filmmaking.
University Application Materials
The application for admission as well as general information about applying is available from the Graduate Admissions website, please visit to Graduate Admissions to apply. Prior to applying you must first determine if you are eligible - application eligibility (undergraduate degree requirements).
Prospective students may begin to apply late September (please verify this date on the Graduate Admissions website). The following documents are required by the university and can not be waived, please click on the links for more detailed information about each:
GRE scores (required for ALL applicants - scores expire after five years)
Statement of Purpose - Important: You must indicate in the first sentence of your SOP the name of the program to which you are applying and the area you wish to study.
TOEFL scores (required when first language is not English, IELTS not accepted)
* Please note - application materials will not be returned nor released to another institution, please keep a copy for your own record.*
- All materials required to be submitted electronically must be uploaded by 9pm Pacific Time on the application deadline date.
- Please allow extra time to upload your portfolio materials to SlideRoom, in case of any technical difficulties (late applications will not be accepted).