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  • MFA in Cinema-TV: Directing Admissions Requirements

    Priority Application Deadline*

    • Fall: August 5

    *Or until the cohort is full. To determine if space is available, please contact the Admissions Office at or 757.352.4243.

    Admissions Process

    Scroll down to review each portion of the application process, or use the links below to go directly to a specific step.

    Note: Your application to the graduate School of Communication & the Arts will be complete when you have submitted all of the above items.

    Step 1: Application

    Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

    Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

    Step 2: Application Fee

    Option 1: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

    Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Communication & the Arts on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!

    Step 3: Official Transcripts

    An official transcript from each institution you have attended is required. We are excited to offer you the service of requesting transcripts on your behalf using our Transcript Request Form.

    * Please be aware that there are certain institutions from which we cannot request transcripts, including international institutions. You will be notified if we are unable to request your transcript.

    Step 4: Recommendations

    Submit our online recommendation forms to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.

    Step 5: Writing Sample

    Your original essay should be at least 700 words (Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced). Be sure to justify your response with sound reasoning and references (MLA or APA stylebook preferred). Submit electronically to an admissions counselor at


    Identify two filmmakers you admire. Based on critical analysis of his/her work: discuss his/her genre of choice, and discuss his/her best film, in your opinion.
    Explore three types of films you would make at Regent; if the above informs that decision, explain how and why.

    Step 6: Demo Reel of Recent Work

    Those wishing to apply for the MFA in Cinema Television (Directing Concentration) must submit a demo reel of recent film work. The reel may be submitted either by DVD or by YouTube link. You can view the submission instructions here.

    Step 7: Personal Goals Statement

    Submit a Personal goals statement outlining how your goals align with Regent University and the program to which you are applying.

    Step 8: Current Resume

    Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments. Email to or fax to 757.352.4394.

    Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.