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Undergraduate Program Admissions

Learn about the School of Communication and Media’s application requirements and processes.

Applying as a new undergraduate?

Prospective students (either freshman or transfer students not currently accepted to Montclair State) interested in majoring in one of the academic programs in the School of Communication and Media (SCM) should take these steps:

  1. Contact University Admissions

    Contact the Undergraduate Admission Office for information about applications and general Montclair State University admission requirements. When you are ready, you can start your application: montclair.edu

  2. Submit Your Application

    Submit your application for general admission to Montclair State indicating that you would like to major in one of the School’s programs (review SCM academic programs). Once you select your intended major in the School, you will be prompted to also complete that program’s specific application requirements. In general, competitive applicants to the School’s programs possess a 3.0 GPA, have a rich record of extra-curricular activities, provide insightful responses to the essay questions and other prompts, and in the case of the filmmaking program, submit a quality portfolio.

Refer to the guidelines shown below for Essays and Supplemental Uploads prior to starting your University Application.

Changing your major?

Current Montclair State students wishing to change their major to one of the programs in the School of Communication and Media (SCM) must apply online as well. When you are ready, you can start your application.

We recommend that applicants carefully review their intended program of study (review SCM academic programs). In general, competitive applicants to the School’s programs possess a 3.0 GPA, have a rich record of extra-curricular activities, provide insightful responses to the essay questions and other prompts, and in the case of the filmmaking program, submit a quality portfolio.

Refer to the guidelines shown below for Essays and Supplemental Uploads prior to starting your Application.

Adding a minor?

Students from any major at the University may add a Communication Studies or Journalism minor. To add a minor in the School of Communication and Media (SCM), please first complete this data form and come to Morehead Hall, room 110 to sign the required paperwork.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR CURRENT SCM STUDENTS: Students majoring in any one of the academic programs in the SCM cannot add a Communication Studies minor. All SCM students (except Journalism majors or Sports Media & Journalism majors) may add a Journalism minor, provided the courses they complete are not overlapping with courses for their major.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will begin to be issued in early November and, thereafter, typically 3-4 weeks (but up to 6-8 weeks) after a completed application has been submitted. An applicant will be notified that he or she has been granted or denied admission or that the application has been added to the program’s waitlist. All admission decisions are final.


Application Essays and Supplemental Uploads for:

Communication and Media Arts (BA)

We recommend that you carefully review the curriculum of your program of interest before you complete this section of your application online.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss a communication issue that especially intrigues you, and explain why it intrigues you.
  2. In approximately 200 words, describe an experience you have had that relates to your intended major, clarifying the connection.
  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss at least one course description from the curriculum that you think would especially support your education objectives.

Uploads (optional)

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in your intended major.

Communication Studies (BA)

We recommend that you carefully review the curriculum of your program of interest before you complete this section of your application online.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss a communication issue that especially intrigues you, and explain why it intrigues you.
  1. In approximately 200 words, describe an experience you have had that relates to your intended major, clarifying the connection.
  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss at least one course description from the curriculum that you think would especially support your education objectives.

Uploads (optional)

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in your intended major.

Journalism (BA)

We recommend that you carefully review the curriculum of your program of interest before you complete this section of your application online.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, please explain a) why you want to major in journalism, and b) describe any relevant interests, experiences or creative media projects you’ve completed such as an article, video or social media campaign (share a link if possible).
  1. In approximately 200 words, tell us what roles you think the fields of journalism plays in American society? You may draw upon a newsworthy issue that made headlines in the media recently and which intrigued you or had an impact on you.
  1. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself that relates to your proposed major such as awards, school clubs or other activities outside of school that you’ve been involved in? (100 words or less.)

Uploads (optional)

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in your intended major.

Public Relations (BA)

We recommend that you carefully review the curriculum of your program of interest before you complete this section of your application online.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss a communication issue that especially intrigues you, and explain why it intrigues you.
  2. In approximately 200 words, describe an experience you have had that relates to your intended major, clarifying the connection.
  1. In approximately 200 words, identify and discuss at least one course description from the curriculum that you think would especially support your education objectives.

Uploads (optional)

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in your intended major.

Television and Digital Media (BA)

We recommend that you carefully review the curriculum of your program of interest before you complete this section of your application online.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, please explain a) why you want to major in television and digital media, and b) describe any relevant interests, experiences or creative media projects you’ve completed such as an article, video or social media campaign (share a link if possible).
  1. In approximately 200 words, tell us what roles you think the fields of television and digital media play in American society? You may draw upon a newsworthy issue that made headlines in the media recently and which intrigued you or had an impact on you.
  1. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself that relates to your proposed major such as awards, school clubs or other activities outside of school that you’ve been involved in? (100 words or less.)

Uploads (optional)

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in your intended major.

Filmmaking (BFA)

A portfolio submission is required for this program. The portfolio must be submitted online in SLATE. You will be able to upload portfolio items in your application now, as well as on your Status page after you submit your application.

Your portfolio will not be reviewed for admission until you upload all required pieces. Please note that your portfolio requirement will show as completed once you have uploaded one item, but that is not an indication that you have uploaded all of the required or optional pieces for your program. For this reason, we will ask you to verify when your portfolio upload is complete and ready for review.

Essays (required)

  1. In approximately 200 words, tell us about a creative project you completed or about an issue in communication and media that especially intrigues you.
  1. Biographical Statement

Provide a one-page biographical statement that describes who you are and your goals for studying Filmmaking at Montclair State (Review curriculum here: http://catalog.montclair.edu/programs/filmmaking-bfa/). Why do you want to study Filmmaking? What do you perceive to be the relationship between the art of filmmaking and the world? What kinds of stories do you want to tell?

  1. Answer the following questions with short, concise responses (no more than 50 characters per response):
    1. What are you known for? (i.e.; traits, actions or other)
    2. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
    3. List one favorite story from literature that has influenced your dreams.
    4. What is the most research or exploration you have ever done on a topic, and/or theme for yourself, or a paper, or for a film?
    5. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he/she say and why is she/he here?

Uploads

  1. Upload Creative Film(s) (required)

NOTE: Please do not submit footage from films that involve material that isn’t originally shot and owned by you.  We are more interested in narrative work. Please do not include recorded performances, news shows, talking heads, corporate how to videos, music videos or skateboard films unless they demonstrate creativity or beauty that you might associate with feature films.  We will only watch up to 10 minutes overall, so if you want to tell us where to start at a different part, please say that. You can submit one lengthier piece of work (total of up to 10 minutes in length) or if you prefer, you can submit up to two pieces of work in one edited file (total up to 10 minutes in length).

Students who have never shot film or video should note this and instead submit the following assignment: Using a camera or phone (any format is fine) make a portrait film about you without showing yourself on camera.  This edited film should be between 3-6 minutes in length.

  1. Additional Submissions (optional)

___Creative Writing Sample or Artwork – e.g. a fictional short story, film script, or documentary treatment (sample should not exceed 10 pages in length); or additional artwork such as drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture or installation-art in the form of digital images (JPEGs, PDFs or TIFF files).

___RESUME outlining relevant work, education and extra-curricular activities. Where applicable, include clubs, technology skills, internships, awards, as well as leadership and other experiences that may demonstrate your interest in filmmaking.


Questions about how to apply to the School of Communication & Media?

Contact Ms. Stephanie Wood
Location:
Morehead Hall, Room 103