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Film and Digital Media (Ph.D.)

The Film and Digital Media program offers a Doctoral degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

See the test score requirements for this program.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • A Curriculum Vitae/Résumé is required

  • A Writing Sample is required:

    • A writing sample of up to 10 pages is required. It need not be specific to the area of Film and Digital Media, but it should show your strengths at crafting an argument or explicating a question. Please include your name in the footer of each page of your writing sample.

  • A Creative Works Portfolio is optional:

    • A portfolio of creative work which complements your statement of purpose, if available. Submit your most exciting and relevant work. Student projects are of interest only if they illustrate points made in your Statement of Purpose.

      • Note the url in the text box. 

      • The portfolio may include one or more of the following: 

        • 10-15 still images maximum

        • 10 minutes of video maximum. Please do not submit a film demonstration ‘reel’ or montage of unrelated clips. A 10-minute excerpt from one completed film or video, or two 5 minute excerpts from one or two completed films/videos, will give the admissions committee a better idea of the nature of your work.

        • 2-3 links to interactive pieces maximum

      • Physical portfolios are accepted in addition to the online portfolio if there is sufficient reason, i.e. you are submitting a published book, a tactile interface, etc. Physical material should be send to the following address:

Graduate Program Coordinator, Film & Digital Media Department 
University of California

Communications Building, Room 101

1156 High Street 

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

  • A Statement of Purpose is required:

    • ​Please describe your proposed studies in the Film and Digital Media Ph.D. program. We wish to know why you think this is the most appropriate degree program for you, and how the program will support or extend your future research and practice. Please describe in detail the specific doctoral research project you propose to pursue in the Film and Digital Media Ph.D. program. The recommended length is a concise 2-4 pages, double spaced and in 12 pt. font.

  • A Personal History Statement is required:

    • This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. 

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. The recommended length is a concise 1-3 pages, double spaced and in 12 pt. font. 


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