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The MPS Directing program is a New York City-based 1-year film program where our award-winning faculty will teach you how to create, write, direct, and produce your own film. All graduate applicants for the Fall 2017 semester are required to complete the online application form and submit the nonrefundable $80 application fee using credit card.

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Application Requirements


  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated into English and U.S. grading equivalencies
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or practicing professional. Letters should be written on school or company letterhead and returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal. (Note: SVA does not provide applicants with letter of recommendation forms.)
  • Statement of purpose (250-500 words) describing the applicant's reason for pursuing graduate study
  • Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency (required of applicants whose primary language is not English)
  • Nonimmigrant alien applicants are required to submit documentation of sufficient financial resources to attend SVA
  • Portfolio


Portfolio Requirements


All applicants must submit a sample of work, either visual or written. Visual work may consist of video, stills or mixed-media and should be submitted with an accompanying written description. Written work may consist of a short story, treatment, or screenplay. Work should follow a narrative structure and express the concepts of a central theme.

Online portfolio submission for the MPS Directing program must be submitted through SlideRoom. To access the portal and find out more information, please click here.

SlideRoom will allow you to create an inventory of works with the following information for each file: title, date, medium, dimensions or running time, and optional notes.

The portfolio requirements for SlideRoom are:

  • 20 still images in .jpg format, not to exceed 5mb each in file size
  • Videos uploaded as either .mov or mpeg4 files, not to exceed 60mb each in size, and total no more than 10 minutes (no matter how many videos are submitted)
  • SlideRoom also allows you to enter links from Vimeo, YouTube, or SoundCloud.

Application portfolios will be viewed on a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. Files should be sized approximately 1920 x 1080 pixels at a resolution of 72 dpi.


Personal interviews are available but not required. If you'd like to arrange an interview, please contact us.

Random Short

Taxi Cab Teranga
A short film by Sara Bailin, SVA MPS Directing Class of 2011. The last days in the life of a gentle Senegalese cab driver in New York City.