US Freshman & Transfer Student Step by Step Admissions Guide

The Colorado Film School warmly welcomes aspiring filmmakers from all countries.
Imagine living and learning close to the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains at a college that gives you the skills you need to succeed. CCA is a state-sponsored community college offering the first two years of college and university education as well as vocational and technical programs. CCA is approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
CCA is conveniently located in Aurora, Colorado, a thriving community east of metropolitan Denver. The college’s campus is located 20 minutes from Denver International Airport and major Colorado attractions are just a short drive away. Colorado is home to some of the world’s best outdoor activities, including skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and hiking.

CCAAdmissions Application


Acquire a student identification number, commonly referred to as an “S” number, as provided by CCA (example: S01234567).


  • Complete the Community College of Aurora Admissions Application online. Staff is available in the CCA Enrollment Services and Lowry Student Services Offices to help you through the application. Don’t have time to finish the application today? Remember your login ID and go back to the site and click “Finish your Application” when you’re ready.
  • You must declare your degree as “Associate of General Studies” on the CCA Application. If accepted, we will initiate steps to update your declaration to the degree or certificate approved on your acceptance notification from the Colorado Film School.
  • The CCA Admissions Application may not list the fall term you wish to attend, because the Colorado Film School is requesting fall applications earlier than the main college. Please select the latest term available on the CCA Admissions Application and be sure to designate the correct term on the CFS Supplemental Application.

CCA Application


  • You will receive a confirmation immediately after completion of your online CCA application. The confirmation page will include your student identification number, or “S” number. You will need your “S” number during the completion of STEP THREE: the Colorado Film School Supplement.
  • You will receive an acceptance letter from the Community College of Aurora sent to your home address within two weeks following completion of your online application. Please note: you do NOT have to wait to receive this acceptance letter to proceed.

c. APPLY FOR COF (College Opportunity Fund)

  • COF will subsidize in-state tuition for Colorado Residents. You need to apply only one time from within the Admissions Application or on the COF website and if eligible, your subsidy will be applied to your tuition when you register.  Don’t forget to authorize the COF when you sign up for your classes each semester.

d. APPLY FOR WUE REDUCED TUITION (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

  • Students who are residents of the following states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition under the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.

WUE Required Documents:

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Application

NOTE: The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. If you feel you are eligible for WUE, please contact the Community College of Aurora Admissions Office to request an application:



Acquire the necessary academic credentials in PDF format. Have OFFICIAL Transcripts sent to CFS Admissions from all prior educational institutions.* These serve two purposes: to support the credentials listed on your CFS Supplement; to demonstrate that you meet college-readiness standards including being eligible to enter without condition ENG 121 (Composition I) and eligible to enter without condition MAT 120 (college level math).
Meeting college-ready standards may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Prior college credit from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Prior AA or AS or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Passing ACT/SAT/CCPT/TASC/HiSET/GED/Accuplacer scores;
  • Passing AP Exam scores in Math and/or English Language and Composition (not Literature);
  • CLEP;
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate.

Please Note: Completion and passing of ENG 121 (Freshman English Composition I) is a prerequisite for many film courses.

Please see an academic advisor to determine if your credentials meet our requirements.


Send OFFICIAL copies of all prior educational transcripts directly to CFS. Have unofficial PDF copies available for each of your academic credentials. These will need to be uploaded within your CFS Supplemental Application. Unofficial copies are acceptable for upload.

  • HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS: High school students with no prior college experience must submit Official Transcripts by mail. In progress transcripts are acceptable for admissions review purposes. To expedite the review of your application, upload a PDF copy of your unofficial high school transcripts. If you are applying for admission while you are still enrolled in high school, you will be required to submit an unofficial high school transcript showing all currently completed courses to be evaluated, then if accepted into the program, you will be required to submit an updated official transcript showing date of graduation.
    • *Students with 30 or more attempted college credits are not required to submit High School Transcripts.
  • COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: If you have prior college credit you are classified as a Transfer student. Submit OFFICIAL copies of all prior colleges attended by mail to CFS Admissions. To expedite the review of your application, also have unofficial copies in PDF to upload to your application.
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSEWORK: Submit OFFICIAL Exam Scores directly to CFS Admissions. Students who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses must upload a PDF copy of their unofficial CollegeBoard Exam/IB Certificate. Please note: CollegeBoard exam scores may be used to meet college-ready standards only if you have completed Advanced Placement courses and passed a CollegeBoard exam with a “3” or higher in: English Language and Composition, for the English requirement; or college level math, for the math requirement. Students who wish to use AP or IB college credit towards their degree must submit official copies of their exam/certificate documents by mail to CFS Admissions.
  • TESTING SCORES: Students who have taken ACT, SAT, CCPT, TASC, HiSET, GED, or Accuplacer tests in the last five years must upload unofficial PDF copies of these scores. Note: these scores may appear on some high school transcripts.

Send Official Documents to:

ATTN: CFS Admissions
9075 East Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230

If you are currently enrolled in a course that will serve as the only remaining means to meet our college-ready entry requirements, please call (303) 340-7321 for further instruction. We may require additional documentation before your application may be evaluated.

All new students are required to provide evidence of their starting levels in English, Reading, and Math. Students can provide ACT, SAT, or prior college transcripts for placement. If ACT, SAT, or transcripts are not available, students will take either the Accuplacer or LOEP Assessment at CCA. The free tests take from 1.5 to 3 hours.

Please Note: Because students can take the Assessment Test only twice in 3 years (first time free with admissions application; second time $5.00 per section), they are strongly encouraged to take the practice tests, use study guides available online, and attend free Pre-Assessment Workshops for review prior to testing. (Check with Enrollment Services for a list of dates and times).

Please click the button below to view full details of testing sites and hours at CCA.
CCA Testing Info

You may not have to take the assessment if you:

  • Have copies of the required ACT/SAT scores taken within the past 5 years with appropriate minimum scores.
  • Have documentation to show that you have earned an Associate of Arts or Science Degree or higher—or that you have taken previous English or Math courses with a grade of “C” or higher. (Either case must be from a Regionally Accredited Institution).

All students under age 20 must take the complete assessment test (Math, English & Reading), or provide appropriate ACT/SAT scores, or prior college transcripts.

If your assessment tests and program of study require you to take developmental classes, you should complete these courses within your first 30 hours of enrollment at the Colorado Community College institution or other regionally accredited institution of your choice. These courses provide the foundation for success in all your coursework at CCA.


Verify receipt of all applicable test scores and transcripts.

CFSSupplemental Application



Colorado Film School Supplement

Complete the application online.

Follow up with your recommenders – let them know that Colorado Film School will be emailing them a link to a questionnaire to complete with the option to upload a form letter.

You must demonstrate meeting all CFS admission standards. Click here to review.

Applications received by their posted deadline will receive a response by the turnaround notification date that correlates to the term in which you are applying.

General Information

This information must match the information you supplied with your application to the Community College of Aurora (CCA). You will need your CCA Student Identification Number (S#). Must start with capital “S” and be a total of 9 characters where the S is followed by 8 numerical digits. This is from your Community College of Aurora Admissions Application Confirmation.

Please make sure your email address is typed accurately as this is how we will contact you regarding your admissions application status once your application has been submitted.

Academic Intent

Please choose the term in which you intend to take film classes. Applications cannot be deferred to a future term.

Choose only one degree program and one emphasis for your application. Once admitted, you will have the opportunity to change your major, if necessary, while completing your core classes. If you choose to add another program, such as an additional certificate or emphasis, we can assist you in this process at registration.

Please be aware that students receiving financial aid are only eligible to receive financial aid for one degree program per school. Completing more than one degree or certificate may result in the financial aid student paying out of pocket for one or more semesters towards the end of their program.

Previous Education

All prior education entered in this supplement requires supporting documentation. Please be prepared to upload the correlating transcripts/scores for each.

Please ensure that all transcripts and scores are legible, have your name visible on the document, and that you type the name of each school as it appears on the correlating transcript.


We are interested in learning about your work experience, especially as it relates to the film industry. Please note: we do not require prior film industry experience.


These questions have no right or wrong answers.


Answer the essay prompt listed in the space provided within your application. This should be 200-400 words with a character limit of 2,000. Your essay must be written with proper English, spelling, and grammar that clearly answers the question.

Additional Information (optional)

This section gives you the option to explain any deficiencies as well as share your achievements and samples of your work. This is not required. Items in this section shall not waive any college-ready requirements.

Recommendations (2)

  • One Academic Letter of Recommendation
An academic letter of recommendation is requested to learn about your academic strengths, abilities, and college-readiness. Please note: If no academic reference can be reached, we will accept a professional work reference in their place; however, the admissions evaluation committee reserves the right to evaluate such substitutions with higher scrutiny. Your academic reference should not be a relative of yours except under very rare and necessary circumstances, with supporting documentation, under which will review higher scrutiny during evaluation.
  • One Personal Letter of Recommendation
A personal letter of recommendation is requested to learn about your personal strengths, character, and college-readiness. Please note: your personal reference must not be a relative. If it is determined that your reference is related to you, this is sufficient cause for rejection or dismissal.

Letters of Recommendation must be completed and submitted by the academic professional and non-relative. No copies will be accepted from the applicant.

Students will not be permitted to view submitted letters of recommendation after they are received.

Instructions for Students to Request Recommendations

Prior to submitting request, contact your academic reference and personal (non-relative) reference you are asking to complete recommendation forms.

  • Ask each person for their professional email address.
  • Use the fields within the application to enter their information.
  • When you submit your application, a request for letters of recommendation to the names entered above will be emailed and they will receive a link by email where they will answer questions relating to your academic achievements, coursework, and character.

Online Acknowledgements & Signature

Digitally sign and submit your CFS Supplement online.

The date in which the last of all required documents has been received is the date we consider your application complete. If your application and/or materials are received after the posted deadline for your intended term, your application will be considered late, which means there are no guarantees of a review, seating, or notification. Late applications are reviewed after the posted LATE deadline on a seats available basis.

All admission materials from STEP 1, STEP 2, and STEP 3 including letters of recommendation must be successfully completed and received before the committee will begin evaluation.

Applications received by their posted deadline will receive a response by the turnaround notification date that correlates to the term in which you are applying.


Ensure all required documentation has been received and English and Math requirements met.


  • Fall

    Priority: February 15  –  Notification: April 1

    Regular: July 1  –  Notification: Rolling

  • Spring

    Priority: October 15  –  Notification: November 1

    Regular: November 30  –  Notification: Rolling