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CFS Admissions

  • Fall Deadlines

    Priority: February 15  –  Notification: April 1

    Late: July 1  –  Notification: Rolling

  • Spring Deadlines

    Priority: October 15  –  Notification: November 1

    Late: November 30  –  Notification: Rolling

Admission to Colorado Film School requires that you first apply and gain admission to the Community College of Aurora. Follow the steps below for details on each application.
CFS classes cannot be taken a la carte. All Colorado Film School students begin by taking the same five classes known as the Film Core. As CFS students finish their Film Core, they begin to specialize in one area of emphasis, or Program.

Apply for admission to the Community College of Aurora

  • You must apply and be accepted to CCA before proceeding to the Colorado Film School application.
  • Select AGS as your program of study
  • Select the closest term to your intended start term
  • Save your Student ID number
  • International Students have additional requirements that must be completed in order to be considered for admission into CFS. Those can be viewed HERE.
  • Undocumented students are welcome to apply; more information is available HERE.

Assessment

  • You must demonstrate college-readiness in both Math and English through prior tests and/or coursework
  • Contact a Pathways Advisor to have your academic coursework and test scores assessed for college-readiness
  • Gather PDF copies of all college-readiness evidence

Apply for admission to Colorado Film School

  • Select your start term
  • Write 2 short essays
  • List previous education and upload all transcripts and test scores (PDF)
  • Work history
  • Prior scripts or links to reels / films (optional)
  • Contact info for two references
  • Follow up with CFS Admissions

See Criteria below for details

Application Deadlines – all required materials must be received
FRESHMEN & TRANSFERS

INTERNATIONAL
All international students are subject to the same admissions application deadlines above. Prior to applying for the Colorado Film School, they must work with the International Student Advisor at Community College of Aurora (CCA) to complete necessary paperwork, testing, and fee requirements and be admitted into CCA. Visit: CCAurora.edu/students/international-students.

*Priority Submissions
Submit by the priority deadline to receive full consideration and a guaranteed date of notification. Another benefit of applying early means you are able to meet with an advisor and plan your schedule in time for the opening of registration. Classes fill quickly. Once admitted, seats are first-come, first-served.

**Late Submissions
Applications submitted after the priority deadline are considered late submissions which will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis in the order that they were considered complete as time and space permits. Students should be prepared to re-apply for a later semester if no acceptance is given by one month prior to the beginning of the semester.

Number of seats available varies each term but typically the maximum accepted are 160 in Fall and 75 in Spring.

Notification about the status of your application will be sent by the dates above to the email address provided in your CFS Supplemental Application.
• If accepted into one of the CFS programs, applicants MUST confirm with the CFS Admissions Office their intention to attend the Colorado Film School by completing and submitting the requested forms. Submit by the listed date on their email acceptance letter or else they may forfeit their place and admission will be granted to a new applicant.
• Applicants who do not meet admissions criteria may still enroll in the Community College of Aurora. A student who was not accepted into the CFS program will be provided with a recommended progression of CCA general education courses, as determined by their academic standing. After passing the recommended courses as prescribed, the student may reapply for admission.

Acceptance into the Colorado Film School (CFS) is determined through evaluation by a committee of CFS Faculty and Administrative Staff using the following criteria:

A. Successful completion of the Community College of Aurora Admission Application

B. Successful completion of the Colorado Film School Supplemental Application

C. A written essay of 200-400 words composed with proper English, spelling, and grammar that clearly answers the question

D. Recommendation (2): One Academic; One Personal

These must be completed online. We will not accept letters outside of the application. Your recommenders must not be related to you.

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 rare and necessary circumstances, with supporting documentation, under which will receive higher scrutiny during evaluation.

A personal letter of recommendation is requested to learn about your personal strengths, character, and college-readiness. Please note: your personal reference cannot be a relative. If it is determined that your reference is related to you, this is sufficient cause for rejection or dismissal.

E. Snapshot questions

F. Academic Work

You must, at minimum, be considered college ready in order to qualify for admission into any Colorado Film School program of study. College ready is defined by meeting necessary testing or transfer requirements to be eligible to enter without condition English 121 AND Math 120.

I. Official Transcripts. High school students with no prior college experience or less than 30 attempted college credits must submit current official high school transcripts and/or High School Equivalency Diploma; students with any prior college experience must submit official transcripts from all prior colleges attended. Upload unofficial copies to your application to expedite the review of your application.

II. If applicable, cumulative GPA at most recent educational institution, evaluated in conjunction with the above components.

III. Submission of test scores taken within the last five years. All relevant scores and credentials must be reported on your CFS Supplemental Application. All reported scores and credentials must be verified with supporting documentation.

All new students must meet CCA Assessment Requirements which can be met in one of the following ways:

a. Evidence of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree or higher

b. Evidence of a C or higher in prior College Level English and Math courses (Please note that English courses taken outside the United States do not meet the Assessment or Transfer guidelines)

c. Qualifying ACT or SAT scores that are less than 5 years old:

ACT English 18+; Reading 17+; Math 19+

(During or before February 2016) SAT Verbal/Critical reading 430+; Math 460+

(On or after-March 2016) SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 470+; Math 500+

d. Qualifying Accuplacer scores that are less than 5 years old:

Elementary Algebra 60+; Sentence Skills 95+;

Reading Comprehension 80+

e. English speaking ability is also required. If English is not your native language,you may be required to take the LOEP exam

f. ACT, SAT and Accuplacer scores will be used to determine placement in both college-level and Academic Enrichment courses as appropriate. Please see the current class schedule for placement and prerequisite requirements.

g. CollegeBoard Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses may count for college credit. Please submit official scores from www.CollegeBoard.org for AP course credit and your IB Diploma to CFS Admissions.

NOTE: Other tests may be considered such as CCPT, TASC, GED, and HiSET as well as certain developmental education coursework. Contact an advisor for details: 303.340.7093

For lost or misplaced IB Diploma, visit Contact The IB for instructions to request a replacement.

All degree or certificate-seeking students must meet Assessment Requirements. All students seeking to register for a course with prerequisites must meet Assessment Requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status). All students under the age of 20 must meet Assessment Requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status).

Admission to the college does not assure acceptance of a student into a particular course or program. Some students may need to enroll in certain courses to compensate for scholastic deficiencies or to meet established prerequisites. The college reserves the right to review and revoke the enrollment of any person who appears to be unable to profit from further education, as well as of those persons whose enrollment would not be beneficial to them or to the college and in accordance with Board Policy BP 4-10. Students who enroll in an occupational program, who are veterans, who receive financial aid, or who are on F-1 or M-1 student visa status must declare their degree or certificate program at the time of registration. Any changes in the declared degree or certificate must be recorded with the Admissions, Registration and Records office, and if the student is a financial aid recipient, with the Financial Aid office. All students admitted into a Colorado Film School degree or certificate program who desire to change their declared program must go through the CFS department.

The Community College of Aurora does not require physical examinations as a condition for admission. Students who have a disability or who otherwise have special needs are encouraged to contact the Accessibility office located in the Learning Resource Center, CentreTech Campus, Student Centre Building, Room S202, 303-361-7395 (V/TDD). This office provides academic support and accommodations to students with documented disabilities at no cost.

• Community College of Aurora Student ID Number – found on your confirmation page after completing your CCA Admission Application.

• Know the semester you wish to be considered for admission. You may need to choose an alternate term for CCA’s online application (choose the closest available to your desired start term) but be sure to select your actual desired start term for the CFS Supplement online.

• Your education history including test scores and cumulative GPA.

Have evidence of meeting CFS’s English and Math proficiency requirements. Contact an advisor for assistance: 303.340.7093

• Your employment history including contact information.

• Be prepared to write an essay in 200-400 words.

• Have the name, title, and email address of a person from whom you want to request a letter of recommendation that is an academic professional and knows your work and character from an academic stand point. A professional reference may be used instead of academic if you have been out of school for several years.

• Have the name, title, and email address of a person from whom you want to request a letter of recommendation that knows you on a personal level who can attest to your character and values from a personal standpoint. This person may NOT be a relative.

• Have access to PDF copies of all your academic credentials, which will need to be uploaded within your CFS Supplemental Application.

• HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS: High school students with no prior college experience or less than 30 attempted college credits must submit OFFICIAL copies of their current High School Transcripts (in progress is OK). To expedite the review of your application, also upload a PDF copy of their unofficial high school transcripts to your CFS Supplement. Send official copies to:

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

• COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: Students with prior college experience must submit OFFICIAL copies of each prior college attended. To expedite the review of your application, also upload a PDF copy of their unofficial college transcripts of all prior colleges. Students with college credits from the Community College of Aurora, do NOT submit an official copy. Unofficial will suffice. Access your unofficial transcripts on MyCCA → Student (tab) → My Student Stuff (portal) → My Grades and Transcripts (drop-down) → Unofficial Transcripts. Print the transcript to PDF so you may upload with your application. Note: to apply college credits to their degree, students may request a Transfer Credit Evaluation after they have been admitted into the program and have registered in classes at which time they will be required to submit official transcripts to the CCA Credentials Evaluator. Send official copies to:

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

Or by email to: records@ccaurora.edu

• ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSEWORK: Students who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses must upload a PDF copy of their unofficial CollegeBoard Exam/IB Certificate.

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 also submit official copies of their exam/certificate documents by mail to:

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

• 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: some scores may appear on high school transcripts.

• Google Chrome web browser is recommended for completion of the CFS Supplement. Download Google Chrome here.

STEP 1: COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF AURORA (CCA) ADMISSIONS APPLICATION

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

a. APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO CCA.

  • 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

b. RETAIN YOUR S NUMBER FOR FURTHER STEPS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  • 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:

STEP 2: ASSESSMENT & DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES

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.

a. ACQUIRE ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

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.

b. FOLLOW UP WITH CFS ADMISSIONS.

Verify receipt of all applicable test scores and transcripts.

STEP 3: COLORADO FILM SCHOOL SUPPLEMENT

a. COMPLETE THE COLORADO FILM SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL 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.

Employment

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.

Snapshot

These questions have no right or wrong answers.

Essay

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.

b. FOLLOW UP WITH CFS ADMISSIONS 

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