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The Colorado Film School is glad to help you with your educational goals. To ensure a smooth registration process, please follow the steps below.

All applicants regardless of degree start by applying for admission to the Community College of Aurora.


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 English 121 AND Math 120.

Note: It is expected that all film students will complete or transfer ENG 121 by the end of their first semester. Students seeking an Associate’s Degree are also expected to complete or transfer MAT 120 or higher within their first two semesters. Completion of these courses are pre-requisites to the rest of the program courses.


Now accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2016.


Deadlines & Notification


To apply for admission into the Colorado Film School, you must complete ALL steps outlined below for your program. The first three steps must be completed by the posted deadline. Please see below for your program.


An application is considered complete when all application materials including all required supporting documentation completed in their entirety has been received by CFS Admissions. It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure receipt of all required documents. Please keep in mind that any scores or institutions listed on your supplement must be verified with supporting documentation.


Application Deadlines - all required materials must be received.




Spring: October 15

Notification: November 1

*Late submission deadline: November 30


Fall: February 15

Notification: April 1

*Late submission deadline: July 1



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 CCA to complete necessary paperwork, testing, and fee requirements. Visit:



Late Consideration

All applications completed after their designated semester deadline above may only be submitted during the designated late submission timeframe with no guarantee of review seating or notification. They will be reviewed in the order that they were considered complete on a space available basis. Students submitting applications during this time should be prepared to re-apply for a later semester if no acceptance is given by one week prior to the beginning of the semester.


Notifications of decision will be sent beginning on the notification date for the application term.


• 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 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 with a "C" or higher, the student may reapply for CFS admission to be re-evaluated.


CFS Admission Criteria


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 with a 2,000 character limit composed with proper English, spelling, and grammar that clearly answers the question


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

These must be completed online. We will not accept letters outside of the application.


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 English 121 AND Math 120.


I. Unofficial Transcripts. High school students with no prior

college experience must submit current unofficial high school

transcripts and/or GED; students with prior college experience

must submit unofficial transcripts from all prior colleges



II. If applicable, cumulative GPA at most recent educational

institution, evaluated in conjunction with the above



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+

SAT Verbal/Critical reading 440+; Math 460+


d. Qualifying Accuplacer scores that are less

than 5 years old:

Elementary Algebra 85+; 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



g. CollegeBoard Advanced Placement and

International Baccalaureate courses may

count for college credit. Please submit

official scores from

for AP course credit and your

IB Diploma to CFS Admissions.

For lost or misplaced IB Diploma,

visit for/students/

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. The policy is online at 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.


What You Need



What you will need to complete this application:


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


• Know the semester you wish to be considered for admission.


• Your education history including test scores and cumulative GPA.


• Your employment history including contact information.


• Be prepared to write an essay in 200-400 words with a 2,000-character limit.


• 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.


• 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 must upload a PDF copy of

their unofficial high school transcripts.


• COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS: Students with prior college

experience must upload a PDF copy of their unofficial college

transcripts of all prior colleges. If you have college credits from

the Community College of Aurora, 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 programand have registered in

classes at which time they will be required to submit official

transcripts to the CCA credentials evaluator.



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., Bldg. 965

Denver, CO 80230


• TESTING SCORES: Students who have taken ACT, SAT, 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. ACT/SAT scores, if applicable,

must be submitted.



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



Apply Now




1. Complete the Community College of Aurora Admissions Application

2. Complete the Colorado Film School Supplemental Application


Please choose one of the following guides:


Freshmen: Click here if you have no prior college experience.


Transfer: Click here if you have any prior college experience.


International: Click here if you currently reside outside of the U.S. or are here on an F1 VISA.



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