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Apply for MFA Programme in Film

This information concerns application for autumn 2022

Portfolio instructions  

Your application should be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details in this material. All texts must be in English. 

Your portfolio to the MFA Programme in Film should include:  

  1. Motivation: In this section of the application, you are invited to describe your professional and creative intention with pursuing a Masters education. Explain why you are interested in studying at HDK-Valand and specifically in this programme (Max 4000 characters). 

    Your response should include:

    a) A description of your artistic and education background and its relation to your intention with the Masters programme.

    b) Describe what question(s) or enquiry motivates your educational pursuits.

    c) Expand on your understanding and expectations of the programme in relation to the development of your creative work and academic intentions.

    d) What does a Masters programme in film offer you in developing your film practice in relation  to your professional ambitions?

2. Statement on your film practice: In this section you are invited to describe your film/visual practice and the methods you have used to date in the development of your  film/visual projects (Max 4000 characters).
Outline the following areas in your response: 

a) Describe the films or visual projects you have made or been involved in/with and what motivated you to pursue making these films. 

b) Expand on your role in the films/visual practices and why the film topics are of interest to you.

c) Describe your working method(s) and your approach to your work and working with others.

3. CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – List your education (with the institutions) and dates of the qualifications. Outline your professional background, skills, filmography/ productions, grants/awards etc. In addition, describe your professional role in the work samples. (Max 1 page, pdf format).

4. Work samples, Media (Please note: Max 5 minutes in total). Your own film material can be taken from a full movie, excerpts or stand alone scenes/sequences. All material must have been produced within the last two years. You should have had a decisive professional role in the production and this should be clearly stated in the credits. If not it must be described in your CV. It is important that the material clearly visualizes your approach and interest within your practice. Use the section on the “statement of your film practice” to connect the description to your work samples (portfolio).

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Portfolio assesment

Emphasis is placed on the applicant's motivation and objectives for the education.
An ability to show a connection of the film samples to the education motivation and professional development with the Masters programme.

Submit your portfolio

Submit your portfolio through our portfolio tool  SlideRoom . 

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline. When you have submitted your portfolio in time,  you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom. 

We recommend that you upload your material 24 hours before the deadline. Please note that it is not possible to submit your portfolio after the application deadline.  


Application, selection & admission  

Documentation of Bachelor’s degree and English 6 

Submit all documentation on that shows you fulfill the entry requirement. It is important that you submit complete documentation and follow the country specific guidelines carefully. More information: Provide application documents . 

If you submit incomplete documentation you will be considered unqualified. 

Selection and admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of the Programme Director and representatives from the department.  

A number of applicants are selected for interviews. The interviews are held at HDK-Valand or conducted online. Notification on whether you are called for an interview or not will be sent to the email address that is registered on  

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements can be granted exemption if the department judges that the applicant in other ways have demonstrated ability to benefit from programme. Ability to benefit from programme can be demonstrated by:

  • other relevant education
  • relevant work experience or other practical experience
  • relevant artistic skills and abilities

Key dates  

8 October 2021: Application round opens 

17 January 2022: Last day to apply on  

24 January 2022: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom

1 February 2022: Last day to submit documentation of BA Degree/English on  

1 February 2022: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying

February 2022: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on

March 2022: Interviews are held, dates will be published in January

7 April 2022: Admission results are published on