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Apply for MFA Programme in Film

This information concerns application for autumn 2023

Portfolio instructions  

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details anywhere 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 master´s 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 of this programme as an educational environment as it relates to the development of your creative work and academic intentions.

    d) What does a Masters programme in film offer you towards 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.

b) What motivated you to pursue making these films.

c) Expand on your role in the films/visual practices and why these film topics have interested you.

d) Describe your working method(s) and your approach.

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 long format film (excerpts), stand-alone scenes/sequences or short film.
You should have had a decisive professional role in the production, and this should be clearly stated in the credits. It is important that the material clearly conveys your approach and interest within your practice. Use the section on ‘statement of your film practice’ to describe your work in terms of the approach and methods used, connecting the visual portfolio with a description of your practice. You are welcome to submit a film project that has been made especially for this application. Clearly describe why (motivation) and how (method) you made this sample work and how it resonates with the approach of this MFA film education.


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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  

17 October 2022: Application round opens 

16 January 2023: Last day to apply on  

23 January 2023: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom

1 February 2023: Last day to submit documentation of BA Degree/English on  

1 February 2023: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying

February 2023: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on

March 2023: Interviews are held, dates will be published in January

30 March 2023: Admission results are published on