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Apply for admission to the Community College of Aurora.

You must apply and be accepted to the Community College of Aurora before proceeding to the Colorado Film School application.

Select AGS as your program of study.

You will also need to complete the International Application


Gather college readiness documents.

You will need copies of all relevant transcripts (High School, College, AP/IB, etc.), and test scores (AP, SAT, ACT, etc.).

You will need to send official copies to the Community College of Aurora, as well as unofficial copies to the Colorado Film School.


Apply to the Colorado Film School.

Once you have been accepted to the Community College of Aurora, you must complete a separate application for the Colorado Film School.

Please open the Walkthrough for details, as well as a link to the application.

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Application Checklist

Successful completion/submission of the following are required for admission:

  • Community College of Aurora application
  • International Student Application (this includes applying for an F-1 Visa and an I-20 (see the walkthrough above for more information)
  • Submission of all relevant transcripts and test scores (see the walkthrough above or click on the relevant items below for more information)
  • Completion of the Colorado Film School Supplemental Application which includes the following:
    • Your S# (received when you applied to the Community College of Aurora)
    • Personal and demographic information
    • Declaration in a program of interest
    • Information on previous education (including uploading unofficial transcripts)
    • Work history
    • Snapshot questions
    • Two essays with proper English, spelling, and grammar (see the walkthrough above or click on the relevant items below for more information)
    • Two letters of recommendation (see the walkthrough above or click on the relevant items below for more information)
Essay Prompts

You must submit two short essays of 200-400 words composed with proper English, spelling, and grammar.

The first asks you to respond to “Why do you want to attend film school?”

For the second, choose a prompt:

  1. Many times, our intentions do not align with the impact others experience.  Tell us about a time your intention did not match the impact, what you learned, and how it impacts you today.
  2. How has your background shaped your worldview? Furthermore, what perspective and voice will you bring to our community?

See step 3 of the Walkthrough above for sample essays.

Letters of Recommendation

In your application, you will be asked to provide email addresses for two recommenders.  Your recommenders will then receive a link through email from Acceptd.com which will prompt them to complete the recommendation.  These must be completed through the link provided to your recommenders.  We do not accept letters submitted outside this link.

Academic/Professional: 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.

Personal: 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.

You can check on the status of your recommendations by logging in to your application.


  • My recommender didn’t receive the link. What should I do?
    • Have them check their spam/junk folder. The email should be coming from system@getacceptd.com.  If the message isn’t found, your recommender may need to provide an alternate email address.
  • My recommender can’t open the link. What should I do?
    • Make sure your recommender is using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
    • Copy and paste the link into the browser instead of clicking.
    • Have the recommender provide us an alternate email address.


  • High School Transcripts/GED
    • Prospective students with no prior college experience or less than 30 attempted college credits will need official High School transcripts and/or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you are applying for admission while you are still enrolled in High School, you may submit in progress transcripts.  Once you have completed your High School coursework, you will be required to submit an updated Official Transcript showing date of graduation.
    • Planning to finish High School while attending the Colorado Film School? Please click here for information on concurrent enrollment.
  • College Transcripts
    • Students with any prior college coursework will need official transcripts from each prior college attended.  In progress transcripts from institutions in which you are currently enrolled are acceptable.
    • Students with college credits from the Community College of Aurora will NOT need to submit an official copy. Unofficial will suffice.
  • Optional: AP/IB Transcripts
    • Students who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses may be eligible for transfer credit. Students who wish to use AP or IB college credit towards their degree will need official copies of their exam(s) and/or certificate(s).

Send official copies of all gathered transcripts and test scores to:

  • ATTN: CFS Admissions
  • c/o Credentials Evaluator
  • Community College of Aurora
  • 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy
  • Aurora, CO 80011

or by email to records@ccaurora.edu

NOTE: Official copies of all transcripts and test scores should be sent directly from the relevant institution. Forwarding copies that were originally sent to you will qualify the transcript as unofficial.


To expedite review of your application, please also send/upload unofficial copies to:

  • Preferred: Upload copies to your Acceptd Application (continued in Step 3)


And/Or Mail to:

  • ATTN: CFS Admissions
  • Colorado Film School
  • 9075 E. Lowry Blvd
  • Denver, CO 80230


Official Transcripts and Test Scores are still required even if you provide an unofficial copy but may be received after the submission deadline. Failure to submit official documents will impact your ability to register in certain classes and/or earn your degree. Note: it takes 30 days for the college to process your official documents before they may be attached to your admissions application. We encourage you to submit an unofficial copy of each document to prevent delays in processing your admissions application. Your application may be considered late if your documents are not attached to your application by the deadline.

Test Scores

All CFS Applicants are expected to be college-ready in both Math and English before being admitted into one of the CFS programs of study. College-readiness is defined by having completed or being eligible to enter into ENG 1021 and MAT 1240.


College-readiness can be demonstrated by:

  • 1. Evidence of completion prior college level Math and English courses as seen on transcript.
  • 2. Relevant test scores: Test scores must be less than five years old. If your test scores are more than five years old you may be required to complete additional testing. Qualifying test scores are broken down below:
      • ACT
        • English: 18+
        • Reading: 17+
        • Math: 17+
      • SAT
        • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 470+
        • Math: 400+
      • Accuplacer
        • Elementary Algebra: 40+
        • Reading Comprehension: 80+
        • Sentence Skills: 95+
        • Accuplacer scores may be obtained from collegeboard.org
      • Accuplacer Next Generation
        • English/Reading: 246+
        • Math QAS: 200+
      • CCPT
        • Essay: 5+
        • Reading Exam: 96+
        • Math: 62+
      • AP Exam scores
        • 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)
          • College Level Math (for the Math requirement)
        • For lost or misplaced IB diploma, visit the contact page of the International Baccalaureate website.
        • AP exam scores may be obtained from ap.collegeboard.org
      • International Baccalaureate
      • Other tests may be considered such as:
        • Compass
        • TASC
        • GED
        • HiSET
        • CLEP
        • PARCC
        • SBAC
        • Certain developmental education coursework
      • International Students may receive Conditional Consideration if they have:
        • TOEFL Scores: 16+ per category
        • IELTS Score: 6 or higher
      • Contact an advisor for details: (303) 360-4929

If prior college transcripts, ACT, and/or SAT scores are unavailable, or if test scores are more than five years old, students will take either the Math Placement Intake Form / English Self-Assessment Questionnaire, Accuplacer, or LOEP Assessment at CCA. As part of the Colorado Film School admissions requirements, students must place at college level for English and at college level with a lab for Math.  For testing information and/or to determine your assessment level, visit CCA’s Assessment and Testing page.

Admissions Contact Information

Colorado Film School:

Community College of Aurora:

International Students

International contact information:

For Admissions and I-20 Info/help: Contact the Designated School Official at 303-360-4980, PDSO.CCA@ccaurora.edu 

For Academic Advising: 303-360-4929, Advising.CCA@ccaurora.edu

Note: during peak advising (April – June & November – December), it may take up to 72 hours to receive a response.

Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students are welcome and encouraged to apply.  More information can be found here.

Equity and Accessibility

Students who have a disability or who otherwise have special needs are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability and Equity at 303-340-7548 or ode@ccaurora.edu.

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