Writing Sample: Choose one.
Write about a milestone, an unexpected encounter or an event that was a turning point in your life. And then include some strategies you might use to tell that story through image and sound.
Describe in detail a moment from a film or any other art form that you find particularly moving. What was its effect on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the filmmaker/artist used to accomplish such impact?
Applicants to the Game Design program can optionally choose to submit a visual portfolio listed under Option 1 but must submit Option 2 (a game proposal). ALL game design applicants must submit the writing sample.
Applicants may submit an original game proposal including at least three of the following five elements. The proposal can be for any type of game.1) Characters2) Narrative3) Strategy4) Rules5) World/Visual Descriptions
Describe in detail the impact that a game has made on you. Applicants may write about any aspect of the game which impacted them the most. What effect did it have on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the game developers use to achieve this impact?
Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life.
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.