E: dsavca@gmail.com | T: 720.424.1700


Hello and welcome to the audition information page for Denver School of the Arts’ Video Cinema Arts department.  The information contained here is only for our department.  Please go to the main admissions page to find out all the information and dates for complete admissions process:  http://dsa.dpsk12.org/auditions/


Preview Days

If you are interested in visiting the school before you apply, please sign up for one of our Preview Days.  Information can be found at http://dsa.dpsk12.org/visitation-days-and-shadow-program/

Auditions for the 2017-2018

A 4 step process

Step 1 – the online audition application

The online application will open on October 10, 2016 and close at NOON on November 18, 2016.  At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.

Note – Incoming 7th graders will audition for the waitlist only

Step 2 – the mandatory pre-audition meetings

A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the pre-audition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process.  We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/etc.  But someone must be at this meeting to represent the student and get the audition time at the end of the meeting.  The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.

Our preaudition meeting is on November 29th, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Video Cinema Arts located in the Library.

Step 3 – the district school of choice form

You must fill out the DPS School of Choice Form.  This information and form can be found on the admissions page:  http://dsa.dpsk12.org/auditions/

DSA’s registrar, Jackie Rios, will be here during all audition dates.  If you need help with the DPS Choice process and/or have questions about the enrollment side of the process, please stop by the main office and speak with Jackie.  She will help you through the process.

Step 4 – the audition

You will receive your audition date and time at our pre-audition meetings on November 29th, 2016.  You do not pick the audition date or time.  It is chosen for you.  The vast majority of our applicants will only be assigned one day.  Please keep all dates/times open on your calendar.  You will find out at our preaudition meeting which of the audition dates you will actually need.  All call back details will be explained at the pre-audition meetings.  The dates are not negotiable.

The Video Cinema Arts department will hold auditions on:

  • January 14th, 2017  (8am – 6pm)
  • January 17th, 2017 (3pm – 9pm)


If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Miles ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.



VCA Recommendation Form


Denver School of the Arts Video Cinema Arts Program Pre-Audition Meeting

November 29th, 2016

List of requirements for all DSA VCA applicants:

THE VIDEO/STORY PROJECT – ALL VIDEO PROJECTS DUE by 3:00 pm on Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you would like to see a sample of audition videos made by two students who were accepted

into DSA check out:

MS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJHTlgJLjL8&list=UUAnk3nRUu_WAnwfDuy3IEOw

HS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBwNFykqRBE&feature=youtu.be


1- VCA applicants will create a 2 minute video project, which can be documentary or

fiction form. The project must tell some kind of a story. Our preference is to view your

project on youtube or vimeo. Please email the link to your video project to both

Ed_Glassman@dpsk12.org and Amy_McGrath@dpsk12.org by 3pm, January, 9th, 2017.


If you cannot upload your project, hard copies of the projects on DVD can be

delivered to the DSA office, care of Mr. Glassman.


2- If you do not have access to video equipment, you may prepare a PowerPoint

presentation or photo display board, featuring at least 12 original photos. Your photo

presentation must tell some kind of story (including a text component), as well as show

evidence of your composition skills. This project must be delivered to the DSA office,

c/o Mr. Glassman by 3pm, January, 9th, 2017


3- It is the expectation of the DSA Video Cinema department that all video/photo projects

presented for auditions represent primarily the work of the applicant. We are interested

in seeing the writing, shooting, and editing capabilities of each applicant.


4- As a companion to the video or photo piece, all applicants must write a “treatment”- a

written explanation of the story of their video project. This treatment will be featured

in the student’s portfolio, to be presented at the time of their audition. Additionally,

applicants may want to include storyboards, shot lists, or any other planning documents

in their portfolio.


THE PORTFOLIO- Bring this with you to your audition. Use this list as a checklist, and please

make sure that your portfolio includes all of the following elements. We will be holding on to

these portfolios to help us make our decisions. They will be available for pickup during DSA

office hours (7am-3:30 pm, M-F) from January 31st, 2017 – February 3rd only. After that time, portfolios will go

into recycling.


1- The first section of all VCA applicant portfolios should be the student’s resume. Please

see the attached Sample Resume for a suggested format:

Sample Resumé


2- The second section of your Portfolio should contain the written story or “treatment”

that you developed for your audition video or photo project. If you designed

storyboards, shot lists or any other planning documents for your project, put them here.


3- The third section of your portfolio should include photos, drawings, short stories or

other writing, cartoons, designs, or any other relevant work that will help us see how

you think about telling stories and expressing them visually.


4- Finally, if you have awards or documentation regarding other activities that you want us

to know about, you can include these in the back of your portfolio.


THE AUDITION– All students should show up for their audition 45 minutes prior to their

interview time to begin the written portion of their audition.


1- The first element of your audition is a written exercise. Students will be asked to

develop a story idea for a film based on a visual prompt. Students will also watch a brief

film clip and answer some questions about what they saw. The writing component will

take between 30-45 minutes.


2- After you complete your written audition, you will have a meeting with the VCA audition

panel. This panel is generally comprised of both VCA teachers, as well as a community

member or VCA grad with knowledge of our program. During your interview, you will

first present your video or photo project to the panel, and then be asked to explain your

project and its story. The panel will then ask a number of questions regarding your

interests and experience related to film and video production.

Applicants will be ranked according to the outcomes of their interviews, written assignments,

portfolios, and video or photo projects. All students who audition will be notified by email on

January 24, 2017 as to whether or not they have been accepted.  We will also send a letter – as

some families like their children to have a hard copy letter.

If your student is on a 504 or IEP and you believe there are accommodations needed for the

audition the main office needs a hard copy of the document in the DSA Main Office to the

attention of Ms. Aspen Miles, Assistant Principal by January 10th, 2016.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: School of Choice Requirements

If your student is already enrolled in a DPS School, you will need to fill out the School of

Choice form online at http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org/

This form MUST be filled out by January 29th (so yes, you can wait until you know whether

your child has been accepted to DSA to do it)

If your student is enrolled in another school district, please stop by the DSA counseling office

on the day your child auditions. School of choice forms will be available there, with our

registrar, Dorothy Hurst.


If you have any questions about the School of Choice Process, please contact the Office of

Choice and Enrollment Services directly at 720-423-3493.