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Portfolio Deadlines

(note: portfolios are ONLY required for students interested in the B.F.A.)
  • First-year Early Action & Early Decision I: November 15
  • First-year Regular Decision & Early Decision II: February 1
  • Transfers for Spring: November 15
  • Transfers for Fall: April 1
  • Current SMU Students for Spring: November 15
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The B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts is a Dual Admit Program:
To major in Film and Media Arts, you must be accepted to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission), and complete additional requirements specific to the B.A. and B.F.A. degrees prior to declaring the major.

Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:
An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts [Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-BFA]. Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration. The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1320 on the old SAT (critical reading and math sections only), 1380 on the new SAT, or 29 on the ACT.

Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

B.F.A. Applicants:

  1. submit a Portfolio for review; see below for details and expectations.
  2. submit a Portfolio Information Form once you have submitted your portfolio.
  3. Submit your Application to SMU.

There are different deadlines and requirements depending on when you apply. Check the instructions at one of these links:

The Portfolio (B.F.A. Applicants ONLY):

The portfolio can consist of a variety of media, and should showcase your best work. The portfolio must include at least one film/video sample in which you were a primary creative voice (such as writer or director), and no more than five works. Media can include short scripts, visual projects such as short films/videos or photography, film stills, or samples of editing, audio animation, or motion graphics in which you contributed the bulk of the creative work. Portfolios should be submitted through our online portal, but we suggest that large video files be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and linked to the submission forms in our online portal. For all works submitted, please indicate (either in the video credits or on your application) your specific role(s) on the piece.

B.A. Applicants (no portfolio required):

To declare the B.A. in Film and Media Arts, a student must complete FILM 1301 (Art of Film & Media) and FILM 1302 (Media & Culture) with a cumulative 2.75 or better GPA, and then complete a declaration of major form with your University Advising Center advisor. First-year students are recommended to complete both of these courses by the end of their first year at SMU. Students transferring from other universities must have completed equivalent courses and obtained the equivalent GPA in those courses before they can be admitted to the major. Upon acceptance into the major, and in addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass the following courses with a grade of C- or better to receive their degree: FILM 1304 and FILM 2351.

If you have any questions about application or admittance to either the B.A. or B.F.A., contact the Division of Film and Media Arts at 214-768-2129 or email

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