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B.A. in Film and Media Arts

Interested in the B.A. in Film and Media Arts? A portfolio is not required. Simply select Film B.A. as your primary academic interest on your application for admission to SMU.

The B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts is a Dual Admit Program:

In order to pursue the B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts, you must be admitted both to the Meadows School of the Arts (via your portfolio submission), as well as to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission).

Current SMU students interested in the B.F.A. click here

In order to be admitted to the B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts while already attending SMU, you must submit a portfolio of film/video work online. Portfolios are reviewed by a faculty committee to determine acceptance into the B.F.A. program. If accepted, a student must complete FILM 1304 and FILM 2354 with a cumulative 2.7 or better GPA prior to declaring the B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts.

Portfolio Deadlines:
Current SMU Students for Spring: November 15
Current SMU Students for Fall: April 1

Admission checklist for First-Year and Transfer applicants

  1. Review the portfolio deadlines here

    • Early Action & Early Decision I: Submit portfolio by November 15
    • First-year Regular Decision & Early Decision II: Submit portfolio by February 1
    • Fall Transfer: Submit portfolio by April 1
    • Spring Transfer: Submit portfolio by November 15
  2. Determine which application deadline is right for you: Click here for guidelines

    Which is right for me: Early Action, Regular Decision, or Early Decision?

    Early Action: Apply by November 1, submit your portfolio by November 15. The benefit of applying Early Action is that a student will receive their portfolio results and their SMU admission decision by mid-December. If you apply Early Action, but do not submit your portfolio by November 15, your application to SMU will be deferred until Regular Decision. Early Action is not binding.

    Regular Decision: Apply by January 15, submit your portfolio by February 1. Regular Decision applicants typically receive their portfolio results in mid-late February and their SMU admission decision by late March.

    Early Decision is a binding application whereby students commit to attend SMU if admitted: Be sure to review the Early Decision FAQ. Early Decision I: Apply by November 1, submit your portfolio by November 15, receive portfolio results and SMU admission decision by mid-December. Early Decision II: Apply by January 15, submit portfolio by February 1, receive portfolio results in mid-late February and SMU admission decision by early March.

    Information for transfer students:

    Fall Transfer: Apply by April 1, submit your portfolio by April 1

    Spring Transfer: Apply by November 1, submit your portfolio by November 15

    Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement. Plan ahead to optimize your possibility of earning a Transfer Scholarship, and check out the Transfer Equivalency Guides.

  3. Review the Test Optional Policy here and determine whether or not to submit test scores with your application

    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 B.F.A.). 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 1330 on the 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.

  4. Review the portfolio requirements here

    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 each piece.

  5. Submit your portfolio online.

  6. Apply to SMU. Review the guidelines in #2 above

  7. Review the Financial Aid process and submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA, or, the Meadows Waiver Form as soon as possible

  8. Enrolling at SMU to pursue a B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts? Click here to review notes about declaring the major and testing out of FILM 1304 (Production 1)

    In order to declare the B.F.A. major, a student must complete FILM 1304 (Production 1) and FILM 2354 (Screenwriting 1) with a cumulative 2.7 or better GPA. Dually admitted film students are guaranteed enrollment in FILM 1304 and FILM 2354, and are assigned a Film and Media Arts advisor. Transfer students must complete FILM 1304 (Production 1) and FILM 2354 (Screenwriting 1) with a cumulative 2.7 or better GPA, OR, have completed courses the Division accepts as equivalent to FILM 1304 and FILM 2354 and obtained the equivalent GPA in those courses before they can declare the major.

    Testing out of FILM 1304 (Production I)

    By submitting a portfolio, B.F.A. candidates also have the option to attempt to test out of FILM 1304 (Production 1), the introductory production course required for both the B.A. and B.F.A. in Film & Media Arts. Only applicants with considerable production experience and technical expertise should attempt to test out.

    Testing out of this course will entail both a written exam and a hands-on practicum to show the student’s technical competency. Students must receive a B or better on each of these exams to successfully test out of Production 1. Testing occurs on specific dates, and students who desire to test out of this course will be informed via email on how to schedule taking the exam.

    For information on testing out, contact the Division of Film and Media Arts at 214-768-2129 or email film@smu.edu.

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