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SMU Film Admissions

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If you have questions about the film portfolio submission, please contact:

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 2016: November 15
  • Transfers for Fall 2016: April 1
  • Current SMU Students for Spring 2016: November 15
Submit your portfolio online

To be provisionally accepted to the B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts while already attending SMU, a student must submit a portfolio of film/video work, which will be reviewed by a faculty committee to determine acceptance into the B.F.A. program. Note that admission into the B.F.A. is selective and not all applicants may be accepted.

This 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.

To be considered for acceptance into the B.F.A. program while in attendance at SMU, students also must have completed FILM 1304 and FILM 2354 with a cumulative 2.75 or better GPA, and have completed FILM 1301 with a grade of C- or better.

Deadlines: Current SMU Students for Spring 2016: November 15, 2015

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