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

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.


First-year Early Action & Early Decision I: November 15
First-year Regular Decision & Early Decision II: February 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 2.75 or better GPA in order to be fully admitted into the B.F.A. Pre-majors are guaranteed enrollment in FILM 1301, FILM 1304, and FILM 2354, and are assigned a Film and Media Arts advisor.

Testing Process

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 apply.

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

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts

Undergraduate Studies


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Transfer Applicants

Current SMU Student Applicants

B.A. in Film and Media Arts

B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

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