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Prospective First-Year Students

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: November 15
  • Transfers for Fall: April 1
  • Current SMU Students for Spring: November 15
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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)

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.

mportant note to those applying to SMU using Early Action/Early Decision 1 (November 1 deadline) and are pursuing degrees in Music, Dance, Theatre, Studio Art or the B.F.A. in Film & Media Arts.

If you apply to SMU by Nov. 1 but do not complete your audition/submit your portfolio until January or February, there is a strong possibility that your SMU admission decision will be deferred until your Meadows audition or portfolio results are available. This is because, as part of the holistic application review process, the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission would like the opportunity to consider both your academic application as well as your audition/portfolio results before delivering an admission decision.

If you apply using Early Action/Early Decision I and receive a "deferred" letter, you will receive a followup decision letter after the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission has reviewed the results of your audition or portfolio.

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

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Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts

Undergraduate Studies


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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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