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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
Submit your portfolio online

To be provisionally accepted to the B.F.A. in Film and Media Arts prior to matriculation at 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.

Transfers for Spring: November 15
Transfers for Fall: April 1

Upon matriculation, a transfer student must either:

  • 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.,
  • 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 be considered for admission to the major.

Upon acceptance into the B.F.A., students are required to pass FILM 1301 with a grade of C- or better to receive their degree. Pre-accepted transfer students are guaranteed enrollment in FILM 1301, FILM 1304, and FILM 2354, and are assigned a Film and Media Arts advisor.

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.

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

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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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