Film and Media Arts

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Regardless of area of specialty, ambitious and motivated students can pursue internships in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and other major cities.

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Students have the opportunity to participate in the Division’s biennial full-length feature film project, produced by students with the mentorship of industry-respected faculty.

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Students can gain hands-on access to equipment the very first year and can hone their craft in scriptwriting, directing, producing, lighting, audio recording and more.

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Alumni projects have included work on Lincoln, August Rush, Jurassic Park, Supernatural, King of the Hill, Wishbone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and other well-known productions.

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Film portfolio questions?

If you have questions about the film portfolio submission, please contact:
film@smu.edu
214.768.2129

Portfolio Deadlines

(note: portfolios are ONLY required for students interested in the B.F.A.)
  • Early Decision II & Regular Decision — February 1, 2014
  • Transfer Students — April 1, 2014
Submit your portfolio online

To major in Film and Media Arts, students must first gain admission to the University, then complete additional requirements specific to the B.A. and B.F.A. degrees prior to declaring the major.

Please be sure to indicate the significant amount of time engaged in film activities on the Extracurricular Resume and Application which you submit to the Office of Admission as part of the application checklist.

B.F.A. Admission

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.

Upon matriculation, a pre-admitted 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. To be considered for acceptance into the B.F.A. program while in attendance at SMU, students must have completed FILM 1304 and FILM 2354 with a cumulative 2.75 or better GPA, and submit a portfolio.  Students transferring from other universities must submit a portfolio, and must have completed equivalent courses 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.

B.A. Admission

Admission to the B.A. in Film & Media Arts does NOT require submission of a portfolio.  Instead, a student must complete FILM 1301 (Art of Film & Media) and FILM 1302 (Media & Culture) with a cumulative 2.75 or better GPA. Students transferring from other universities must have completed equivalent courses and obtained the equivalent GPA in those courses before they can be admitted to the major. Upon acceptance into the major, students are required to pass the following courses with a grade of C- or better to receive their degree: FILM 1304 and FILM 2351.

Portfolio Process

Prospective undergraduates interested in declaring as a Film and Media Arts B.F.A. pre-major in their first semester are required to submit a portfolio of work to supplement their SMU application. 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.

Pre-majors are guaranteed enrollment in FILM 1301 and FILM 1302, and are assigned a Film and Media Arts advisor.

Portfolio Deadlines

(note portfolios are ONLY required for students interested in the B.F.A.; the B.A. does not require a portfolio)

Regular Decision & Early Decision II Applicants — February 1, 2014
Transfer Applicants — April 1, 2014

Contact the Division of Film and Media Arts at 214-768-2129 or email film@smu.edu. If you prefer to mail your submission, you must complete the online submission form in addition to mailing your DVD. Please send submissions to: 

Erica Anderson
Administrator
Division of Film and Media Arts
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
214.768.2129

238 Umphrey Lee Building
PO Box 750113
Dallas, TX 75265-0113

Testing Process

By submitting a portfolio, 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 film@smu.edu.

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