Portfolio Requirements


The Mason Gross Filmmaking Department requires all applicants to submit digital portfolios online. Hard copies of work or portfolios on CDs or DVDs will not be accepted. The link to submit a portfolio is sent directly to applicants five business days after the Rutgers University application is submitted.


A filmmaking portfolio and application showcasing artistic potential is required of all applicants. Students will be asked to submit the following as part of the filmmaking application:

  1. Filmmaking questionnaire- a series of short answer questions about your interest and background in film.
  2. Filmmaking portfolio- include one of the following:
  • Option 1: Short Film: Applicant may submit up to two short films that can be a documentary, fiction and/or animation film. The total running time for both films combined cannot exceed 10 minutes. The film(s) must be a complete work. Videotaped stage readings and/or plays will not be accepted. Please make sure the video submission is playable. NOTE: Applicants should specify their specific role in the making of the sample provided. 
  • Option 2: Artistic Portfolio: Please submit 15 examples of your artwork (produced within the last two years) that reflect your accomplishments and emphasize your strengths. This is an edited collection of your artwork intended to showcase your area of interest, modes of expression and range of creativity. You may include a variety of media such as painting, observational drawing, photography, print, sculpture, or video work. Please be selective and show only your best work, and avoid cartoon action figures, monsters, graffiti art, cute pets, portraits drawn from photographs, and images of vacation, in particular, sunsets and flowers.