Filmmaking

BFA Filmmaking Application Information

Deadlines

First Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

What is a first-year applicant?

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15
Decision: April 1

External Transfer Applicants

What is an external transfer applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: February 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: February 15
Decision: April 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Current or Former Rutgers Students

Fall Semester Start

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.eduFebruary 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: February 15

To be considered for admission, applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross talent assessment to submit a portfolio through SlideRoom.

Application Requirements

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in filmmaking should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in.

To be considered for admissions applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application to submit a portfolio through SlideRoom.

If recommended artistically by the filmmaking faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management academically.

Admission Requirements

From another Rutgers–New Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of C or better

From another Rutgers–Camden or Rutgers–Newark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102) (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Talent Assessment

Requirements

  • $15 SlideRoom fee
  • Filmmaking questionnaire
  • University admissions essay
  • Filmmaker and/or artist inspiration Statement
  • Portfolio

Filmmaking Questionnaire

A series of short-answer questions about your interest and background in film.

University Admissions Essay

Submit the same essay you used on your Rutgers University application as a part of your Mason Gross Supplemental Application.

Filmmaker and/or Artist Inspiration

In 300-600 words, please choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • Discuss a filmmaker you admire. Describe aspects of this filmmaker’s work that have inspired/impacted you.
  • Describe/discuss a scene or formal cinematic element from a film or narrative television show that has impacted you. How has this scene influenced the kind of filmmaker you aspire to be? How does it relate to your personal approach to filmmaking?
  • Tell us about your aspirations as an emerging filmmaker. Describe the subjects, themes, possible methodology (nonfiction, documentary, narrative fiction, etc.) you are interested in exploring in your cinematic work. Do not tell us about career ambitions (i.e., “I’d like to become a producer for HBO”). Rather, keep the statement focused on the work you’d like to create that might get you to that place in your career.

Portfolio Requirements

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; we strongly discourage submitting compilation reels. 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 in the notes section of the portfolio submission.

Option 2: Artistic Portfolio

Please submit 10 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 vacations (in particular, sunsets), and flowers. We strongly encourage applicants to include descriptive captions for each image.

Option 3: Abbreviated Artistic Portfolio & Creative Writing Sample

Please submit five examples of your artwork, as outlined in Option 2, and one script or creative writing sample. The script or creative writing sample cannot be more than five pages or 600 words in length.

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