BFA Filmmaking Application Information


Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.


First Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

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

Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: February 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: February 15
Decision: April 1

School-to-School Transfer and Re-Enrollment

Fall Admission Only

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.eduFebruary 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: February 15

Application Requirements

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in filmmaking should start the process by emailing 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, 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 Supplemental Application


  • $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 200-500 words write about the work of a filmmaker or artist who you find inspiring.

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 should be no more than five pages or 600 words in length.

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