Filmmaking – School Of Communication And Media - Montclair State University


Applying to the Filmmaking Program

The guidelines and application link below apply only to the following program in the School of Communication & Media:

  1. Filmmaking (BFA)

Applying for admission to the School of Communication and Media is a two-step process:

Step 1. Submit an application to Montclair State University.

To apply as a new freshman or transfer student, you must first apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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Following submission of the University application, applicants who qualify will receive a formal invitation, sent by email, to submit a separate Application to the School of Communication and Media.

Step 2.  Submit an Application to the School and Request a Portfolio Review Appointment
(Minimum admission requirement is an overall GPA of 3.0)

All applicants to the filmmaking program must submit a separate application to the School of Communication and Media, in addition to the University application.  The application includes questions regarding your interest and experiences in filmmaking and your familiarity with your intended program and also requires the submission of a portfolio of work samples. All applications are thoroughly reviewed at this stage and qualified applicants are then invited to the on-campus portfolio review.

The application offers options for requesting a portfolio review appointment. Applicants are encouraged to request the earliest appointment date available with special attention to the following:

  • Spring semester applicants should request a date in the Fall.
  • Freshmen applicants should request a date no later than March (note: in order to be considered for on-campus housing and Financial Aid).

Appointment Dates for Portfolio Review

  • October 25, 2017
  • November 29, 2017
  • January 9, 2018 (only for Spring 2018 admissions)
  • February 28, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 23, 2018

Notes: Transfer applicants should bring unofficial transcripts from all previous colleges attended. Out-of-state and international students should inquire about alternative arrangements for an orientation session.

Prepare Before You Apply

Applicants are encouraged to develop a thorough understanding of their intended major.  You can review the Filmmaking program here.

To Apply

The filmmaking portfolio requires the submission of some essays, a film/video work sample, and some other optional work samples (such as a resume, pictures of art work, etc.). Please click the link below to get started.

Student Application and Portfolio Review Scheduler for the FILMMAKING (BFA) program.
(Note: $15 processing fee applies when application is submitted.)

Admission Information Contacts

Questions regarding the application to the School of Communication & Media may be addressed to:

Questions regarding the University application may be addressed to:

  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions Contact: Ms. Maria Zaino; 973-655-4444

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Applicants to the School of Communication and Media may qualify for the University’s Federal Work-Study program, student loans or scholarships.  For information regarding costs and Financial Aid, go to:

Office of Financial Aid