How to Apply to LMU SFTV's B.A. Film Programs for 2024 Entry

LMU SFTV offers some of the best undergraduate film programs in America. The University takes a holistic approach to filmmaking that encourages collaboration, unity, and diverse thinking over intense competition. Living on campus is not required, but highly encouraged.

LMU SFTV undergraduate applicants can apply through Coalition, LMU Online, or the Common Application. The Office of Admission recommends high schoolers prepare for LMU by taking these courses:
  • English: 4 years
  • Foreign Language: 3 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years
  • Social Sciences: 3 years
  • Academic Electives: 1 year

How to apply

  1. Online Application: In addition to the $60 application fee (non-refundable). To request a fee waiver, please follow the instructions on your application.
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Supply a minimum of one and no more than two letters of recommendation. LMU SFTV advises undergraduates to provide one letter from a teacher and an optional second letter from a guidance counselor or principal.
  3. Final Transcripts: Upload your official high school transcripts with your anticipated graduation date. Include your current grades from the date of your application. (Transfer students must provide transcripts from each post-secondary school they attended.)
  4. Creative Portfolio List: The portfolio list is a written record of your film and digital media creations. Each entry must include the title and a logline (if appropriate), the year of completion, and your creative role in its production. The Portfolio List should should explain the range and depth of your creative experiences. Formal recognition, such as awards, publications, jobs and exhibitions, should be noted. The name of the institution or publication should be included when listing creative materials prepared for a class or publication. Please do not submit any of these materials to us — submit only a list of your work as a .PDF file. An example of the Portfolio List:
    • July 2020, A Day in the Life, digital video, 12 minutes. Creative role: Writer/director. A documentary on a homeless Iraq vet who has lived on the streets since his return from the military. Created for senior-year multimedia project, East Lansing High School, East Lansing, MI.
    • March 2019, Doorways, a series of five black-and-white photographs. Creative role: Photographer. "Second Prize Winner" in the Des Moines Sunday Journal photo contest.
  5. Visual Sample: Provide a visual sample of one film or video work in which you performed a primary creative role (3 minutes maximum). The work may be fictional or documentary, live-action or animated. We are most interested in the stories you tell, and less concerned with your technical skills at this point. SFTV considers applicants with a unique voice and vision, storytellers who are in the early stages of their filmmaking careers, as well as more experienced applicants.


Applicants can only submit creative materials after completing the general online application. Regular Decision applicants should submit their creative materials no later than January 15, 2024. Transfer applicants should submit their portfolios no later than February 1, 2024, or as soon as the Applicant Status page instructions arrive.

ACT/SAT scores are optional. Providing standardized test scores will not give you an automatic competitive advantage, but can help balance out a weaker GPA. For additional questions about GPA and ACT/SAT scores, contact admission@lmu.edu.

How to upload the video sample


To submit the video sample, create an account on Vimeo or YouTube and upload the link to your film for your portfolio. LMU SFTV discourages setting a password protection for project submissions, as this may cause a delay in the application review process.

To join Vimeo:
  1. Go to: Vimeo.com.
  2. Input your name, email address, and password. Agree to the terms and conditions. Click Join.
  3. Basic Vimeo is all that is required.
  4. To create a channel, go to the channels page located in the top middle of the home screen and click “Create a channel.”
  5. To upload a video, click on the "Upload" button in the main toolbar at the top right corner.
To join YouTube:
  1. Go to YouTube.com.
  2. Click the “Sign in” button located on the top left of the screen.
  3. Click the “Create an account” button on the top left of the screen.
  4. Input your name, email address, username, and password.
  5. Confirm from the email sent to your account.
  6. To upload a video, click the "Upload" button in the top left corner.

Can LMU students apply for internal admission to the School of Film and Television?


Yes, depending on their program and year of study. The following majors are not accepting internal admission due to unprecedented levels of enrollment:
  • Film and Television Production
  • Animation (major and minor)
  • Recording Arts
To apply for internal admission to the Screenwriting major (or minor) or the Film, Television, and Media Studies major, book an appointment with an LMU SFTV advisor ASAP for spring 2024 pre-registration.