School of Film and Television - Production Department
Undergraduate Admission Portfolio Requirements
Submitting Your Portfolio:
You will not be able to submit your portfolio until after you have submitted your application for admission. Once students submit their application, they will receive an email explaining how to check their status; the Application Status Page includes an upload feature where students can upload a portfolio.
Early Decision and Early Action candidates should submit their portfolio by the November 1 deadline, or as soon as the Applicant Status page instructions arrive if submitting the application at the deadline. Regular decision candidates should submit their portfolio by January 15.
Candidates should submit their portfolio by February 1, or as soon as the Applicant Status page instructions arrive if submitting the application at the deadline.
Your portfolio (for both first-year and transfer students) should include two items:
- Portfolio List: The portfolio list is a written record of your creative material, including but not limited to film or television. It should include the title and a logline (if appropriate), the year of completion, and your creative role in its production. The material should give an idea of the range and depth of your creative experiences so far. 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 is:
- 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.
- Visual Sample: 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.
To submit your video, create an account on Vimeo or YouTube and upload the link to your film for your portfolio. We discourage setting any password protection for project submissions. This may cause a delay in the review of the applicant’s application.
To join Vimeo:
- Go to: www.vimeo.com
- Input your name, email address, and password. Agree to the terms and conditions. Click Join.
- Basic Vimeo is all that is required.
- To create a channel: Go to the channels page located in the top middle of the home screen and click “Create a channel.”
- To upload a video: Click on the upload button in the main toolbar at the top right corner.
To join YouTube:
- Go to: www.youtube.com
- Click the “sign in” button located on the top left of the screen.
- Click the “create an account” button on the top left of the screen.
- Input your name, email address, username, and password.
- Confirm from the email sent to your account.
- To upload a video: Click the Upload button in the top left corner.