BFA Film Portfolio

Deadline to submit the Film Portfolio: January 15

Applicants must submit the portfolio online at: by January 15. Applicants should upload documents (pdf), and video (mov) as outlined below. For good image quality and fast upload, please keep your files under 60 MB.  There is a $10 submission fee payable at

The portfolio must consist of the following:

  • An essay (1.5 pages, typewritten and singled-spaced) explaining your prior experience making art and why you wish to come to Purchase College for Film Production.
  • Up to ten samples of any substantial art work (film, video, screen or creative writing, photography, sculpture, painting, etc.) that shows a serious commitment to making art.
  • If you submit a video, please also submit a statement/resume describing your role in the production of your video. 

* If you experience difficulty uploading your portfolio, you must contact Slideroom technical support at for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You can also consult the Slideroom Helpdesk and FAQ at

DO NOT mail a portfolio to the Office of Admissions. Portfolios sent to Admissions will be discarded and the application may be withdrawn from consideration.

Note:  For the review committee, the essay and portfolio are a critical aspect of the initial screening process.  Your best intellectual and creative effort should be demonstrated in both of these materials.  Your essay might include a description of yourself, a discussion of why you want to make films, and include any experience you’ve had that supports or prompts your choice.

Because of time constraints in reviewing a large number of portfolios, it is best to send only your best work.

Interviews are by invitation only:

Only qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview. Those students invited for an interview will be notified via e-mail and will be required to log into their MyPurchase accounts to schedule an interview date and time and pay the non-refundable $46.00 interview fee online. Students who do not have a MyPurchase account will be prompted to create one. Invited candidates should bring additional portfolio materials (e.g. slides, scripts, films, art work) that show their best work. Faculty members suggest that you bring two letters of recommendations (one artistic and one academic) to the interview as well.

Admission Decisions:

Admission to the B.F.A. Film Program is highly selective and is based upon the portfolio submission and invitation-only interview of qualified candidates selected by the Film Faculty and Admissions. Students are invited for interviews by the Film Faculty based upon an assessment of the variety of interests, level of talent and the student’s goals as demonstrated in the required portfolio and essay, as well as an evaluation by Admissions on the basis of Purchase College’s general undergraduate admission standards. Only exceptionally talented students who can demonstrate their talent, creativity, commitment, and strong academic achievement during the process will ultimately be offered admission.

Students will be notified of decisions on or around March 15. If you are offered admission, you will need to accept our offer in writing, and you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1.