Admissions: MFA in Film & Media Production

Behind the Scenes of Shelby Hadden's prethesis film HER & ME

Behind the Scenes of Shelby Hadden's prethesis film HER & ME

Step 1 – Online Application


Choose: The University of Texas at Austin (school), Radio-Television-Film -- MFA in Film & Media Production (major/degree).

Statement of Purpose:  You can wait and upload this as a PDF in the MyStatus Page -- Step 2.

Letters of Recommendation: You should provide names and email addresses for three recommenders.  Please contact us if your recommender is not able to use this online method. One or two letters (out of three total) from a professional reference is advised to show industry and life experience (these should be entered under "Academic References" section in the application).

Step 2 – Upload Supplemental Materials

Use MyStatus Page -- available after submitting and paying the application fee.

NOTE:  You won't have access to the MyStatus Page until you complete the online application and pay the application fee.

Statement of Purpose:  Write an essay that explains your education and experience so far, your future goals, and how you think our program will help you achieve those goals. Rule of thumb is to keep this concise, no more than two printed pages, double-spaced.  No other essay is required.

Copies of Official Transcripts:  The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) require a copy of your official transcript from each college and/or university that you have attended. U.S. applicants who have taken coursework through an Exchange Program, Semester Abroad or Study Abroad, please contact an Admissions Counselor at GIAC (512-475-7391) to determine if you need an original transcript from the foreign institution. Once you are admitted, you will need to send a hard copy of the official transcript.  

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV):  Include education; work experience and internships; honors and awards;  and publications or creative works.

Academic Writing Sample: This should be a report, article, review, or anything that you've written for a class (or similar).  No page limit, we recommend something at least 5-10 pages long.

Portfolio (Creative Sample):  You will need to provide a Vimeo URL for your video(s) to serve as your admission portfolio.  Please provide the URL and password (if applicable) on a separate PDF document uploaded on your MyStatus Page. .  ** See detailed instructions below

Instructions for Portfolio (Creative Sample)

Please include up to 20 minutes (doesn't have to be a full 20 minutes) of the best examples of your filmmaking work.  We are open to all genres and styles.  Include detailed descriptions in the document that lists the works you are including, related information about them (your role in the project, medium, dimensions, date completed, etc.), and your priority for viewing.

You must have a Vimeo account and upload your videos to VIMEO.COM.  If you don't already have a Vimeo account, you will need to create one. Vimeo is free to use. If your video is larger than 500MB you may also consider signing up for a free month of Vimeo Plus.  Otherwise, you may consider compressing your video to a smaller file size.  Please review the Vimeo Help Center/FAQ and Compression Guidelines if you are having trouble uploading your videos.  TEST your upload to make sure that it can be viewed with no problems.

By uploading your video to Vimeo, it will be live and viewable to the public on  If you do not want the public to be able to view your video, you will need to password-protect the video (detailed instructions are available on and provide the password with the URL in your application.  The University of Texas at Austin Radio-Television-Film department will not share your password-protected videos with anyone other than faculty on the admissions committee.

Step 3 – Test Scores

GRE Scores: 

Note: For Fall 2021 admissions, we are suspending the GRE requirement for our admissions processing.  We understand the COVID-19 situation has complicated this testing procedure in many locations. You are welcome to submit the scores if you have them. The GRE requirement may take 72 hours to be removed from MyStatus; there is no reason to reach out in the interim. Our applicant evaluation process is holistic and will consider all components of your application materials. If you opt to submit scores, they must be sent from the testing agency to the University. The code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. (Note: scores are sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); it can take 3 to 6 weeks after you take the test for the scores to reach us.) GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years.

TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores:  

Unless international applicants are either from a qualifying country or possess a bachelor’s degree (master's is not relevant) from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country, they must submit the required, official TOEFL or IELTS score.

Request an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin at:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

TOEFL and IELTS scores over two years old will not be accepted.  We prefer students have over 100 on the TOEFL for all RTF Graduate Programs, if admitted with less than that, an English speaking and writing test is required and possible English courses in addition to the required courses.