Degree
  • BFA
Department
  • Film and Mass Media

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film emphasizes authorship in Film Production to empower our graduates for lifelong success in a variety of filmmaking and screenwriting modalities. Working with a diverse faculty in an intensive tutorial environment, students author original works, collaborate with a creative team, and develop their personal voice. Graduates will leave equipped with a broad array of skills to compete in the film industry or continue their studies in graduate school.

The Film B.F.A. is a limited-access, 4-year degree program that shares a cinema studies and production core with the Film B.A. program. After completing foundational requirements as Film B.A. majors, students can choose to apply for entry into the B.F.A. via a portfolio review in their second year. Once accepted, students can design a plan of study for different modalities in narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking as well as screenwriting.

As part of their Capstone experience, Film B.F.A. students organize a curated exhibition of creative works from the Film B.A. and Film B.F.A. degree programs. They also learn about the professional practice to help better prepare themselves for life after film school, navigating a career in industry and the arts.

Examples of student short films

How to Apply

The Film B.F.A. is a limited-access program. Only a select number of students are invited to join the program each year. The application process for this track requires submission of a portfolio which highlights the student’s creative work.

Applicants must be in the Film B.A. major or Film BFA Pending major at UCF. Students whose portfolios are accepted and are admitted into the Film B.F.A. program will begin taking Film B.F.A.-specific courses in the fall semester following admission into the program. Students cannot begin these classes in the spring or summer semesters. Students must meet requirements and complete prerequisite courses prior to admission (see “Eligibility” below)

1. Assemble the Portfolio

The portfolio must meet all the specifications listed in the portfolio specifications. Portfolios that do not meet the requirements will not be considered. All sections of the portfolio must be submitted online.

2. Submit the Portfolio

The Film B.F.A. Application must be completed online via Acceptd and include your portfolio. The application is open for submissions from Monday, December 3, 2018, until Friday, December 14, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Submit at app.getacceptd.com/ucfnscm.

3. Announcements

When the selection committee completes its review by the end of February, students will be notified by email indicating whether they have been accepted, denied or put on the alternate list. Accepted applicants must follow the directions in the email to confirm acceptance. Should accepted students decline or fail to confirm acceptance, the position will be given to an alternate. Alternates may be notified as late as the start of the fall semester.

4. Declare your Major

If you are accepted into the Film B.F.A. program, you will be notified via email with instructions for changing your major.

Eligibility

You must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled at UCF in the Film B.A. or B.F.A. Pending major
  • Sophomore status or above (minimum 30 credits completed overall)
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses by August 2019: FIL 1007 Foundations of Story, FIL 1008 Cinematic Expression 1, FIL 2030 History of Motion Pictures, FIL 2424 Intro to Film Production, FIL 2552 Editing 1, FIL 2107 Script Analysis, FIL 2534 Sound Design 1, FIL 2461C Cinematography 1
  • A grade of “B” (3.0) or better in the major. Applicants must maintain a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in the major during the spring semester following application or admission into the Film B.F.A. will be forfeited.