• BFA
  • Film and Mass Media

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film focuses on film production and provides students with a grounding in the history, theory and aesthetics of film while developing their individual production skills, style and voice as entrepreneurial cinematic storytellers.

The program involves the student in the technical, economic and artistic processes of film and encourages creative exploration of the medium and its potential. Students take courses in directing, editing, screenwriting and production management and actively seek the support and guidance of community professionals from Panavision, Kodak, the Orlando Film Commission and others to refine and complete their projects. They graduate having produced and/or directed one or more competition-ready short films and a variety of other projects.

The program guides students through the process of submitting their work to film festivals and many students have received recognition and awards through such screenings.

Should a student discover his or her talents are more suited to writing, it is possible to concentrate on the development of a completed feature length screenplay in the senior year instead of a capstone (or senior-level) short film.

BFA graduates will be prepared to work in the film industry, develop and produce their own projects or attend graduate school. Their skills will also be applicable to a variety of related fields, ranging from advertising/marketing to education.

Examples of student short films

How to Apply

The Film BFA 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 Sophomore 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 BFA program will begin taking Film BFA-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 a Sophomore Portfolio

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

2. Submit Sophomore Portfolio

The Film BFA 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. (Link to Acceptd application coming soon.)

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 BFA program, you will be notified via email with instructions for changing your major.


In order to apply for the Film BFA you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled at UCF in the Film B.A. or BFA Pending major
  • Sophomore status or above (minimum 30 credits completed overall)
  • Completed the following prerequisite courses: 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
  • Enrolled in or have completed the following spring courses: 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 BFA will be forfeited.