BFA Film Production

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BFA INFORMATION SESSION

Come and meet the professors and students of the Film Production Program!

NEW: Admittance straight out of high school.

Monday, February 20 | 3 – 5pm
Film Production Building, 6358 University Boulevard

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production consists of four years of concentrated study including 60 credits of required Film Production, Film Studies, and Creative Writing coursework.

Students learn the theory and techniques of motion picture production in lectures, technical seminars and through working on collaborative digital film projects completed to professional standards.

There are options to study more deeply in the areas of documentary filmmaking, alternative cinema, screenwriting and producing.

Costs and Equipment

The Film Program does have production equipment and post-production platforms for the film major student projects. However, students who are accepted into the BFA Program should have their own consumer-level video camera for completing class exercises and their own computer for editing. Final Cut 7 has been the dominant editing program in the program and now Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere are also in use.

Students accepted into the BFA Program must also be prepared to pay for all costs of their productions in the required production classes FIPR 233 (3) Introduction to Video Production, FIPR 333 (6) Motion Picture Production 1 and FIPR 433 (6) Motion Picture Production 2.

Costs for the video productions in FIPR 233 are usually minimal, but students normally contribute $2,500 each to their projects in FIPR 333 and $3,500 each to their projects in FIPR 433

Students must also be prepared to cover all costs of their productions in the optional production classes. Costs for productions in these classes are dependent on the complexity of the projects students decide to undertake.

To estimate the cost of studying film at UBC please go to:
students.ubc.ca/coursesreg/tuition-fees-deposits/tuition-fees

General

In the BFA Program, students will make short videos progressing to collaboration for longer projects. In their final year, students will either work on their own on very short films or collaborate in groups on longer pieces.

Student films are produced within specific Program guidelines and parameters but students retain creative control and copyright over their productions. If several students collaborate on a film, they will share copyright.

The time commitment required in the BFA Program is not the typical workload-to-credit relationship one finds with other university courses. There is a great deal of time spent working on projects outside of class. Students must also be prepared to work in collaboration in a professional manner with others at every stage of the BFA Program.

Degree requirements

Please see the UBC calendar, calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,197,283,1300

List of Courses:

Film Production Courses:

  • FIPR 230 (3) Introduction to Motion Picture Directing
  • FIPR 233 (3) Introduction to Video Production
  • FIPR 234 (3) Production Planning and Professional Practices
  • FIPR 235 (3) Image Concepts for Filmmakers
  • FIPR 299 (3) Directed Studies: On-Campus Research
  • FIPR 330 (3) Intermediate Motion Picture Directing
  • FIPR 333 (6) Motion Picture Production I
  • FIPR 337 (3) Cinematography and Lighting 1
  • FIPR 338 (3) Sound Recording for Film and Video
  • FIPR 339 (3) Post Production Techniques 1
  • FIPR 399 (3/6) Directed Studies: Off-Campus Research
  • FIPR 433 (6) Motion Picture Production II
  • FIPR 434 (6) Producing for Film and Television
  • FIPR 435 (3) Alternative Cinema
  • FIPR 436 (6) Documentary Development and Production
  • FIPR 437 (3) Cinematography II
  • FIPR 439 (3) Post Production Techniques II

Creative Writing Courses:

  • CRWR 206 (3) Introduction to Screenplay
  • CRWR 207 (3) Short Screenplay Workshop
  • CRWR 406/494 (6)Advanced Screenwriting for Television
  • CRWR 406/00 (6)Advanced Screenplay

Film Studies Courses:

  • FIST 200 (3) Introduction to Canadian Cinema
  • FIST 210 (3) Silent Cinema
  • FIST 220 (3) Hollywood Cinema 1930-1960
  • FIST 300 (3) Cult Cinema
  • FIST 332 (3) Studies in Genre or Period
  • FIST 331 (3) Studies in Film Theory
  • FIST 334 (3) Seminar in Documentary
  • FIST 336 (3) Seminar in European Cinema
  • FIST 338 (3) Asian and Australasian Cinema
  • FIST 430 (3) Studies in Autuerism
  • FIST 432 (3) Seminar in Motion Picture Forms
  • FIST 436 (3) Studies in American Cinema
  • FIST 438  (3) Advanced Topics in Canadian Cinema
  • MUSC 345 (3) Aesthetics and the Practice of Film Music
  • ASIA 354 (3) Introduction to Japanese Film
  • SCAN 411 (3) Scandinavian Drama and Film in Translation
  • SLAV 307 (3) Literature and Film in Eastern Europe
  • SPAN 404 (3) Topics in Hispanic Cinema (Spanish-speaking students)
  • ITST 432 (3) Italian Film and Its Cultural Background

Recommended Elective Courses:

  • THTR 230 (2) Acting
  • THTR 299 (3) Studio Practicum
  • THTR 301 (6) Styles of Décor and Dress
  • THTR 399 (6) Production 2
  • THTR 408 (3/6) Advanced Study in Design
  • THTR 417 (3) Directing Lab
  • VISA 110 (3) Foundation Computing for Visual Arts
  • VISA 240 (3) Introduction to Photography
  • VISA 310 (3) Intermediate Photography
  • VISA 340 (3) Intermediate Photography
  • MUSC 328 (3) World Music Cultures
  • MUSC 319 (3) Introduction to Electroacoustic Music
  • MUSC 321 (3) Music Appreciation – 20th Century Music
  • MUSC 326 (3) Music Appreciation – Survey Course
  • MUSC 417 (3) Musical Scoring for Film (prerequisite MUSC 319)
  • MUSC 469 (6) Interdisciplinary Film, Movement, Art and Music

Typical format of the four-year BFA Program

1st Year at UBC:

  • FIST 100 Introduction to Film Studies (Prerequisite) (3)
  • Required Faculty of Arts courses

2nd Year at UBC:

Required FIPR and CRWR courses:

  • FIPR 230 (3) Introduction to Motion Picture Directing
  • FIPR 233 Introduction to Video Production (3)
  • FIPR 234 Production Planning and Professional Practices (3)
  • CRWR 206 Introduction to Screenplay (lecture course) (3)
  • CRWR 207 Short Screenplay Workshop (3)

Required 6 credits of 200 level Film Studies (FIST) from available courses: (6)

Required credits 2nd year total: (18)

Recommended courses:

  • FIPR 235 Image Concepts (3)
  • FIPR 299 Directed Studies: On-Campus Research (working on 3rd and 4th year FIPR films) (3)
  • DRAMA 200, 201 (satisfies Arts 2nd year literature requirement) (3)

3rd Year at UBC:

Required FIPR courses:

  • FIPR 330 (3) Intermediate Motion Picture Directing
  • FIPR 333 Motion Picture Production 1 (6)
  • FIPR 337 Cinematography and Lighting 1(3)
  • FIPR 338 Sound Recording for Film and Video (3)
  • FIPR 339 Post Production Techniques 1 (3)

Required 3 credits of Film Studies (FIST) from available courses (3)

Required credits 3rd year total: (21)

Recommended courses:

  • FIPR 399 Directed Studies: Off-Campus Research (work on industry productions) (3/6)
  • THTR 308 Sound Design for Theatre (3)

4th Year at UBC:

Required:

  • FIPR 433 Motion Picture Production II (6)

9 credits from the following options (which may not all be offered each year):

  • FIPR 434 Producing for Film and Television (6)
  • FIPR 435 Alternative Cinema Production (3)
  • FIPR 436 Documentary Development and Production (6)
  • FIPR 437 Cinematography and Lighting II (3)
  • FIPR 439 Post Production Techniques II (3)

Additional courses may be added to the options on a year-to-year basis.

Required 3 credits of Film Studies (FIST) from available courses: (3)

Required credits 4th year total: (18)

TOTAL CREDITS: (60)

Screenwriting Option for BFA FIPR students:

BFA students may wish to apply for an additional screenwriting specialty (admission through application and approval of CRWR faculty). If accepted, they may complete 12 credits from the following:

  • CRWR 406/494 Advanced Screenwriting for Television (6)
  • CRWR 406/002 Advanced Screenplay (6)