BFA Film Production: How to Apply

BFA Film Production Graduate Secretary: Zanna Downes

Applications for September 2018 admission to the BFA in Film Production Program are now open.

All applicants must complete the UBC online application form which is due on January 15.
Using the online application, students applying directly from secondary school should list the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Film Production as their first choice of degree program, and should send the additional material (described below) to the Film Production Program using the online supplemental application form, linked below.
Students who have completed transferable courses at another post-secondary institution should list the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Film Production as their first choice of degree program using the online application, and send the additional material (described below) to the BFA Film Production Program using the online supplemental application form, linked below.
Students who are already attending UBC and want to apply to the BFA program should send the additional material to the Film Production Program using the online supplemental application, linked below.
Additional material, described below, is required for application to the BFA Film Production program as part of the supplemental application which is due on February 15. A letter of intent, a resume, and a portfolio of work are required for admission to the BFA Film Production program, in addition to the UBC online application. Applicants must complete the UBC online application BEFORE submitting the additional material, in order to receive a UBC identification number (student number). ALL applicants must include their UBC student number in their letter of intent.
The letter of intent should describe your interest in film production and discuss your goals for university study, and it must include your student identification number. The letter of intent will be uploaded as part of the online supplemental application.
A Director’s Portfolio of 5-10 minutes: The work should reflect your creative and artistic potential, based on original ideas or adaptations in which you were creatively responsible for the content and the form. The portfolio should demonstrate the creative ability, artistic judgment and imagination of the applicant. Choose a subject that is important or meaningful to you, in any genre and on any topic. The portfolio can consist of one film or several short films or excerpts. Generally, technical factors are overlooked as long as they do not inhibit the viewer’s ability to understand the material. The portfolio can include no more than ten minutes and no less than five minutes of material. 
The portfolio films should be posted to Youtube, Vimeo or a private site, and you must provide a link to the site. Please note that the films must be viewable without joining any site or providing any password or information. Films uploaded to sites that request a password or require membership for viewing will not be reviewed or considered, and the application will automatically be rejected.
A background statement about your portfolio: this statement should include a short description of the films in your portfolio (the title, the length and a one-line plot description), what role(s) you fulfilled on each of these films and your comments on the strong and weak points of each of the films.
A resume of your experience in film and other areas you consider relevant.
Digital copies of your unofficial transcripts if you are not currently a UBC student, and any other information you want to include about your academic history.
Current contact information.
To submit the portfolio / resume, click on the link for the supplemental application form below. The online portfolio should be an accessible website that doesn’t require a sign-in or password for viewing. Do NOT send portfolios, resumes, and letters of intent to UBC Admissions.
Applications to the Film Production program are due no later than 4 pm Pacific Time on February 15. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: IF YOU ARE A TRANSFER STUDENT

If you are a transfer student, you must first apply to UBC before you apply to Film Production, in particular.

The UBC application, instructions and additional information can be found here: http://you.ubc.ca/admissions/how-to-apply/.

Please see the UBC Admissions website for deadline information. This application process will assign you a UBC student number which you will need before you are allowed to submit an application to the Film Production Program. Prospective students who DO NOT have a UBC Student Number cannot and will not be considered.

BFA/Diploma Film Production Supplemental Application form for September Admissions.
To access the supplemental online application form, you will need to sign in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL) number, which you will be able to set up after your registration at UBC is complete (cwl.ubc.ca).
Applications to the Film Production program must be received no later than 4 pm Pacific Time on February 15. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The Film Production BFA program can only admit 15 – 20 students per year from the large number of applications submitted. Applicants are assessed in three broad criteria: creative and professional potential as demonstrated in the portfolio, grades in post-secondary courses, and experience in production for film or related areas. In selecting candidates for the BFA Program, preference will be given to students with the best evidence of creative ability, however, grades and academic history will also be important. Admission is very competitive; applicants should make every effort to submit outstanding work and outstanding grades. The application review committee will review each application carefully.
Applicants will be notified of the admissions committee’s decisions by June 1. Individual assessments of applications are not provided.