MFA Film Production


UBC Film Mandate

At the UBC Film Production Program, our objective is to develop the student’s intellectual, creative and technical skills as they prepare to embark on professional careers in the film industry. Courses provide students with core disciplines and filmic knowledge as well as practical experience in filmmaking. BFA and Diploma students produce and work on several films while in the Program. As their thesis, MFA students make an original film.

The Film Production faculty is made up of dedicated working professionals who maintain strong connections to the Vancouver film, television and new media industries.


UBC Film History

The UBC Film Production Program began in 1969 with a handful of film workshops offered to Department of Theatre students. From these workshops grew today’s renowned program, which has more than 350 alumni, many of whom are leaders in Canada’s film and television industries. Alumni have screened their work at film festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Toronto, IDFA and Hot Docs.

In 2006, under the leadership of a group of recent graduates, the UBC Film Production Alumni Association (FPAA) was formed and has been working to create events, mentorship opportunities and strong alumni involvement.

Achievements of the program since 2006 include:

A renovated and spacious new building to house the program
Revised BFA, Diploma and MFA curricula
Expansion of the BFA/Diploma Program from two years to three years
A new faculty position specializing in the area of fiction directing
Professional mentorship program through the UBC Film Production Alumni Association
An educational partnership with Emily Carr University
Student access to professional internships and additional equipment and services from the Vancouver film and television industry
The program now serves more than 70 students annually.