MFA Film Production: How to Apply

Application Process and Materials:

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This form can be found at:

There is an application fee of CDN $104 for Canadian applicants. International applicants must pay CDN $168.25. This fee is set by UBC Graduate Studies and is non-refundable. The fee is payable by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, another cardholder must pay on your behalf.

You will be required to upload the following:

Copies of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions.
A resumé of film and related experience.
A portfolio of completed films on which you were a primary creator. These must be uploaded to the internet and links supplied. If supplying links, they may be password protected, but please ensure that they are easily accessible on standard websites such as YouTube or Vimeo. Avoid sites that require registration or special players.
A description of the films you have submitted (title, length, production company) and your role on each of these projects.
A proposal for a thesis film. If your thesis is a feature-length film, you must also submit an alternate proposal for a shorter film. This proposal must include a description of the film, an outline, treatment or draft script and a proposed one-page budget.
A statement of intent describing your reasons for wanting to complete the MFA Program.


DO NOT SEND PAPER DOCUMENTS OR HARD COPY MEDIA to the Department of Theatre and Film. If you receive an offer of admission you will be instructed to send official transcripts directly to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. The MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (or equivalent). Your score should be sent to UBC electronically.

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Selection Process:

An MFA selection committee first reviews all applications to the MFA in Film Production Program.

The selection committee determines a shortlist of applicants and arranges interviews with these applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to come to an interview. If you cannot attend in person, a telephone interview will be arranged.

The Selection Committee then recommends selected applicants to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies reviews the application and if Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies approves the application, the student is then accepted into the Program.

This entire process normally takes 8-10 weeks.

Tuition and Other Fees:

The UBC on-line calendar gives details for tuition fees specifying rates for full-time, part-time and international students.

For more information please visit:

Tuition fees are calculated on an annual basis. They are paid in three installments in September, January and May.

While they are enrolled in the MFA Program, students pay these instalments regardless of whether they are taking specific courses or not.

Student Funding:

Graduate Entrance Scholarships

In most years, the Film Production Program is able to offer small Graduate Entrance Scholarships to some students. These cover a portion of tuition; amounts vary from year to year. Graduate Entrance Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and professional achievement. Please note that all accepted incoming graduate students are automatically considered by Film Program faculty for these scholarships. Students are not required to apply and scholarships are not based on need.

Other Graduate Awards

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies frequently sends notices of scholarships, fellowships and other competitions for graduate students and the Film Production Program will circulate these to our students. Information on these awards and the deadlines for application are also posted on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website at

Student Loans and Bursaries

Canadian student loans are government-funded repayable financial assistance. Eligibility is determined by a standard means test. Students are required to apply for student loans through their province of residence. See the UBC website for further information.

Non-Canadian students should inquire in their country of residence regarding student loans.

UBC also offers bursaries to students who have student loans. There are general bursaries available to all UBC students. See the UBC Student Services website:

Please note that students are also eligible for bursaries and loans to cover the summer term, since they are enrolled over the summer.

BC Arts Council Funding

Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents and have lived in British Columbia for one year or longer may be eligible to obtain Scholarship Awards from the BC Arts Council. Please see their website:

Graduate Funding Opportunities:

All domestic and international students who are accepted and registered full-time in our department’s graduate programs (Ph.D., M.F.A., M.A.) will be eligible for financial assistance from teaching assistantships, research assistantships and Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) funding allocated as entrance awards, multi-year funding awards, tuition awards and/or scholarship top-up awards.

Please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page for details.

Employment Opportunities:

Teaching Assistantships

The Film Program normally has a number of partial Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Assistantship positions for MFA students. This number fluctuates from year to year and is not guaranteed. Students interested in working as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Assistants must formally apply to the Graduate Advisor for the positions once they are accepted into the Program. Students may also apply for other Teaching Assistantships within and outside of the Department of Theatre and Film.

Work Study

Canadian students may be eligible for UBC Work Study employment on campus in a variety of jobs to a maximum of 10 hours per week and earn up to $3,000 for the Winter Session (September to April). Work Learn is open to domestic and international graduate students paying full-time tuition. See the Student Services website:

International Students:

International students may be eligible for employment on or off campus via the UBC Work Learn program or other programs depending on their status. For detailed information on the regulations and the work permit application process, see the International Student Services website:

MFA Film Production Admissions and General Information/Questions:

Program Secretary: Karen Tong –
Film Production Administrator: Sarah Crauder –
Program Advisor: Shannon Walsh –
Academic Administrator:
Ian Patton –