Film Production

The MFA in Film Production program is designed for students with a comprehensive background in filmmaking and wish to pursue a specific creative vision in an academic environment.

Program Overview

The film production master’s degree focuses on the areas of directing, screenwriting, and producing live action narrative or documentary film. The MFA is a two-year course of resident study. As part of the program, MFA students must complete their thesis, which is a self-funded, original film.

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. Our faculty are industry leaders in Canadian film and television. MFA students will work closely together with faculty members and gain hands-on experience in their field of interest.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MFA Film Production program must complete a total of 36 credits, following these guidelines:

  • Required Courses (12 credits)
    • FIPR 533: Advanced Problems in Directing (6 credits)
    • FIPR 534: Producing for Film and Television (6 credits)
  • Thesis (12-18 credits)
    • The 12-credit thesis requirement can normally be met with the completion of a professionally finished film 20 minutes long (shorter works to be considered on a case-by-case basis) and full written documentation and evaluation of the process
    • Productions longer than 40 minutes may be eligible for 15 or 18 credits on a case-by-case basis
  • Electives (6-12 credits)
    • Most students choose these electives from the following courses:
    • CRWR 506: Advanced Writing for Television (6 credits)
    • CRWR 514: Advanced Writing for the Screen (6 credits)
    • FIPR 535: Alternative Cinema Production (6 credits)
    • FIPR 536: Documentary Development and Production (6 credits)
    • FIST 534A: Seminar in Film Studies (3 credits)
    • FIST 435B: Seminar in Film Studies (3 credits)
    • Alternate courses to fulfill the 6 to 12 credits of electives must be chosen in consultation with the MFA Advisor

Admissions

The film production master’s program only selects a handful of students each year. For those interested, please follow these application instructions:

  • Submit your UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies application
  • Attach a copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and are currently enrolled in. If your transcripts are in a language other than English you must also provide a certified translation
  • Include a resume of film and related experience
  • Include a portfolio of completed films where you were a primary creator. These must be shared via accessible links, otherwise your application may be rejected
  • A description of each film you have submitted (title, length, production company) and your role on each project.
  • 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

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