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BFA Film Production

Film Production students learn the theory and techniques of motion picture production. This program is undertaken through class lectures, technical seminars and 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.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

BFA Tri-Mentorship

The BFA Tri-Mentorship program matches students in their final year with alumni industry professionals as they, in turn, mentor junior students in the program.

Go Global 

Experience film in other countries and immerse yourself in other cultures and contexts. Go Global programs offers students the opportunity to study at one of 150 partner universities round the world. Learn more. 

Arts Co-op Program

Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience through Arts Co-op will help you explore career options in arts organizations (like museums and film festivals), non-profit, government, and the private sector employers across Canada and abroad. Graduate with at least 3, 4-month work terms, average cumulative earnings of $25,000, career skills and experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation.

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Arts students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at galleries, art festivals, theatre organizations, museums, and grass-roots organizations and non-profits. Find your passion, gain relevant experience and unleash your creativity in a part-time internship this year. 

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars allow senior undergraduate students to either participate in or initiate and coordinate small, collaborative, group learning experiences. 

Degree outcomes

Students not only learn the techniques, practices and theory of 16mm and digital filmmaking in lectures, technical seminars, but their work in the discipline gives them a perspective on the art of story telling and visual media that is integral to business. The collaborative nature of film projects gives graduates essential experience in creativity, innovation and teamwork that is highly valued by employers across many fields.

Career possibilities

Film Director

A director is the main creative force behind films (whether they be commercial, documentary, educational, etc.) and is responsible for making many of the creative decisions. Essentially, a director is the head of the production unit — a critical link between the production, technical and creative teams — responsible for translating the script into cinematic images. The work requires creative vision, strong leadership and the ability to be a consummate storyteller. As such, the director must visualize and define the style and structure of the film and then bring this vision to reality. A director’s main duties include casting, editing scripts and composing, selecting and editing shots. Directors must also be aware of the constraints of budget and schedule. Ultimately, directors are responsible for the artistic and commercial success or failure of a film or television show. Directors must also understand the entire filmmaking process, which includes technical know-how.

Producer

Typically working for TV and film production companies or independently. A film producer develops, finances, executes, completes, delivers and releases a film. Unlike other titles in filmmaking, the producer credit is also given out to people who do a portion of the job. The full capacity of producing means involvement in a film from concept to release. It can also be concerned with nurturing talent and projects. Film producing is creativity within constraints. The constraints consist of rules, budget, and time. Producing requires creativity, teamwork and good business.

More possibilities:

Editor
Camera Operator
Sound Editor
Screenwriter
Videographer
Film Critic
Script Supervisor
Art Director
Journalist
Communications Specialist
Art Director
Cinematographer
Storyboard Artist
Media Developer/Creator

Academic possibilities

A BFA Film Production degree prepares you for further study in a variety of fields, including:

  • MFA Design and Production
  • MFA Directing
  • MFA Film and Creative Writing

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