Film Production

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Develop your intellectual, creative, and technical skills as you prepare to embark on a professional career in the film industry. Your coursework will provide you 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.

Why this program?

  • UBC is one of the oldest Film Production programs in Western Canada with a well-established alumni network.
  • Take classes in an intimate cohort of 20 students.
  • Take Production Design courses from the Theatre program, and Screenwriting courses from the Creative Writing program.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Film production is a hands-on program where you learn by doing. Filmmaking is a creative, dynamic process requiring the cooperation and creative input of many people. Good filmmaking requires that those involved have a broad knowledge base. The goal of this program is to graduate creative, independent filmmakers with the skills, ideas, and initiative to shape the industry.

Not only will you learn in the classroom and through assignments, but you will learn from more senior students as they assist on student film sets outside of class. Directed studies credit is possible for students who complete internships.

Campus features

With the recent addition of the Film Collection, UBC’s Visual Resources Centre has total holdings of over 400,000 35mm photographic slides, videos, films, DVDs, and a growing database of 35,000 digital images.

NBC Studio: a convertible classroom space which features a green screen and lighting grid.

Editing rooms: computers have both Final Cut Pro and Premiere software for editing, as well as software for other aspects of post production.

Visual Resources Centre: total holdings of over 400,000 35mm photographic slides, videos, films, DVDs, and a growing database of 35,000 digital images.

Equipment room: grip, electric, sound and camera gear to support student projects.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Theatre at UBC is a renowned training program that has produced some of Canada’s most innovative artists and theatre practices for over 50 years. Our five programs are encouraged to mingle with regular social events with collective meals and complimentary tickets for all to opening nights. The organized student organization, DAFT (Design, Acting, Film, Theatre Council), organizes events and advocates for student concerns.

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Your future

You can work in film/tv/new media in any aspect of documentary or fiction filmmaking in a multitude of roles, including writer, director, cinematographer, producer, art director, sound designer, editor, or in arts administration.

Program graduates

  • Producer, The Good Fight
  • Cinematographer, There by Tyger’s
  • Director, Cybercraft Productions
  • Adjunct professor, UBC Theatre and Film

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Fine Arts (direct-entry specializations only; excludes Creative Writing)

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Audition or portfolio

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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