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Film Production (MFA)

Course Description

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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.


The MFA in Film Production Program focuses on the areas of directing, screenwriting and producing for students who already have a comprehensive background in filmmaking and wish to pursue a specific creative or intellectual vision in an academic environment.

The Program is very small. Normally only 2-3 students are admitted per year. This total includes students in the Joint MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing. There are normally 30-40 applications for these positions.

The MFA is a two-year course of resident study. However, many students find it may take 3-4 years to complete the thesis requirement, as students must fund their thesis films entirely on their own.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Fine Arts
- Specialization: Film Production
- Subject: Creative and Performing Arts
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Visit the Film Production (MFA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MFA Film Production Program require, as a prerequisite, an undergraduate degree in film or video production or the equivalent in experience. Applicants also require a portfolio of completed films as a primary creator (director, writer or producer). These films can be any length or genre.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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