The Film, B.F.A. prepares aspiring filmmakers for a professional career in film production. It is a limited-access program. Only a select number of students are invited to join the program each year. The application process for this track includes a separate program application and creative portfolio. Applications are received between October 15 and December 15 each year. Full details of the process are outlined below.
Apply to UCF Undergraduate Admissions
The Film B.F.A. accepts incoming students only for the fall semester. Incoming students can not begin taking Film B.F.A. classes in the spring or summer semesters. In order to be accepted into the Film B.F.A. program in time for an upcoming fall semester, you MUST be enrolled at UCF before that fall semester starts. That means you are either currently enrolled at UCF or have been admitted as an undergraduate by applying to UCF through Undergraduate Admissions and have selected Film as your prospective major.
Read Portfolio Specifications
Assemble a creative portfolio that meets all the specifications listed in the Portfolio Specifications (see Portfolio tab above). Portfolios that don't meet the requirements will not be considered. All sections of the portfolio should be submitted online.
Apply to the School of Visual Arts & Design and Submit Creative Portfolio
The Film B.F.A. Application must be completed online and include your portfolio. If your application was submitted successfully, the "Status" page of your application will say "Pending" and it will also tell you the date and time of your last successful submission. The application is open for submissions from October 15 until the deadline of December 15
When the selection committee completes its review, e-mail notifications will be posted as accepted, denied or alternate. Accepted applicants must follow the directions in the e-mail to confirm intent to attend the program. Should accepted students choose not to attend the program or not confirm intent to attend, the position will be given to an alternate. Alternate applicants may be contacted until the beginning of the Fall semester.
Declare your Major
If you are accepted into the Film B.F.A. program you will be asked to fill out a Limited Access Change of Major Form when you attend the university's orientation.
The portfolio must be submitted with your electronic application. The following should be uploaded with your application (see Application tab above).
All the sections noted below must be combined into one PDF file, not as separate pages.
For assistance, please refer to combine documents into one PDF.
Your final submission should consist of the following.
- Transcripts (no more than 10 pages.)
- The essay (one page no more than 250 words.)
- The Creative pages (maximum of 7 pages and a minimum of 3 pages. All files must be two megabytes or less in size.)
- Optional Activities Page (1 page)
All the sections noted above must be combined into one file, not as separate pages.
For assistance, please refer to combine documents into one PDF.
Transcript (no more than 10 pages.)
Applicants are required to submit an unofficial transcript of your most recent and highest level of education. If you are or will be a high school graduate, submit the most recent transcripts and current GPA. If you are a college graduate or will be, submit the most recent transcripts and GPA for your highest level of education. If you are currently a UCF student, send your most recent set of UCF transcripts and GPA.
An unofficial transcript is a copy that you upload. We do NOT require a mailed-in, sealed envelope. Transcripts are accepted electronically only. Obtain a copy of your transcripts from your high school or university, scan them, and upload them with the rest of your application. This should be in PDF or JPEG format.
Essay (one page no more than 250 words.)
Describe a project that you would like to make (direct/write/etc) in the BFA program. Explain why this genre/style/approach is important to you as a filmmaker/artist. You are encouraged to discuss important films and directors as influences to support your explanation.The word count should be 250 or less. This should be in PDF or Word document (.doc or .docx).
Creative Pages (maximum of 7 pages and a minimum of 3 pages. All files must be two megabytes or less in size.)
Provide samples of any creative work. You may also use one of your creative pages to list extracurricular activities or jobs that you want us to know about. The following items are examples of what can be included in the Creative Pages of the portfolio:
- Writing: Short Story, Short Screenplay or Stage Play, Pages from a longer Screenplay, Pages from a longer Stage Play, Poetry, Critical Analysis Essays or Papers
- 2D Artwork: Drawings, Paintings, Storyboards
- Photographs of 3D Artwork: Sculpture
Limit your upload submission to a maximum of 7 pages and a minimum of 3 pages. All files must be two megabytes or less in size.
With writing submissions, consider each printed page to be one page of your total number of creative pages. For example: a 3 page screenplay excerpt, a 2 page short story, and 2 photographs would be considered 7 creative pages; 1 for the screenplay excerpt, 1 for the short story, and 2 for the photographs.
All pages must be combined into one file, not as separate pages. For assistance, please refer to this link on how to combine documents into one PDF. The maximum total creative page count is 7; the minimum total page count is 3, and all files must be two megabytes or less in size. This should be submitted as one PDF file.
Optional Activities Page (1 page)
You are welcome to add a page that includes activities and accomplishments that are not reflected in your transcript or creative pages.
The Optional Items (References and Optional project) are submitted through their own tab on the submission page. They are not part of the single PDF file described above.
References are optional. You may list two people, not related to you, whom we may contact for further information about your artistic and academic abilities. (Note: this is not a guarantee that contact will be made). Be sure to secure their permission first. Include phone numbers, best times to call, and e-mail addresses. DO NOT SEND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.
Video or Sound Project
This element is optional. If you choose to submit a video as part of your application, it must be submitted via Vimeo (view uploading instructions). If you choose to submit a sound project as part of your application (ex. music composition), it must be submitted via SoundCloud (view uploading instructions). These are the only acceptable methods of submission. Mail in/walk in DVDs, CDs, tapes, or other website URLs will not be accepted.
You should title your uploaded project "B.F.A. Portfolio Submission: YOUR TITLE HERE." DO NOT put "UCF Film" in the title of your uploaded project. Please put the correct URL address for your Vimeo video or SoundCloud audio in the space provided. Please do not password protect your videos. Please list the project title and your role(s) in its creation in the spaces provided.
Video or sound projects must be 3 minutes or less in total running time (if a video, time limit includes the credits).
- Keep your portfolio short and strong. A concise portfolio of your best work is most effective
- Keep your video or sound projects short and strong. Less is always more
- If you submit a video or sound project, make clear your role on the project, especially if there are joint credits given to more than one person
- The department considers a student ready for the B.F.A program if the student has developed evidence of strength in at least one of the following areas: Visual, Writing, Voice, and Critical Thinking. Voice is a measurement of the candidate's distinctive approach to life and art, as well as confidence and capability of cinematically saying what they want to say.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be accepted to the University of Central Florida in order to apply to the Film B.F.A.?
No. You can apply to both at the same time, or one before the other. But if you are accepted into the Film B.F.A., you must be accepted to the university before you can enroll.
Does the School of Visual Arts & Design want my transcripts?
During the application process, you must upload a PDF copy of your current transcript.
Do you want unofficial or official transcripts?
We want unofficial. Simply obtain a copy of your transcripts from your high school or university, scan them, and upload them with the rest of your application.
How do I get unofficial transcripts?
They are called "official" when they are in a sealed envelope, stamped by the school and delivered to the school to which you are applying. "Unofficial" simply means that you opened the envelope and broke the seal before it reached wherever you were applying to.
This is my first semester in college and I don't have any grades on my transcript, what should I do?
You can print out a degree audit and write in your professors' names next to the classes you are taking and what your grade is thus far.
My files aren't uploading. What do I do?
Make sure that they are no larger than 2MB in size. The filename must have a length less than 255 characters. If it is a Word document, it must be in Word 97-2003 format. If you are still having technical problems e-mail email@example.com.
I forgot my password, how can I request it?
You can request your password to be e-mailed to you through the Request Password utility.
I used the Request Password utility, and it's not coming to my e-mail address. What's wrong?
Make sure your e-mail is not blocking firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your junk mail and bulk e-mail settings. If you still are still having difficulties receiving it, e-mail email@example.com. Include your first and last name, and the e-mail address you are using to apply.
How do I know my application was submitted successfully?
Upon completion, the application website will indicate that your submission was successful, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail. The "Status" page of your application will say "Pending," and it will also tell you the date and time of your last successful submission.
Do I have to use all 7 pages for the application portfolio?
No, 7 pages is the maximum.
Can I have less than 3 pages for the application portfolio?
No, 3 pages is the minimum.
Do I have to put everything online including my optional video?
Everything must be submitted online. Anything mailed will not be considered.
What if my music isn't copyrighted?
That's not a problem: you can still upload your project.
Does the time limit for the optional video include credits?
The time limit is a maximum that includes the credits.
When exactly is the deadline?
All materials must be completed, uploaded, and submitted (not just saved) by end of day, midnight on December 15. At 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 16, submissions will no longer be accepted.
What is the department looking for in my work?
The department considers a student ready for the B.F.A program if the student has developed evidence of strength in at least one of the following areas: Visual, Writing, Voice, and Critical Thinking. Voice is a measurement of the candidate's distinctive approach to life and art, as well as confidence and capability of cinematically saying what they want to say.
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