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Film Production/Creative Writing

Degree Offered: M.F.A.



T. Scholte.

Associate Professors

S. McGowan, S. Walsh.

Assistant Professors

A. Bourges, W. Brown, I. Drljaca

Program Overview

The Film Program and the School of Creative Writing offer a joint Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Film Production and Creative Writing.

The Program is a two-year course of resident study and requires, as a prerequisite, an undergraduate degree in film production or the equivalent in experience, a portfolio of completed films as primary creator (director, writer or producer), and a portfolio of screenwriting.

For application requirements, please see the Film Program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Applicants must also first qualify for and be accepted into the M.F.A. in Film Production.

Program Requirements

Total of 36 credits:

  • 6 credits from:
    • FIPR 533 (6) Advanced Problems in Directing, or
    • FIPR 534 (6) Advanced Producing for Film and Television
  • 12 credits from CRWR 506 (6) Advanced Writing of Drama for Screen and Television and CRWR 514 d (6) Advanced Writing for Television I
  • Thesis 12/18: FIPR 549
    • 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 18 credits on a case-by-case basis.
    • Students must also complete a screenplay of substantial length.
  • Elective credits (if applicable) that may be from:
    • FIPR 535 (6) Advanced Alternative Cinema Production
    • FIPR 536 (6) Advanced Documentary Development and Production
    • FIST 534 (3/6) d Seminar in Film Studies

        Contact Information

        Film Production Program
        UBC Department of Theatre and Film
        6354 Crescent Road
        Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
        Tel: 604.822.3880 Ext. 0
        Fax: 604.822.5985

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