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BFA in Production - How to Apply

BFA in Production

Admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University is based on both academic and artistic criteria. The University reviews your academic history, while artistic admissibility is assessed by the Department of Film.

We are looking for bright, ambitious people from a variety of backgrounds who share our passion for working with, and understanding, the moving image.  Overall, our applicants have strong academic backgrounds, as well as film and video production or other creative credentials.

Application to the Film Production program is a two-step process:

1. Apply to York University

Submit your application to the York University: Fine Arts - Film Production (BFA) program on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) website.  If you are not a current high school student, you may also be eligible to apply directly through the York University Office of Admissions. Current York students interested in transfering to the program should contact the department directly to apply.

2. Complete the Supplementary Evaluation

Once you have completed Step 1 (above) and received your York Reference Number from our Office of Admissions, you can access your supplementary evaluation.

Supplementary Evaluation fee: $60 (payable by Visa, Master Card or American Express)

The supplementary evaluation for our Film Production program consists of:

a. Portfolio, consisting of either:

  • 1 or 2 films (or excerpts of 1 or 2 films) of which you were the director, cinematographer/videographer or editor.  The porfolio should be no more than 15 minutes in total.
  • OR up to 20 photographs, visual art pieces or visual documentations of an artistic project that you created/developed

You will be able to upload your portfolio online in the supplementary evaluation.

You will also be asked to discuss your portfolio in detail, and tell us (in 400 words): What was your intent with the work(s) submitted in your portfolio? How successful were you? What did you learn? What are your sources of inspiration in film or other arts? How does the finished piece reflect what is important to you in film?

b. ​​Two recommendations.  You will be asked to provide us with the contact information for your two recommenders. We will contact them directly to complete the online recommendation form and upload a recommendation letter. Please notify your recommenders prior to submitting their contact information to us.

c. Interview (for short-listed applicants). Your supplementary evaluation materials (a-b), along with your most recent available grades, will be reviewed by faculty in the Department of Film. 

Based on the results of this review, short-listed applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview on Saturday, March 8. The day will also include film screenings, a tour of our facilities, and other opportunities to get to know our program.  Please keep this day free!

We strongly encourage all our applicants to attend the on-campus day as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience.  However if you live more than 400km away from York University, or have other extenuating circumstances that preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange a distance evaluation.

Note: If you are also applying to the BFA in Screenwriting, you must complete a second online application for that program.

Additional Program Information:

Do you have more questions about the application or evaluation process for this program? Want to know more about your next steps? Ask finearts@yorku.ca.


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