The Film School FAQ

The Film School FAQ


The Film School at SFUAD has created a relevant, forward-looking curriculum to help our graduates navigate the ever-changing film industry with flexibility and expertise. Today, new film platforms are constantly emerging: people are watching videos on their iPads and mobile devices, and Netflix and YouTube are developing their own content using hired professionals. Computer-generated imagery has become so pervasive that it’s now a foundational element of filmmaking. Making a feature film is no longer a filmmaker’s sole end goal, the film industry is no longer anchored in Hollywood, and most consumption of film is happening outside the movie theatre. All these new avenues have opened up myriad options for young filmmakers. Our BFA in Film offers intensive study that prepares students for cinematography careers across the industry. You’ll learn principles of feature filmmaking as well as how to meet the growing demand for content and its delivery via TV, the Web, and new media platforms. You’ll stay informed and knowledgeable about the evolving technology and paradigms of the entertainment industry. Core classes for all students cover the fundamentals of storytelling, production, CGI/animation, and “the business of the business.” From this foundation, you can choose the concentration that best matches your interests and talents for a deeper engagement with your craft. SFUAD’s Film degrees offer everything you need to get started in the filmmaking industry.

Film Degrees FAQ’S

Are Film degrees worth it?

The simple answer is yes, and with professional Hollywood sound stages and required internships The Film School at SFUAD allows students to work in the industry before ever graduating. Our students get internships on feature films and TV shows – like WGN’s “Manhattan,” Netflix’s “Longmire,” and popular and acclaimed Hollywood films that come to our on-campus facilities at Garson Studios (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Iron Man 2,” and more). To learn more about the internships and unique imitative to SFUAD, click here! Here is what some of our students have to say about a film degree being worth it:

“I’m building connections and actually starting to make money in the field that I want to work in.” Amy (‘16), The Film School

“SFUAD is tight-knit, like a little Hollywood. I feel now more than ever that this is so possible, to have a career in Film.” Austin (‘16), The Film School

What can I do with a film degree?

Students who have a film degree learn the skills necessary to work across the industry, finding jobs in areas such as: Cinematographer, Director, Screenwriter, Distributor, Editor, Producer, Special Effects Artist/Editor, and even lighting technician to name just a few. Learn more about the careers available to you here.

What types of film degrees are available?

  • BFA Film, Accelerated: Enter the Film industry in just three years
  • BFA Film, Production: Learn to make a film through creative development, cinematography, audio design, directing, and producing.
  • BFA Film, Visual Effects/Animation: Learn techniques of digital animation and visual effects, including 3D modeling, rendering, and compositing; pre-visualization techniques; and post-production editing and effects.
  • BFA Film, Story Development: leverage your stories across multiple platforms: feature films, episodic television, web series, documentaries, emergent media, and more. Get ready to blow the writer’s room apart.
  • BFA Film, Post Production: everything from picture editing; to sound-editing and sound design; to the application of a variety of post-production tools and workflows that further manipulate captured sound and image.

BA vs BFA in Film: What’s the difference between them?

Our Film school provides a BFA only track, which means students receive a much more concentrated education in their discipline. A BA is usually a general overview, whereas are BFA has required internships and gets your studying your major on the very first day. In fact, we give you a brand new camera at orientation, so that you can start making films from day one! Learn more about our Camera in Every Hand initiative here.

Does SFUAD offer BFA Acting degrees as part of the film school?

The Film School does not offer acting degrees, however, our Performing Arts department does and we train students to be the complete actor. You will acquire the skills you need for acting on stage, film, television, webisodes, voiceover, commercials, and more. Also, did we mention our Performing Arts department has been named the top 5 in the USA outside of Los Angeles by Backstage Magazine? Learn how to become the complete actor here!

What are the requirements for a film degree?

Click below to see detailed major requirements outlining your degree track as a student at SFUAD!

How do I apply to The Film School?

Students who apply to the film school will be required to submit an online application, send transcripts, and upload a portfolio and a personal statement in order to be considered for admissions.