CCNY BFA 2013 Red Carpet Thesis Screening

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On Wednesday, May 29th 2013, The City of College’s selective Film and Video Program will be hosting it’s annual BFA Thesis Screenings. This year, there will be a Red Carpet Entrance of the Directors of the Thesis Films.

Please join us at 5:30PM for a night of celebration and screenings of CCNY’s best short films from the graduates of 2013.


Admission to BFA Program 2014

Admission to BFA Program 2014

25 students are admitted to the BFA program every fall semester through an application process and by meeting the admissions criteria. You must apply in the spring semester preceding the fall semester you plan to start. You also need to have completed or be in the process of completing the three pre-requisite courses MCA 10100, 10500, and 12100 when applying. Transfer students may receive transfer credit for some or all of these courses subsequent to a transcript evaluation done by the BFA program. The program does not accept first-semester freshman and most students start the BFA program in their sophomore or junior year.

Admission to the BFA in Film & Video program requires you to be a student already admitted or in the process of being admitted to CCNY. If you are not currently a student at CCNY or you are a transfer student, application forms to the college are available through the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, A-100, 212-650-6977/6448. Students must apply separately to the BFA program through a second application process. Applications forms to the BFA program are available in the Department of Media & Communication Arts, Shepard Hall 472, 212-650-7167 or by clicking “Application” to the right.

Transfer students should take special care in coordinating their transfer to the college, applying to the BFA program, and satisfying the pre-requisite courses mentioned above. Students should first get a transcript evaluation of their core courses done through the academic advisors in the Division of Humanities and Arts, NAC 5/225, 212-650-8166. If you are transferring from another film and video program or have taken courses related to media, you must then get your course work evaluated through the academic advisors of the BFA program in MCA. This is to determine if any transfer credits can be applied to the three pre-requisite courses or for any other courses in the BFA curriculum



When are applications due and when will I find out if I am accepted?
Applications are accepted during the spring semester and are due May 24th, 2013. We also accept applications during the summer but the chances of the program reaching its maximum number of students increases the longer you wait. Applicants will be notified of their status  generally 1-2 weeks after applications are due.

Can I take courses in the BFA program without being a major?
The only courses open to non-BFA students are the pre-requisite courses MCA 10100, 10500, and 12100. All other courses are open only to students matriculated in the BFA program.

Why are only 25 students admitted to the program?
In order to maintain the “hands-on” philosophy of the program, we limit the number of students admitted to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio in the production and craft courses, and to allow for maximum student access to equipment and facilities. The application process is not intended to exclude or limit access to the program, which runs counter to the mission statement of CCNY, but to have a fair and equitable way to fill a limited number of seats.

How competitive is it to get in?
If you meet the minimum GPA requirement, have done well in the pre-requisite courses (or their equivalents), and have a good portfolio that demonstrates basic technical and storytelling skills, your chances of being accepted are good as long as there are slots still available.

Why must I take the pre-requisite courses?
The pre-requisite requirements are in place so that you understand what the major is about, the kind of courses to expect in the program, and are academically prepared to succeed in the major.

Why are first-semester freshmen not accepted?
The BFA curriculum is based in the liberal arts and students need to have a good foundation in the humanities by completing some of their general education requirements before they start the program. In addition, we feel freshman need to adjust to college life at CCNY, both socially and academically, before they enter the BFA program.

When should I start the program, as a sophomore or a junior?
It’s a personal decision and depends on how you want to coordinate the completion of the BFA program with your eventual graduation. The BFA Film & Video major is a continuous 4-semester, 2-year program of study so if you start it as a sophomore, you will complete it before your senior year. You will then need another semester or more to finish your general education and/or elective course work in order to graduate with 120 credits. If you start the program as a junior, you will have already completed most of your general education and elective courses and will most likely graduate CCNY at the same time you complete the BFA program.

If I apply in the spring, what fall courses should I register for if I don’t whether or not I have been accepted into the program?
As a precaution, register for fall courses as if you did not get into the BFA program. You will at least have a schedule of classes and it is easy enough for us to change it if you are accepted.

Can I still take general education or elective classes while in the BFA program?
Yes, but your BFA courses and class schedule takes priority so you must plan your other courses and the number of credits you take accordingly.

Can I choose which BFA classes I can take each semester?

No, courses for all 4 semesters that you are in the BFA program are pre-determined and must be taken in the sequence and semester they are offered. The BFA program is structured on the philosophy that you learn best when you are engaged with different aspects of the filmmaking process in the same semester. Therefore, in each semester of the program you will always have a production course, a theory or history class, and a craft course (i.e., editing, screenwriting, sound, etc.).  

What scholarships or grants are available to incoming students?

Five $1,000 College Media Scholars awards are available to first-year BFA students. The department gives out other scholarships and awards only to upper juniors, seniors, and graduating students.

Does the MCA Department or BFA Film & Video Program have a career or work placement program?
There is no “formal” program to help students find work after graduation. However, we do help students find internships, which can be used for course credit and often lead to industry contacts. NYC is the media capital of the world so opportunities to find work are abundant.

Admission to the BFA Film and Video Program at The City College of New York

The mission of the BFA Film & Video program is to teach the art and craft of filmmaking, explore the history and theory of film and video, and to provide intensive hands-on experience utilizing the latest technology in fiction and documentary media production. Embedded in a liberal arts academic environment, the program nurtures students to discover their own creative voice and provides them with the knowledge and diverse skills to enter an ever-changing media world, or to continue their studies in a graduate program.

The BFA degree in Film & Video requires the completion of a minimum of 54 credits, which includes the pre-requisite courses MCA 10100, MCA 10500, and MCA 12100. The BFA program of study starts in the fall semester and is completed in a continuous and pre-determined 4-semester, 2-year cycle. Not all courses in the curriculum are offered every semester and a student who does not complete a course will be “out of sequence” and will have to wait a year for the course to be offered again.

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average within the major in order to remain matriculated in the program. Two consecutive semesters of BFA courses below 3.0 GPA will prevent a student from registering for classes in the program. Transcripts are reviewed at the end of every semester to determine your GPA and status in the program.

Thesis Projects
A thesis project is required of all students graduating with a BFA degree. You will have the option to choose one of the following three for your thesis project and you must declare your project by the end of the Fall II semester (the 3rd semester in the 4 semester cycle).

  1. a film or video production that is no longer than 10 mins.
  2. a fiction screenplay no longer than 30 pages.
  3. a 25-50 page research paper in an area of critical studies.

These options allow you to develop a thesis project that reflects your personal interest and strengths whether it is in production, as a screenwriter, or in the area of critical studies. The BFA program reserves the right to determine the final number of thesis projects in each category.

Equipment & Facilities
Undergraduate students in the BFA Film and Video program use Bolex, Arri-S 16mm film cameras and Mini-DV and HD video cameras. Location and studio lighting equipment are available as well as sound recording and audio equipment. Editing facilities consists of non-linear digital editing labs with Final Cut Pro editing software and Macintosh computer systems. In addition, the department has film and video projection theatres, two production studios, a “black box” theatre space, and a resource center.

WELCOME to the BFA Program, Film and Video Production

First established in 1941 as the Masters Institute of Film Techniques, the BFA Film & Video Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at CCNY is arguably the oldest continuous film program in the country. It is the only undergraduate program in the CUNY system to offer a BFA degree in film and video.

The curriculum offers a broad range of fundamental technical and critical studies courses in the art and craft of fiction and documentary production. Courses such as screenwriting, editing, and directing prepare students to produce their own 16mm film and digital video projects. In addition, students take classes in film history, theory, and aesthetics to complement their production skills. The program’s emphasis is on single-camera fiction and documentary field production.