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Film Production, Bachelor of Fine Arts (530P, 530)

Western Kentucky University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bowling Green

About this program

Film Production, Bachelor of Fine Arts (530P, 530)

The BFA in Film Production is a pre-professional major providing an immersive, conservatory-style educational experience for students pursuing a career in the film industry. Hands-on instruction in pre-production (writing, producing), production (directing, cinematography, production design), and post-production (editing, sound, visual effects) provides students foundational concepts and practical skills which are reinforced through their work on short films. Film studies courses emphasize critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history, and aesthetics.

BFA in Film Production students will rotate through “below the line” (technical) and “above the line” (creative) roles on two short film production cycles, leading to a final thesis film cycle where seniors choose an area of emphasis (directing, cinematography, producing, production design, editing, sound). By the time of their graduation, every BFA in Film Production student will be ready to enter the workplace with nearly 30 student film credits for their resumé.

Admission requirements

International Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • Minimum academic requirements: Freshmen: 2.5 GPA / Transfer:* 2.0 GPA
    • *Students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • SAT Critical Reading – 450
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 460
    • ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52
    • DuoLingo - 100 DET for one-semester Pathway program; 90 DET for two-semester Pathway program
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received. Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Financial Evidence of Supportmust be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out theTransfer-In Form

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year


  • Film Industry and Aesthetics
  • Introduction to the Cinema
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  • Basic Film Production
  • Screenwriting I
  • Colonnade
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Second Year


  • First Bi-Term
  • Film Directing I
  • Film Producing
  • Cinematography I
  • Production Design I
  • 2nd Bi-Term
  • Practicum: Pre-Production I
  • Practicum: Below-the-Line I
  • Practicum: Above-the-Line I


  • Film Sound
  • Film Editing I
  • Introduction to World Cinema
  • Colonnade
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Third Year


  • 1st or 2nd Bi-Term (Half of Cohort)
  • Screenwriting II
  • Film Directing II
  • Cinematography II
  • Production Design II
  • Film Editing II
  • Introduction to Film Genres
  • 1st or 2nd Bi-Term (Half of Cohort)
  • Practicum: Below-the-Line II


  • Practicum: Pre-Production II
  • Practicum: Below-the-Line III
  • Practicum: Above-the-Line II
  • Practicum: Post-Production I

Fourth Year


  • Film Capstone
  • Thesis Development
  • Practicum: Pre-Production III
  • Practicum: Above-the-Line III


  • Film Theory
  • Practicum: Post-Production II
  • Colonnade
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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Semester

  • Resident: $5,496
  • Military Veteran/Dependent Resident: $5,496
  • Non-Resident (Domestic): $13,500
  • Non-Resident (International):$13,824

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Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd.
42101 Bowling Green Kentucky
United States of America (USA)

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