2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Film (B.F.A.)

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College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design,
Nicholson School of Communication, Room: 121

Email: svadadvising@ucf.edu

Phone: 407-823-2676

Admission Requirements

  • The Film BFA major is a limited access program.
  • Entrance into most Film classes is restricted to majors. Exceptions must be approved by the Department Chair.
  • Applications to become a Film BFA major are required by December 15 for admission to the subsequent Fall term.
  • A portfolio review is required for entry into the Film BFA major. Contact the School of Visual Arts and Design for details, or visit the website, http://www.svad.cah.ucf.edu.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students are required to maintain an overall average grade of “B” (3.0) or better in Film major courses.
  • A maximum of six credit hours of internship may be earned in one semester. A total of six credit hours of internship may be earned within the 120 credit hours required for graduation.
  • Students must consult with a departmental advisor each semester.
  • All students are required to pay a fee for equipment insurance.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 48 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Film Department.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

See Transfer Notes for possible substitutions.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Math (3 Credit Hours)

Statistics-Computers (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (3 Credit Hours)

1 See transfer notes for possible substitutions.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (21 Credit Hours)

Lower level core requirements

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (36 Credit Hours)

Upper level core requirements

1 Six semesters of colloquium required at 1 hour each.

Restricted Electives (12 Credit Hours)

  • Select four courses from the following. Must complete all core requirements before taking these courses. A maximum of 6 hours of Independent Study may be substituted with advisor’s prior approval.

Screen Writing

Digital Cinema

Capstone Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


  • Select primarily from upper level courses, with departmental advisor’s approval. May be outside of the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • A student must maintain an overall average of a “B” (3.0) or better in major courses.
  • Department of Film requires an exit interview.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $45 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $90 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Summer (8 Credit Hours)

  • Foreign Language Elementary Level I Credit Hours: 4
  • Foreign Language Elementary Level II Credit Hours: 4

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Upper Level FIL Elective Credit Hours: 3

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