The Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinematic arts is a preferred admission program with a competitive application process. The program is designed for exceptional students seeking to hone their craft and artistic vision within the realm of filmmaking and the entertainment industry. Students accepted into the program have up to four semesters to further their skill sets, including a yearlong thesis.
There is no direct admission to the B.F.A. degree program. Students in their sophomore year are encouraged to apply, while juniors with extensive filmmaking-related portfolios are also eligible to apply for the program.
Incoming students who select cinematic arts as their intended major on their IU application are administratively moved to the media major’s concentration in film, television, and digital production. After three semesters, you may submit an application to the B.F.A. program.
Applications for the B.F.A. are typically due in February for a subsequent fall semester program start. Exact deadlines can be found on the current application page.
Both the B.A. in media and the B.F.A. offer valuable skills and hands-on experience. B.F.A. courses are sequenced to emphasize the transition from introduction to mastery. The B.F.A. includes a two-semester thesis, with a thesis production course first semester and a thesis postproduction course subsequently. The B.F.A. opens students up to a deeper understanding of their chosen genre and additional guidance and mentorship.
The application includes a personal statement, two samples of creative work and the contact information for one to three faculty members with whom you have worked.
Depending on the timeline and year of entry, B.F.A. advisors will work with students to ensure they meet their academic goals. It is possible to participate in both, though the B.F.A. program is designed to include the two-semester thesis in back-to-back semesters.