Montclair State University BFA in Filmmaking

Degrees Offered
4 Year B.F.A.
Cinematography, Directing, Screenwriting, Film Studies
Yearly Tuition
$10k to $20k
Tuition Detail
$13,703 a year In-state, $21,033 Out of state Tuition... There is a plan for attracting students within NYC Metro (Parts o f Connecticutt, New York, PA) area to our program: See:
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Application Deadlines
Admission Deadline: March 1st for following Fall Semester.
Scholarship Consideration Deadline : January 15, for Fall Application
Acceptance Rate
This is rapidly changing while we grow, but last year it was about 50% acceptance.
Lowest Accepted GPA
Preferred above 3.0, but we accept lower sometimes within reason where the student is extremely talented in film, writing or has had reasons for a lower GPA.
Lowest Accepted SAT
SAT's not required. Though we like to see SAT and ACT scores if they are good.
Earliest Int. Notification
Usually in 2-6 weeks.
Earliest Interview
Only online applications, no interviews.
Earliest Decision
November 1st
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Filmmaking encourages and equips students to realize their artistic and career visions through observation, imagination, storytelling, and technical skills. Courses in directing, editing, cinematography, screenwriting and production prepare you to produce imaginative, professional, critically appreciated narrative, documentary, and experimental films.

Filmmaking embraces everything involving the moving image, including documentary and fictional blockbuster hits, cutting edge television, visionary independent films and edgy experimental work. As a Filmmaking BFA major, you will be encouraged to develop your personal vision and creative voice by producing works in various genres, culminating in your industry calling card: the senior year thesis film project. From your first day here, you will learn, practice and develop the skills that will prepare you for success in a rapidly growing industry.

Filmmaking is about telling stories. And, visual storytelling is at the foundation of the BFA in Filmmaking at Montclair State University. Our intensive conservatory style progression of course work gives our filmmaking majors a powerful foundation in the concepts of story. We know that everyone involved in the filmmaking process, be it the producer, director, cinematographer, production designer, gaffer, to the editor, must have a solid grasp of how to convey a powerful story.

The Filmmaking BFA at Montclair State is supported by a liberal arts and humanities curriculum that will develop your critical thinking skills and foster a global perspective for determining filmmaking subject matter. Courses in communication and media arts will prepare you for success in an evolving industry. To enhance career options after graduation, we intentionally correspond our course content to the needs of the filmmaking industry by hiring working professionals to teach courses and by offering practice-oriented seminars, the Film Institute at Montclair State screening and speaker series, and internships throughout the world. Our proximity to New York City – just 12 miles away by train – means students have opportunities to visit working film and television sets, as well as studios and post production houses.
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SAT Required?
Minimum GPA (according to school)
GRE Required?
Portfolio Required?
Film Copyright
Letters of Reference Req.
Not required, but they are accepted and read.
Class Size
19 in each class, there are 220 BFA Filmmakers overall now. Each cohort class is about 60 - 80 (we are growing)
Internship Opportunities
Many opportunities in NYC, and in LA
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