Frequently Asked Questions
When are applications due?
Applications are accepted during the spring semester and are due May 19, 2015. Applications will be accepted after the deadline but the chances of the program reaching its maximum number of students increases the longer you wait.
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 of CCNY, but to have a fair and equitable way to fill a limited number of seats.
How competitive is it to get in?
It depends on how many qualified applications we get each year. 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 embedded 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. We also feel freshman need to adjust to college life at CCNY, both socially and academically, before they enter the BFA program.
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.
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 expected graduation date. 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 know whether or not I have been accepted into the program?
Register for fall courses as if you did not get into the BFA program. If you are accepted, it is easy enough for us to add your BFA courses and drop whatever courses you don't need or want.
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.).
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