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BFA in Independent Filmmaking - Directing and Producing

A three-year full-time programme (180 higher education credits)

Filmmaking is a collaborative process in which the ability to cooperate is of vital importance. The students are encouraged both to develop their own independent powers of critical thinking and to find their own personal stance in relation to research and development in the art of cinematic narrative.

Practical and theoretical training are offered in workshop and seminar form, and are based on a methodology whereby learning is problem-based. Exams are in the form of continuous assessment and take place in directing seminars held by our teachers. These seminars are attended by all the students and teachers for each respective programme and year.

Since our emphasis is on visual narration as a whole, we make no distinction between feature and documentary films.

During the first year, coursework concentrates on the basic methodologies of film and moving pictures, as well as cinematic representation and imagery in documentary films. In the second year, training has a free-ranging kind of approach, providing advanced experience of film narration through feature film projects. Studies in the third year become increasingly individualised and are orientated towards professional life and film production. As part of their advanced studies, students complete a project of their own choice, a degree project and a final essay.

This programme is based on alternating practical work and theoretical subjects. The latter include studies in film history, film analysis and drama, as well as policy matters related to the world of film, the world of the arts and the world of media.

This programme is run in close collaboration with the Academy of Music and Drama, where courses in acting and directing for the camera are offered.

Six students are admitted to this programme every other year.
The next application period is 1 December 2017 - 15 January 2018.

General admissions requirements

The language of instruction in all programmes is Swedish. Excellent skills in written and spoken Swedish are essential. A complete leaving certificate from upper secondary school is required together with documented experience of creative work in filmmaking.

The admission procedure consists of a written application, interviews and entrance tests. It is conducted over a long period of time. During part of the process, applicants are required to come to the school in person, at their own expense. There are many applicants to our programmes; only a limited number of students are, however, finally admitted.

The Film unit of the Valand Academy only accepts applications for entire programmes. We are not able to accept students on an exchange programme basis.

For detailed information about the application process visit the Swedish webpage.

Page Manager: Anna Holgén|Last update: 10/12/2017

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