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The Film BFA Program

The film program provides highly motivated and talented students with intensive training in all aspects of filmmaking. Students develop significant skills in directing, cinematography, editing, production, scriptwriting, and film analysis. By the end of the sophomore year, students consult with the film faculty and choose to focus on either fiction, documentary, or experimental film in their junior year.

The primary emphasis of the BFA program is on directing. At the end of the junior year, however, film majors who have demonstrated exceptional talent in cinematography or screenwriting have the option of specializing in those areas, subject to approval by the board of study. The board’s decision is based on demonstration of the student’s technical and artistic proficiency.

Film majors enjoy a high equipment-to-student ratio and have access to a fully equipped sound stage, mix studio, equipment store, screening rooms, and digital editing studios.

About Our Alumni
More than 85 percent of film program alumni have found work in the film and television industries. A list of representative alumni is available on the film program site (

Film Faculty (Board of Study)
Richard Abramowitz, BFA, New York University
Iris Cahn, MA, New York University
Brandon Harris, BFA, Purchase College
Daniel Kang, BFA, Purchase College
Edwin Martinez, EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Lawrence O’Neil, BFA, Purchase College
Brian Paccione, MFA, Columbia University
Alex Orlovsky, BA, University of Pennsylvania
Alan McIntyre Smith, BA, University of Notre Dame
John Young, BFA, Purchase College
J.D. Zeik, BA, Purchase College

Contributing Faculty:
Cinema Studies faculty
Sara Magenheimer (New Media)
Conservatory of Theatre Arts:
Denise Bessette (Acting)

For additional information:
School of Film and Media Studies Faculty

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