BFA Acedemic overview

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

Our goal is to educate filmmakers who think responsibly and in a humanistic manner, artists who have an individual approach, their own form of expression and use their creative powers in defense of the dignity of man, depicting the reality billowing on around us. It is a question of worldview that has to influence work of young filmmakers and it is based on strong, solid moral of filmmaking. Thus the main aim of this film school would primarily be the instruction of filmmakers who can give their own answers to social progressions.
Time of study is 3 years.

BFA YEAR 1

In the first year each student has to learn the basic aspects of filmmaking. Programme on the first year is mainly dedicated to documentary filmmaking and will concentrate on relations between reality, society and film and on creation of content that covers these acknowledgments.  Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of arts and techniques of visual storytelling - cinematic space and time, introduction to cinematography, sound and editing techniques. This knowledge will provide the students with the basic narrative and visual literacy, which will help them in realization of their final project.  At the end of first year, every student has to produce an approximately 20 min. documentary or document-based film.

BFA YEAR 2

During the second year the students would first and foremost work with the relationship between literature and film, making literary adaptations, learning different dramaturgical structures; they have to master the key elements of cinematic narration like mise-en-scene, decoupage and montage; furthermore they have to understand the rules of character-building and portrayal and working with actors. At the end of the second year, each student should finalize an approximately 20 min. long fictional film in a dramatic genre of their choice.

BFA YEAR 3

During the third year students will mostly concentrate on their personal artistic development and their visual expression in terms of film language, using their professional training in the film arts and achieved knowledge in the liberal arts, film history, art history as well as the inspiration of all individual approaches they had chance to be introduced within master classes held by mentor, the leading professors of the courses and the worldwide recognized film professionals during previous semesters. The final year is also dedicated to preparation and realization of their final thesis work, the “degree film”.

During the 3-years programme students are constantly exposed to the film professionals and their mentorship within the workshops, which are created as a platforms of exchanging the experience and knowledge. The aim of final year is to provide an opportunity for students to successfully create a work of art which will led them forward to making the step onto the MFA Programs.


INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:

At the end of the 3-year programme students should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of the:

  • Filmmaking. Idea, synopsis, screenplay, storyboard, preparation for shooting, organisation of shooting, methods of shooting, film crew, postproduction.
  • Film art and technique. The techniques of photography, pre-cinematic inventions, phonography, camera, laboratory processing, projections. Working with actors
  • Theory (aesthetics) of film. Methodologies of analysis of images. The relationship of film to reality, the nature of the creative process, structures of a film work, film and other arts, film genres, the most important theories of film.
  • Materialistic history of film and history of concepts and practices of the image. Film movements and styles. The evolution of film expression. The greatest achievements of the art of film.
  • Authors, analyses of the most significant works, their place in history, their extent of influence or relevance in the evolution of film.
  • Film production – manufacture and industry, organisation of production, financing of production, distribution, screening.
  • Film and society, film politics, the film audiences and different screening places - from traditional cinema to galleries and installations. Manifestos, censorship, film criticism, film magazines and schools. The star system, the typology of “stars” regarding their socio-psychological significance.

COGNITIVE SKILS:

At the end of the programme students should be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and the concepts in the film practice.
  2. Identify critical awareness and responsibility for the image of different aesthetical approaches in filmmaking.
  3. Interpret visual styles through the film history and develop their own film style.
  4. Effectively communicate their ideas, decisions and instructions to the film crew

LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGIES TO BE USED:

Courses are conducted mainly in the form of workshops and seminars, held by mentor, leading professors of the courses and guest lecturers, where theoretical lectures and practical exercises will be merged. The students will get help with their practical realisation of films through continuous individual consultations with their mentor.

Experienced, renowned filmmakers and film artists join the programme (with previous discussion and preparation) for intensive one to four week sets. They work closely with the students, sharing their craft and practical knowledge through a collaborative process. Under the motto "How did you do it ...?" we invite mature and sensitive filmmakers that already succeed to liberate their phantasy and create strong films. The aim of those workshops is to give insight about different and authentic approaches of contemporary filmmaking.
Students should realize at least a short film or practical exercise per semester. This may be an individual project or a group work within the framework of a workshop. Furthermore they have to realize one final film project each year.

In their practical work, the students are encouraged to work in groups in which they take over various functions within the crew like cameraman, focus puller, sound engineer, first AD, etc. They also should share and discuss their filmmaking work and experience with other film students

ASSESSEMENT CRITERIA:

  1. Practical coursework: in-class and film screenings participation.
  2. Presentation on selected topics.
  3. Theoretical analyses of films in form of essays.
  4. Final exam that includes production of the final film.

AWARDING MECHANISM

Bachelor of FINE Arts in FILM DIRECTING

The grading and awarding of the degree will be done in accordance with existing regulations, policies and procedures of the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, as well as specified regulations, policies and procedures of department, Sarajevo Film Academy.

These special rules apply:
In order to be awarded the BFA degree; a candidate must pass every element of the degree programme.

  • The minimum passing grade is C, i.e. 60%.
  • Candidates who pass all elements of the degree programme with an average 86% or above will be awarded the masters degree with distinction.
  • Candidates who take an individual element of the program for training purposes may be considered for the award of a Certificate of SFA in that element.