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The 1 Year Program in Film Production at Beijing Film Academy (BFA) is a one year program for international students taught in Chinese. Our courses in the program have been divided into four categories: Production, Technique, Technology, Historical and Theoretical classes. At least 50% of all courses will be taught in the Production aspect, which gives our students a hands-on approach to film making.

We believe that students must navigate the world of film making by first examining all of its parts and figuring out which part fits best for them.

1 Year Program in Film Production

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Course Content

    • Details
    • Photography
    • Technique Basics of Cinematography
    • Digital Image-Processing
    • Visual Expression and Thinking
    • Camera Operating
    • Editing Basics
    • Commercial & Music Video Production
    • Film Lighting Basics
    • Digital Post-Production
    • Documentary Film Production
    • Sound Recording Basics
    • Basic Screenwriting
    • Directing (Directing Major Only)
    • Stage Performing (Directing Major Only)
    • Advanced Screenwriting (Directing Major Only)
    • Advanced Cinematography (Cinematography Major Only)
    • Intermediate Cinematography (Cinematography Major Only)
    • Advanced CGI Trainings (Post-production Major Only)
    • Literature
    • Chinese Culture and History
    • Chinese Language for International Students
    • Art History
    • Academic Writing
    • Film History
    • Film Analyzing
  1. Must hold a non-Chinese passport for at least 4 years. Applicants should have lived in a foreign country for over 2 years.
  2. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  3. Must meet the health requirements met by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Health.


Located in Beijing, in the north of China, Beijing Film Academy just has one campus. Non-degree students and Degree students are both welcomed by the BFA. All the international students can live on campus, and accommodation is just about RMB 75~110 per person a day.

International students’ dormitory is at International School on campus.


  • The dormitory with independent toilet that can take a shower, public kitchen with refrigerators & laundry room.
  • Air-condition, central heating, telephone, TV and closest、safe box etc.


About the University Summary

BFA (Beijing Film Academy) is the only film academy in China and the largest film academy in Asia. Through 65 years’ development, it has built up a multidisciplinary and multilevel cultivation system that embraces the entire spectrum of film-making, including production, teaching, creation and research for training advanced film talents. The famous Chinese directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Jia Zhangke and Gu Changwei all graduated from BFA – the cradle of Chinese film producers.

Our teaching philosophy is “prioritizing technological basis and fostering artistic spirit”. For decades, BFA has educated thousands of movie practitioners for China. Of the directors, photographers, artists and sound engineers who are currently active in China’s filmmaking business, over half had graduated from BFA. Several BFA graduates have won international film festival awards such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice for many times.

China has become the world’s fastest-growing film market. In 2012, China witnessed a box office of $ 2.7 billion, becoming the world’s second largest film market after the United States. With an annual output of over 600 feature films, China now has a growing need for filmmaking talents.

We welcome young people from all over the world who love movie industry and are willing to work in filmmaking area to join BFA and learn the art and skill of filmmaking together with Chinese students. We hope film talents from different cultural backgrounds can mingle and grow together here in BFA.

The University Combines resources over and above the ordinary to deliver one of the greatest education systems in the world. Get detailed information about their campus, departments, and application time schedules by downloading the brochure. Apply to speak with your personal Program Advisor

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