📖Introduction

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.

💰 Fees:

Total tuition is 18,000 RMB.

📅 Application deadline:

Application deadline are on January 15, June 30. This program starts in March, September.

📙 Program type:

Language

📍 Location:

Beijing

📚About the Program

Non-degree in Chinese Language at Beijing Film Academy (BFA)

Chinese language courses are offered by small class teaching in International School, which fall into four categories, Elementary,pre-intermediate Intermediate and Advanced courses. Students can choose the category suitable for their own Chinese level. Mean well, BFA gives overseas students an opportunity to study film languages in Chinese, which lays a good basis for them to continue their film major courses. In order to enrich overseas students’ part-time life and let them know more about Chinese culture, we also organize various trips and sightseeing each year.

🏫About Beijing Film Academy (BFA)

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.

Campus

Beijing Film Academy just has one campus, located in No.4 Xi tu cheng street HAIDIAN District Beijing.

The school is equipped with four professional studios that contain the latest in state-of-the-art equipment from the industries top suppliers such as ARRI, Red, Sony, Kino Flo, Panther and Steadicam. Modern Post-production and color grading facilities are also available such as Quantel and Da Vinci. Our library covers an area of 2057 square meters with the collection of 325,600 books and 1897.0GB e-books.

Throughout the year we host some of Asia’s major film festivals including The International Student Film and Video Festival. We also invite big name Directors, Actors, Producers and Cinematographers. Past guests have included James Cameron and Ang Lee.

About Cinematography Department

The Cinematography Department was established along with the Beijing Film Academy in 1950. For over 50 years the department has educated hundreds of specialized technicians who have made an impact not only in the Chinese film industry, but have gone on to be a part of exciting international productions.

The importance of the look and tone of a film falls on the Cinematographer or Director of Photography. That’s why at our department we not only pride ourselves on teaching the latest cutting edge techniques but we also finds a way for students to express their own individual language about the image.

Our department has faculty who have studied both locally and abroad and therefore we can offer a unique perspective about Eastern and Western techniques of shooting a film. Over the years the faculty, both old and new, have developed refined methods of teaching where students can easily grasp advanced concepts.

Students are given the opportunity to work with the newest camera and lighting equipment since we have partnerships will all the major camera companies like Arri and Red. We also believe that giving our students on-set experience is an essential step in the learning process.

Living in University

Beijing Film Academy organizes various activities for international students like Chinese Cultural Tours, visiting classical operas and other traditional art events, tea parties etc. BFA holds different forums and festivals.

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🏠 Accommodation

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.

Notes:
  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.

💰 Fees

Application fee:

$100 USD

Tuition fee:

18,000 RMB in total

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

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Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Photograph (Please upload a photo of yourself. This should be a passport type photo.)
  • Guarantor’s Passport
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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