Film BFA Degree

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Go from film major to filmmaker in this BFA Program.

Our nationally-ranked Film degree at Ringling College gets you industry-ready. Boldly tell your story through narrative or choose our new branded entertainment track. Learn to write, produce, direct, edit, and so much more.

Be the next generation of great filmmakers, content creators, and visual storytellers at Ringling College’s Film school. Immerse yourself in all aspects of the industry including cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting, post-production, directing, and producing all on our 8,400 sq. ft. soundstage. Students can focus on narrative film or branded entertainment - you choose! Create 3-5 films your first year, work with industry leaders on our professional sound stage, and connect with alumni who have gone on to work for Netflix, Comedy Central, MTV, and NBC to name a few.


Ringling Film students will select from two areas of emphasis:


The Narrative emphasis teaches students that story leads the process and dictates the visual evolution of a film. Students will learn all the elements of the film production process and components of successful film endeavors, including the ability to demonstrate effective and compelling screenwriting, cinematography, directing, editing, production design and producing.


The Branded Entertainment emphasis teaches students to create dynamic film and video content with a highly branded quality that cuts through the clutter, taps into consumers’ passion points and engages them through entertainment. Students will be prepared to work in creative fields that demand knowledge of storytelling, branding, strategic thinking, concept development, script writing, content development, film and video production.

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Film: Awards & Accolades


variety's mentor of the year for film major

Bradley Battersby, Department Head of the Film program, has been named Variety's 2017 Mentor of the Year.


top 20 film school for film major

The Hollywood Reporter ranked Ringling College among the “Top 25 American Film Schools”. Moving up a spot from last year to #16, we are the youngest film school on the list. 


Film Alumni: Where are they now?

Our alumni work on some of the biggest sets in the industry.


Our graduates contributed to these major projects, to name just a few.


51 Minds

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

ABC Television

AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Mel Brooks


Comedy Central

Comedy Central Roast of James Franco

Dick Clark Productions


Don Mischer Productions

Girl Flu (feature film)

Live From New York 

The MTV Movie Awards

The Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards

NBC Television

Saints Row 4

Savaged (feature film)



See more career opportunities on our career support page.


Turning Passion Into Profession


Opportunities for Film students

Studio Lab
The Ringling College Studio Lab program is an opportunity to work top-tier industry professionals. This program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with well known leaders in the industry, such as Tim Blake Nelson, Justin Long, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright, who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.
Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 

ART Network
Join our official campus television network and learn to interview, shoot, produce, and broadcast meaningful content taking place on our campus and in our community. Support the arts community, spreading the word about both local talent and international artists and designers while gaining hands-on experience in TV production.

The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.



Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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