BFA in Screenwriting

Admission to the Screenwriting (BFA Honours) program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Cinema & Media Arts. Therefore, the application to the Screenwriting program is a two-step process.

Applications to this program are accepted for Fall and Summer entry.

You may apply to more than one AMPD program; however you must apply separately to each one.

Step:1 Apply to York University

You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Academic Requirements

Application Deadlines

Current York University students interested in transferring to the program should contact the Department of Cinema & Media Arts directly at cma@yorku.ca to apply.

Step 2: Complete the Supplementary Evaluation

In addition to applying for admission to York through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application, applicants to the Screenwriting program must complete a Supplementary Evaluation.

Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the supplementary evaluation. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Supplementary Evaluation for each one.


Screenwriting Supplementary Evaluation

The Supplementary Evaluation for the Screenwriting program includes a questionnaire, a portfolio and an interview.

The questionnaire requires that you submit a short essay on your reasons for wanting to focus your university studies in screenwriting.

Your writing portfolio should include your strongest creative writing in any form, e.g. prose, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting. The portfolio should be 8 to 10 pages in length, double-spaced, and consist of no more than three separate pieces of writing. Upload your portfolio as a single PDF file.

A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire and portfolio.

Your questionnaire (short essay) and portfolio, along with your most recent available grades, will be reviewed by our faculty members.

Based on the results of this review, short-listed applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. Interview days are scheduled in February and March. The day will also include film screenings, a tour of our facilities, and other opportunities to get to know our program.

We strongly encourage all our short-listed applicants to attend the on-campus interview as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience. However, if a distance of more than 400km from York University or other extenuating circumstances preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange for a distance interview via Skype at that time.

Have questions about the supplementary evaluation for this program? Ask us at evalampd@yorku.ca.

What's Next?

Do you have questions about the application process? Want to know more about our programs and your next steps? Ask us at ampd@yorku.ca.