Summer Film School FAQ

1. How competitive is the entry process? Is it better to have completed some short films before trying to apply?

2. How do students benefit from the program?

3. How many films do you actually get to make during the Summer Film School?

4. Who benefits the most from this program?

5. What does this program provide to its graduates?

6. Is there any financial support available to students?

­1. How competitive is the entry process? Is it better to have completed some short films before trying to apply?
No previous film or video production experience is necessary. The requirements for admission are the same as those for registration in the Certificate in Film Studies program.

­2. How do students benefit from the program?
This program is committed to providing aspiring independent filmmakers with a strong set of skills, along with entry-level knowledge and experience recognized by the film and television industry. The program also puts an emphasis on collaboration, and filmmaking as an art and craft.

One of the greatest benefits of the Summer Film School is the establishment of relationships with long-lasting collaborators. Many of our past students continue to work with the collaborators that they starting making films with right here at Ryerson.

­3. How many films do you actually get to make during the Summer Film School?
Each student makes at least four or five films, and possibly as many as six short films during the 12-week program.

­4. Who benefits the most from this program?
Students that are willing to make the effort to network in the industry will do well. The program will also benefit those who may be focused on pursuing related further study, e.g., undergraduate or postgraduate school.

­5. What does this program provide to its graduates?
Graduates will receive a Certificate in Film Studies recognizing completion of the curriculum.

­6. Is there any financial support available to students?
Summer Film School students are eligible to apply for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding. See Need-Based Financial Aid for more information on Ryerson bursaries and government assistance.