Learning by Doing
The Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School (BFM)
The Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School (BFM) offers hands-on university degree courses in Film Arts, Crossmedia Production, and Audiovisual Media. With over 400 students from more than 20 countries worldwide, BFM is one of Europe’s largest – and Northern Europe’s only – English-language film and media school.
The BFM believes in learning by doing. Its focus is on professional hands-on training designed for international careers in the world’s rapidly growing audiovisual and media industry. Students in all programmes start with practical production assignments and successful graduates leave with an extensive portfolio of films and audiovisual content, plus an internationally validated university degree – a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Master of Arts (MA). Surveys of BFM alumni show that over 85% of our graduates continue their careers in the audiovisual and media industry.
Film Arts is a uniquely designed 1+1 year course, divided into an initial year of taught classes on the principal film-making professions, and a second year dedicated to the completion of final examination films. Applicants are expected to have sufficient prior skills and knowledge of film-making to allow them to focus on practical film-making from week one under the supervision of internationally acknowledged professionals.
The 3-year Audiovisual Media BA programme adopts a learning-by-doing approach to deliver the skills and understanding essential for the production of audiovisual content for multiple platforms. Students acquire hands-on experience in developing and creating audiovisual work in a variety of formats, including TV programs, short films, documentaries, music videos, advertising, and corporate videos.
The Crossmedia Production course blends the study of audiovisual production for multiple platforms, creative business development and applications for interactive media in an innovative and stimulating programme.
BFM provides students with free shooting and post-production equipment, studio space, production support and financing for their creative works, supervised by established professionals from the audiovisual industry. All student films are developed, shot and post-produced in teams, closely mirroring a realistic industry work process in order to ease graduates’ transitions to the professional environment and the launch of their careers. BFM has over 25 partner universities in Europe and China.