The intake of students is organized in to two specialty modules: ’creative’ and ’technical’. The students of the Creative module will study scriptwriting, directing, editing and production. The Technical module contains cinematography, sound recording and –design, lighting and color correction. Besides the specialty modules all students study compulsory and elective courses.
The selection of the students into either Creative Module or Technical Module is done right from the admission. In specific assignments the students have to qualify for either one track or the other.
Studies take place in a multicultural environment, with students working side-by-side with professors and fellow students from many different countries. The Media curriculum offers a good balance between practical and theoretical studies. Student productions and creative assignments are developed and produced in teams, using up-to-date equipment and newly built production facilities.
The 3-year 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 and advertising.
The intake of students is organized into two specialty modules: ’creative’ and ’technical’. The students of the Creative module will study scriptwriting, directing, editing and production. The Technical module contains cinematography, sound recording and –design, lighting and color correction. Besides the specialty modules all students study compulsory and elective courses.
The selection of the students into either Creative Module or Technical Module is done the right from the admission. In specific assignments the students have to qualify for either one track or the other.
Riho Västrik is a documentary filmmaker and producer who has taught at BFM since 2009. He is the curator of the Audiovisual Media BA study program and the Documentary Film MA study program.
Miguel Llansó - A big fan of experimental-punk-weird music and films, he studied philosophy and cinema before leaving on his many adventures. For him, filmmaking is friendship, risk, provocation, subversion and freedom.
Based in Tallinn since 2017, Miguel teaches writing and directing at BFM. His international recognition came when he started filming in Ethiopia. His films have been screened and awarded at many international film festivals such as Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, Fantasia, Sitges, Buenos Aires or Los Angeles.
Crumbs (2015), Miguel's feature film debut, was screened at more than 100 film festivals, TVs, airplanes and theatres worldwide. It got positive reviews in the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and Filmmaker Magazine, among others.
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) - SciFi political satire shot between Ethiopia, Estonia, Latvia and Spain - is getting selected at more than 60 film festivals and released by Arrow Films, the reference distributor for horror, sci-fi and cult films. The film got positive reviews in Variety, Screen Anarchy or CineEuropa.
Dirk Hoyer is a German born filmmaker and scholar. He obtained his Master degree from the Sorbonne and his Doctor of Arts from Aalto University.
Dirk directed and wrote feature films and documentary films. In his research he focuses on Estonian cinema of the 90s, Dimitri Kirsanoff, the role of political imagination in contemporary culture and on storytelling.
- Completed Secondary Education or the equivalent
- Proof of English Proficiency
- Entrance exam is a part of admissions procedure. It consists of:
- Written assignments (testing general intelligence and creativity) 20%
- Creative assignments (personal photo camera needed) 30%
- Portfolio and interview with admission committee 50%
- Creative portfolio containing examples of creative works, including photographs, short films/videos, essays, scripts, poems, etc.
Portfolio to be sent: email@example.com
- For the purposes of identity verification at the admission procedure the Admission Committee has the right to take a screenshot during the oral part of the admission exam carried out via video bridge.
Please see the complete overview of the admission and application requirements for Bachelor's level applicants.
In what fields can you find work?
Alumni can find work in creative journalistic, editing or directing fields, as well as producing and production-related fields both in television and film.
Students can continue their studies at Master level at BFM or in related fields.
Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM) has more than 20 years of teaching experience.
- Graduates leave with an extensive portfolio of films and audio-visual content for further career, plus an internationally validated university degree.
- BFM believes in hands-on approach.
- Internship possibilities in different media enterprises and also in the Estonian Public Broadcasting.
- Lectures at BFM are given by well-known filmmakers and media professionals in Estonia such as Arvo Iho, Renita Lintrop, Marianna Kaat, Dirk Hoyer, Jüri Pihel and Indrek Treufeldt.
- The university provides students with a state of the art facilities and equipment. BFM building houses Estonia’s first 4K cinema hall, film and sound studios, and editing rooms.
- BFM has over 30 partner universities in Europe and China, which offers a truly exciting mix of cultures that creates an invaluable professional network for your later career.
- Scholarships available
- Specific questions regarding the programme should be directed to the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School’s Media Department:
study concellor and specialist:
addressNarva mnt 27, 10120 Tallinn
phone(+372) 619 9928
- For additional guidelines regarding admission procedure please contact the international admission specialist.