In today’s world, nothing is cookie cutter. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s why we offer flexible and innovative pathways to help you earn that degree and get that job in the film industry.
Start here. Your career begins at Seattle Film Institute.
Degrees and Certificates
Our Certificate or Bachelor’s of Arts in Film Degree can be earned with the following concentrations:
- Acting for Film
- Sound Design & Recording Arts
- Motion Graphics & Visual Effects
- Interdisciplinary Studies
Ultimate Flexibility — Earn Your BA at Seattle Film Institute
Once you’ve decided on your field of study, take advantage of one of the following options
to accelerate your education and career: the Certificate; the BA; the Completion BA:
Come to SFI. Jump-start your career as you complete your chosen
concentration in just over one year. You’ll graduate with the education
and training that provide the tools you need to embark on your career
in the entertainment industry and you will also have earned 90 college
credits. As you prepare for next-steps, take advantage of SFI’s
Career Services Department who are ready to assist you with job
placement and in obtaining internships.
The BA Degree
SFI divides the 180-credit BA degree into two totally
separate components: the general education classes (90
credits) and the courses in your chosen concentration (90
credits). You can complete these two parts in any order to
earn your BA degree. This modular approach gives you total
flexibility to meet your educational and career goals.
While the typical BA takes four academic years to complete,
the SFI BA can be completed in just three years from start to
finish or in as little as one year, depending on your
Upside-Down Degree Pathway: Start with your Concentration
It’s called an Upside-Down Degree because you start right away
with your concentration without having to wait until your junior or
senior year in college to begin taking your filmmaking classes.
First Year: Complete your chosen concentration at SFI. Earn
90 college credits and your Certificate in Film.
Second and third years: Complete your general education
classes (AA degree or equivalent) at any community
college or university of your choice or take advantage of
SFI’s educational partnerships with institutions offering
Self-paced: Set your own timetable
Complete your chosen concentration at SFI in one year and
earn your Certificate in Film. Then take as little or as much
time as you need to complete your general education requirements.
Join our many graduates who start their careers and then complete
their BA at their own pace once they’re already working in
their chosen profession.
Accelerated Traditional BA Degree Pathway
First two years: Complete the 90 college credits needed for
your general education requirements/AA degree or equivalent.
Third year: Complete your chosen concentration at SFI.
This pathway is great for students that want to start by
taking advantage of SFI’s educational partnerships with
community colleges or colleges that offer complimentary
programs. It basically gives you a double-major as you
combine your AA emphasis (say Acting for theater or
digital filmmaking or Motion Design, or perhaps Business)
with your chosen concentration at SFI.
Accelerated Completion BA Degree
Already have your AA degree or equivalent (90 college
credits)? Choose your concentration at SFI and complete your
BA degree in just over one year instead of the typical two
academic years required at most other institutions. This
choice is ideal for students who have completed an AA degree
at a community college or have the necessary credits from a
university. And, if you haven’t quite finished those credits but
you’re close, you can still enroll in this program. The
completion BA degree is ideal for those that are looking for
an accelerated pathway to both earn a BA degree and jumpstart
Ultra Accelerated: Upside-Down or Traditional Pathway
Whether you choose the Upside-Down or traditional pathway,
you can accelerate our degree even more by using any college eligible
credits you have earned from Running Start, CTE or
any other dual credit program. This will shorten the time
you’ll need to complete your general education portion of
Example: If you’ve already earned your Running Start AA
degree in high school, you’ll complete your BA in just over a
year at SFI.