Film + Screen Arts Major

  • Intro

    Tell your story, move the world.

    Attend Emily Carr University’s film school and become a visual storyteller with a major in Film + Screen Arts.

    All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.

    This is the major for aspiring film- and video-makers. The Film + Screen Arts Major is dedicated to the exploration of a variety of media using contemporary digital media and historic analogue and mechanical processes and practices. Along with technical instruction, in-depth and constructive critiques, mentoring and extensive hands-on experience, you will develop into a self-aware and mature film practitioner.

    This program provides a theoretical, historical and critical framework within which students master the conceptual and practical skills for producing film, video, moving image, sound and other media works for screens: theatrical, televisual exhibition and distribution platforms such as online, festival distribution, gallery exhibition, and public art presentation. It prepares students for professional practice in film and media, and for graduate work at the university level. Students are encouraged to develop their artistic voice within a context of artistic expression, formal exploration, and engagement with social and political issues. A dual emphasis on studio and critical and cultural studies endows the student with breadth across these areas.

    Our priority is critical making, having our students find their voice and produce media works that have informed content and relevant form. We teach our students to have a depth of conceptual understanding and technical facility with decisions around their choice of form and content that best expresses their ideas and stories. Their work is disseminated in the best medium for what they are creating and building toward, be it cinema-based, gallery practice and/or web oriented.

  • Pathways

    You will join a community of highly skilled practitioners and creative problem-solvers, with the knowledge to enter a diversity of professional visual media arts fields.

    Inspiring job titles of our graduates

    Visual Annotator, Videographer, Editor, Post-Production Supervisor, Producer, Cinematic Artist, Digital Cinema Specialist, Visual Artist, Set Designer

    Dynamic employers that have recruited our graduates

    National Film Board of Canada, Solipsist Ellipsis Media, Sony Entertainment, BRON Studios, Sweet Currant Video & Photo, Action Lab Film Productions Ltd. (self-employed), Double Negative, Footage Entertainment (self-employed), AM Productions

  • Program

    After first year Foundation studies at Emily Carr, you will apply to enter the Film + Screen Arts program in your second year.

    Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Media Arts, Majoring in Film + Screen Arts (BMA, Film + Screen Arts). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students.

    Second Year Objectives:
    In the FILM major, second year is an intensive technical year, promoting the establishment of core
    technical and organizational competencies. The 6-credit core studio courses offer students opportunities
    to produce film and media projects from concept to completion, both individually and collaboratively. The
    additional required courses focus on specific technical practices and technologies that help students
    develop their film and media art. The studio curriculum works in concert with critical studies courses that
    provide learning on the historical, theoretical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts within which students are
    working, and, crucially, writing for media.

    Third Year Objectives:
    In the FILM major, third year is an intensive conceptual year, when students solidify conceptual content,
    and deepen their knowledge of histories and contexts of film and media production. Rigorous technical
    and craft development continues; greater student agency allows students to specialize in a craft or crafts
    to enhance their own and fellow students’ 3rd year and 4th year film and media productions. MDIA Media
    Core Thematic courses have a selection of contemporary themes which students can combine with studio
    electives for rich creative, technical and conceptual learning experiences. Students are required to take
    an internship course that provides hands-on learning inside or outside the university, by working with
    faculty on research and production projects, or in IDS, or as professional artists and designers in film and
    media production companies, broadcasters and other organizations. A new Media Research and
    Methodologies course expands students’ possibilities for meaningful and considered work. Many open
    elective studio courses allow students to pursue diversity and breadth across Dynamic Media courses, as
    well as other art and design courses across the entire university.

    Fourth Year Objectives:
    In the FILM major, the fourth year curriculum is geared towards supporting students in their capstone
    project for the degree exhibition, and for providing students with knowledge and experience they need for
    professional practice after graduation. Students produce mature work, informed by critical and cultural
    inquiry. Students experience making work over a longer period of time, allowing for reflection and change
    throughout development, production, editing and completion. Each semester, the required 4th year 6-
    credit MDIA core studio courses combine both FILM and EMSA students, providing a rich learning
    environment. Open elective studio courses allow students to pursue depth as well as diversity and

  • Aims

    The Bachelor of Media Arts Film + Screen Arts program develops you to become a creative citizen of the visual and media arts community through conceptual, critical, cultural, practice-oriented, and career-focused education.

    The Bachelor of Media Arts, Film + Screen Arts Major aims to:

    • Our core philosophy is to promote individual expression and creative confidence amongst our students. We encourage a diversity of expression, support student work created within diverse contexts, and promote students to find their own voice within FILM + MEDIA ARTS.
    • Critical making: we firmly believe/ encourage/ support/ require that students make informed work, that is, informed by research, theory, exploration, and cultural and critical enquiry that engages with the concerns of the 21st century.
    • Experimentation and innovation: within the context of an art + design school, we are committed to contemporary art/ expression and value/ encourage/ promote/ students to push the envelop here; we also take a page from the Canada Council that experimentation and innovation is also innovating within genres and personal work. A primary focus of our programme is creative risktaking, pushing each student’s storytelling process, and elevating each student’s creative vision.
    • DIY/ diverse technical proficiency: we have committed faculty and technicians who support students’ mastery of materials and means.
    • Breadth and depth of program offerings: students have the flexibility to find/ explore/ discover their own path through the diverse curriculum pathways.
    • Blending of curriculum with professional experience: we believe that practices within creative technologies and sound fields strongly benefit from early exposure to internship opportunities with professionals.
    • Year by year curricular philosophy: Second year has a strong focus on the technological, as well as a foundation of conceptual development and critical contexts; third year has a strong focus as a conceptual year, with a breadth of practice, and depth of personal expression; fourth year is the capstone year, where students dig into their projects, put it all together, and prepare for professional practice or graduate school.