About Cinema and Media Arts

The Department of Cinema & Media Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) is Canada’s first and foremost film school with three specialized streams of study, premier production facilities, field placements, strong industry as well as independent film & media arts community connections, backed by a stellar faculty of internationally renowned filmmakers, screenwriters & scholars.

You are exploring our site because you are part of a global culture infused with cinematic imagination, but you want more, you want to become a maker, a writer or a trained scholar in moving images, which inhabit all screens – from mobile phones to gigantic IMAX screens.

At AMPD’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts, we nurture creative, bold, and meaningful work by new generations of filmmakers and scholars. We proudly offer far more than technical training, we offer a rich, intellectually stimulating, critically engaged university experience steeped in creativity with a blend of practice and theory to lay down a strong foundation.

Your Community

Community is central to AMPD’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts, offering all kinds of possibilities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas between students in the different areas, as well as with students from other departments.  Collaborate with AMPD students to score music or with a theatre major as actors or on film production design.

Your Choice

We offer a strong production program complemented by theory & cinema history, the only screenwriting program in Canada, and a cinema & media studies program that offers critical engagement from classic cinema to gaming. Explore documentary, fiction or alternative filmmaking. Enrich your skills in directing, cinematography, sound, editing, production management and production design.

Our curriculum is constantly being enriched by the research and creation work of our faculty.

Your Connections

Study with award-winning filmmakers and leading scholars of the big and small screen. As a production student, build lifelong relationships with our industry partners or get your first break through a field placement.

Join more than 500 students and an ever growing alumni network that includes, Oscar-winning Rhombus Media, a leading Canadian production company started by Niv Fichman, Barbara Willis Sweete & Larry Wiseman, award winning directors Sean Garrity, Chelsea McMillian, Nicolas Pereda (Mexico), Mohan Indraganti (India), Amil Shivji (Uganda); cinematographers Rene Ohashi  CSC, ASC, Paul Sarossy CSC, ASC, BSC, Mathew Lloyd, CSC, Iris Ng; production designer Tavo Soodor; scriptwriter & actor Sugith Verughese; Emmy award winning filmmaker & game designer Thomas Wallner; award winning producer & President of the CMPA (Canadian Media Production Association) Mary Young Leckie; President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network Corporation Rudy Buttignol.

The successes of our alumni speak to the strong foundational education we offer on which to build a successful career in an ever-changing competitive field.

Define your creative future now with AMPD Cinema & Media Arts.