Joint Programs

AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers the several formal exchanges and joint programs.

In addition, students may arrange for their own individual exchange with one of the numerous Universities worldwide that have an existing exchange agreement with York University. Visit York International for details.

Education / Teacher Training

AMPD students interested in pursuing a teaching career are invited to consider the Concurrent and Consecutive programs offered by York’s Faculty of Education.

AMPD students interested in pursuing a teaching career are invited to consider the Concurrent and Consecutive programs offered by York’s Faculty of Education. These joint programs enable students to earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree and teacher certification in addition to a BA or BFA degree within five years of full-time study.

Learn more about the Concurrent Bachelor of Education program

Learn more about the Consecutive Bachelor of Education program

York-Sheridan Joint Degree/Diploma Program

York students taking the York-Sheridan Joint Program benefit from an intensive two years in film, television and audio production at Sheridan College, including courses in special effects, sound recording and other studio areas not offered at York.

The York-Sheridan Joint Program in Film and Media Arts is designed to:

  • Allow for easier student and credit transferability between the two institutions.
  • Allow college students to upgrade to a degree on a faster track than would normally be the case.
  • Permit college students to qualify for admission to university graduate programs.
  • Give university students greater access to applied experience through participation in a full term college field placement program.
  • Allow academically and artistically qualified students wider exposure to the teaching knowledge, technologies and facilities as provided at two institutions.

The Joint Program offers the opportunity for students to graduate from both institutions, earning a three-year diploma and a four-year honours degree in five years of study.


Goals of York Students Going to Sheridan

York students taking the Joint Program seek an intensive two years in film, television and audio production at Sheridan, including courses in special effects, sound recording and other studio areas not offered at York. You also are interested in the one term field placement required in the final semester at the college, and in Sheridan’s industry connections.


Goals of Sheridan Students Coming to York

Sheridan students come to York for academic courses in film and for further enrichment in production, screenwriting, the liberal arts, visual arts, performance, design and more. You may want to pursue a teaching career, or develop your writing skills, or go on to a graduate program. Students who successfully complete the Joint Program will be eligible to apply to one-year BEd programs and to MFA and MA programs in film, video and media production, writing and cinema studies.


Application Deadline

Joint Program applicants must apply by February 15 of their third year of study in the first school (i.e. in time to meet the regular application deadlines for admission to the next fall semester.)


Joint Program Admission Requirements

The Joint Program is a consecutive program. It is not open to students who graduated from their first institution one or more years ago. Such students must apply as regular transfer students.

Applicants must have a minimum overall grade point average of ‘B’ (6.0 at York, 3.0 at Sheridan). Students pay the respective fees of the institution in which they are enrolled.

Sheridan students must first apply to York University. To do this, Sheridan students must apply for admission to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design by February 1 of their last year of study at Sheridan, stating which degree – the Honours BFA or the Honours BA – they intend to seek. An original transcript will be required. Learn more about applying to York University.

Applicants to the Joint Program must submit the following to the Joint Program coordinator:

  • A letter of intent stating why they want to enter the Program and what they want to study at the other institution
  • Two academic reference letters to be sent directly by the referees to the Joint Program coordinator in the appropriate department.
  • A transcript of grades
  • Sheridan students coming to AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts must fill out a Supplementary Application Package

The coordinator may request an interview (may be by phone) and/or a portfolio of the applicant’s work.


Eligibility Requirements for York University BFA Students going to Sheridan

To be eligible for the Joint Program, York students must have successfully completed years one, two and three of the York University BFA degree in Film production comprising a total of 90 credits and including the following:

  • 18 credits General Education Courses (One full course credit each from Humanities*, Social Science, and Natural Science or their approved substitutes)
  • 12 AMPD elective credits chosen from the other departments of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design.
    * 6.0 credits from the FA/1900 3.00 series of courses, outside the major, are required of all AMPD degrees. These courses may be used to satisfy either the humanities general education requirement or a AMPD requirement (i.e. an In/Out requirement or a fine arts elective), but not both.
  • 6 credits outside of AMPD
  • 39 foundation credits in Film that comprise: FA/FILM 1120 3.00, FA/FILM1020 3.00, FA/FILM 1400 9.00, FA/FILM2010 9.00, FA/FILM 2120 6.00, FA/FILM 2200 3.00, FA/FILM 2230 3.00, FA/FILM 3401 3.00
  • 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, of which at least 18 credits must be from the studio (production/screenwriting courses)
  • 3.0 credits free electives

The Joint Degree/Diploma Program is designed as a transfer program. York students going to Sheridan will receive advanced standing for year one of the Media Arts program and will complete the normal years two and three of the three-year diploma. Only on completion of the five years of study will you be eligible to receive the York BFA degree and the three-year Sheridan diploma.


Eligibility Requirements for Sheridan Media Arts Students coming to York

Sheridan Media Arts students must complete and be eligible for the three-year Media Arts diploma in the year before coming to York. The Joint Program is a consecutive program not open to students with a time gap since they graduated from Sheridan.

Whether admitted to the BFA or the BA program, Sheridan students will follow a two-year program prescribed specifically for their unique status at York to complete the degree. You will receive a block transfer of 60 credits towards the 120-credit Honours Bachelor degree at York. This block transfer of 60 credits will be bound credit specific to completion of the requirements for the York-Sheridan Joint Degree/Diploma Program in Film and Media Arts.

Sheridan students may apply to either of the degree programs in AMPD’s Cinema and Media Arts: the Honours BA degree in Cinema and Media Studies or the BFA degree based on studio courses (screenwriting and/or production). Students choosing the BFA will not have to go back and repeat second year production courses similar to their Sheridan courses. Instead, they can take the third and fourth year specialized courses in film production. The specific academic course requirements are outlined below.


Advanced Standing for Sheridan Students seeking an Honours BFA degree in Production:

Degree exclusions or advanced standing will be given to Sheridan students for:

  • 6 credits in AMPD outside of Cinema and Media Arts
  • FA/FILM 1120 3.0 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • FA/FILM 1020 3.0 Introduction to Filmmaking II
  • FA/FILM 1400 9.0 Film Art: An Introduction
  • FA/FILM 2010 9.0 Film & Video Production
  • FA/FILM 2120 6.0 Screenwriting Fundamentals
  • 3.0 credits 3000/4000 level
  • Plus 21.0 credits unspecified
    (Total 60 credits)

Honours BFA Course Requirements for Sheridan Students Sheridan Joint Program students must take 60 credits at York comprised of:

  • 18 credits General Education Courses. All departments and programs in AMPD require the completion of three 6.0 credit courses (or 3.0 credit course equivalents) General Education courses – one full course equivalent from each of the Humanities*, Social Science and Natural Science areas or their approved substitutes.
  • 6 credits in AMPD outside of Cinema and Media Arts, chosen from the other departments of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design: Dance, Design, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Digital Media*.
    * 6.00 credits from the FA/1900 3.00 series of courses, outside the major, are required of all AMPD degrees. These courses may be used to satisfy either the humanities general education requirement or AMPD requirements (i.e. an In/Out requirement or a AMPD elective), but not both. However for Sheridan Media Arts students admitted to the York-Sheridan Joint Program FA/1900 3.00 series course is optional.
  • FA/FILM 2200 3.00 Cinema, Modernity and Technology
  • FA/FILM 2230 3.00 Film and Television as Social Practice
  • FA/FILM 3401 3.00 Canadian Cinema
  • 21.00 studio credits in Film chosen at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 6.00 credits non-AMPD electives

To continue in and graduate from the Joint Program, students must achieve overall and major grade point averages of at least 5.0 (C+) on the work completed at York University. For students transferring out of the Joint Program before completion, the amount of advanced standing credit allowed for the Media Arts courses completed at Sheridan will be re-assessed in accordance with the advanced standing regulations which apply to the program the student wishes to enter.


Advanced Standing for Sheridan Students seeking an Honours BA degree in Cinema and Media Studies

Sheridan students will receive degree exclusions or advanced standing for:

  • Six credits in AMPD outside of Film
  • FA/FILM 1001 3.00 Making Movies
  • FA/FILM 1120 3.00 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • FA/FILM 1400 9.00 Film Art: An Introduction
  • FA/FILM 2121 6.00 Video and Filmmaking
  • Plus 33.00 credits unspecified
    (Total 60 credits)

Honours BA Course Requirements for Sheridan Students

To complete the Honours BA Degree in Cinema and Media Studies, Sheridan Joint Program students must complete 60 credits at York comprised of:

  • 18 credits General Education Courses. All departments and programs in AMPD require the completion of three 6.0 credit courses (or 3.0 credit course equivalents) General Education courses – one full course equivalent from each of the Humanities*, Social Science and Natural Science areas or their approved substitutes.
  • 6.00 credits in AMPD outside of Cinema and Media Arts, chosen from the other departments of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design: Dance, Design, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Fine Arts Cultural Studies*.
    * 6.00 credits from the FA/1900 3.00 series of courses, outside the major, are required of all AMPD degrees. These courses may be used to satisfy either the humanities general education requirement or a AMPD requirement (i.e. an In/Out requirement or a fine arts elective), but not both. However for Sheridan Media Arts students admitted to the York-Sheridan Joint Program FA/1900 3.00 series course is optional.
  • FA/FILM 2200 3.00 Cinema, Modernity and Technology
  • FA/FILM 2230 3.00 Film and Television as Social Practice
  • FA/FILM 3401 3.00 Canadian Cinema
  • An additional 18 upper level (3000 or 4000 level) film studies credits with at least 6.00 credits at the 4000 level (Total: 30 film credits)
  • 6.00 credits non-AMPD electives
  • 3.00 credits Free Electives

To continue in and graduate from Joint Program, students must achieve honours standing with overall and major grade point averages of at least 5.0 (C+) on the work completed at York University.


For further information on applications and program requirements, contact the Joint Program coordinators:

At York: Phil Hoffman tel. 416.736.2100 ext. 22164

At Sheridan: Lynn Bell tel. 905.845.9430 ext. 2090.