BFA in Media Arts

Media Arts Program

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) is pleased to announce a new degree stream, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts.

The cultural effects on technology mean that cinema is no longer a stand-alone art form. It increasingly overlaps with other evolving areas, such as video games, mobile media, social media, streaming media distribution, 3D graphics and computer generated imaging, and digital archiving.

In AMPD’s new Media Arts program, students are invited to become critical thinkers by doing, making and collaborating. In this program, for example, students will have the opportunity to create multimedia digital publications, practice social justice by using social media to engage with a community, write a trans-media story meant to cross film and game platforms, render 3D for animation, virtual reality or a gaming environment, and produce interactive documentary. Drawing on the powerful legacy of cinema history, criticism and theory, students will actively create in the expanded field of media studies, media culture and media industries, in which cinema is an integrated element.

This new program is framed around a series of flexible media practice courses taken concurrently with media history, theory and criticism, culminating in a capstone project and a media industry placement.

The resulting BFA will offer students a broad, expansive view on multiple types of contemporary practice including television, Internet practices, mobile media, gaming, interactive media, and cutting edge digital technologies such as 3D and virtual reality. Students will graduate with the ability to blend curatorial, producing, and media-making abilities with the historical investigation of contemporary media, especially screen-based and social media.

Academic Calendar – Degree Requirements

How to apply to the BFA program in Media Arts

Sample Courses

FA/FILM 1001 3.00 Making Media

Offers a production course designed to introduce students to a wide array of media industries through hands-on exercises in lectures and tutorials. The course demonstrates how cutting-edge research in cinema and media studies is an indispensable part of the practice of producing media in a changing world. It also includes weekly guest lectures from leading media arts professionals working in the GTA and beyond. Course credit exclusion: FA/FILM 1010 3.00. Degree requirement for Cinema and Media Studies majors. Open to non-majors by permission of the department.

FA/FILM 1120 3.00 Introduction to Screenwriting

Provides an overview of the role of storytelling in filmmaking practice, introducing students to the techniques used by screenwriters to craft stories in both fiction and non-fiction films and television programs and other moving picture media. Course credit exclusions: FA/FILM 1010 3.00, FA/FILM 1121 3.00 (prior to Winter 2011). Note: Required of all first-year BA and BFA film majors. Enrolment is limited to BA and BFA film majors.

FA/FILM 2001 6.00 Media Practice I

Introduces students to diverse platforms and innovative production modes in media arts. Using an innovative modular structure, the course explores a range of contemporary media practices through lectures and workshops where students are engaged through continuous making and reflecting. The course is team taught by CMS faculty supported by guest lectures by leading practitioners and media artists.

FA/FILM 3124 3.00 Writing for Television I

Provides a focus on the craft of writing dramatic scripts (teleplays) for television and related media, and hands-on experience with working in a story department, culminating in each student’s creation of an original one-hour prime time television series. Prerequisites: Fa/FILM 2121 6.00 and FA/FILM 2120 6.00

FA/FILM 4712 3.00 Madness and Cinema

Explores the relationship of madness to cinema: madness in cinema/cinema as madness, images of madness, institutional structures/filmic structures, the pathologies of spectatorship, film as psychoanalytic case history and the paranoid soundtrack. Open to non-majors