Learn to understand, think and work in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts offers exceptional hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.
MEDIA ARTS (BFA Honours)
Responding to the evolution of the film industry, this innovative program combines mobile and new-media content creation with critical, curatorial and applied studies in media culture. Students develop their creative practice across a wide range of screen-based media, from social media and virtual reality to 3D and gaming environments. Graduates leave with technical skills and the critical understanding to identify and respond to trends in a fast-changing media landscape. A field placement in the media industry is an integral part of the curriculum.
PRODUCTION (BFA Honours)
Combining technical skills with the creativity of film as a vehicle for storytelling, change-making and self-expression, this program prepares students for careers in all facets of filmmaking. Foundational courses in production and screenwriting lead to specialized courses in cinematography, editing, sound, directing, production management and production design. With extensive opportunities collaboration and networking, students work in professional-quality facilities to create award winning documentary, alternative or fiction films in all four years of the program. Complementary theory courses empower students to understand the historical framework underlying their productions.
SCREENWRITING (BFA Honours)
With a multitude of screens competing for our attention, compelling storytelling is necessary for success. At Canada’s only undergraduate screenwriting degree program students receive intensive training across genres from short films to TV series to feature films and new media. Screenwriting students pitch screenplays and see some of them brought to life on screen. Graduates of the BFA in Screenwriting are thriving as writers, producers and directors in film, television and digital environments, bringing a deep understanding of moving image storytelling gained in the program’s intensive, productive and collaborative workshop environment.
CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES (BA Honours)
Focusing on cinema and media history, theory, criticism, and other media-rich arts such as gaming and social media forms, this program prepares students for hybrid careers in a world increasingly interconnected through modes of communication and interaction involving moving images. Students develop specialized knowledge of genre, authorship, national and transnational cinemas, moving image technologies, and cultural theory. They may also pursue engaged learning in the areas of producing, marketing, the business of film, curating and festival programming.