film + screen arts


Situated within Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and housed in the Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, the undergraduate programme Bachelor of Media Arts in Film + Screen Arts provides a historical, theoretical, 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, on line, festival, gallery and public art presentations. The BMA degree 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 make 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.

In light of Emily Carr’s move to university status and its embrace of research culture, a reframing of our programs as not merely “applied” or “professional” programs, but majors that find the right balance of knowledge and skills, research and production, thinking and making – that best position our graduates for professional and artistic practice as creative leaders, critically reflecting upon their own work and its place within broader social and cultural frames.


FMSA Major Second Year Objectives:In the FMSA 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 screen 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.

FMSA Major Third Year Objectives:In the FMSA 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.

FMSA Major Fourth Year Objectives:In the FMSA 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 FMSA and NMSA students, providing a rich learning environment. Open elective studio courses allow students to pursue depth as well as diversity and breadth.