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Bachelor of Media Arts in Film + Screen Arts Major

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
4 years
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Bachelor in Film + Screen Arts Major

All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.

This is the major for aspiring film- and video-makers. The Film + Screen Arts Major is dedicated to the exploration of a variety of media using contemporary digital media and historic analogue and mechanical processes and practices. Along with technical instruction, in-depth and constructive critiques, mentoring and extensive hands-on experience, you will develop into a self-aware and mature film practitioner.

This program provides a theoretical, historical 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 such as online, festival distribution, gallery exhibition, and public art presentation. It 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 produce 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.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to Emily Carr University undergraduate programs is graduation from grade 12 secondary school, with five grade 12 subjects, including English 12 with a minimum grade of 'C', two other grade 12 academic courses and two grade 12 elective courses. The minimum overall grade point average required for admission is 2.5 or C+ or 67%. All elective courses must be grade 12 and can be Ministry Approved, Board Approved or Locally Developed. Requirement vary depending on your location. Visit our website to ensure your application satisfies the minimum requirements, and look for “First Year Academic Requirements”.

If English is not your first language you will need to submit an English Proficiency test. We are also pleased to offer a Creative Art Pathway (CAP) program for potential Emily Carr Students who do not meet the English Language proficiency requirements. Learn more on the English Proficiency page on our website.

Whether you are applying for first year Foundation or as a transfer student, all applicants to Emily Carr University must submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom as part of the admission process. Your portfolio requirements may include examples of your work, responses to prompts using a variety of media/materials, and written responses. Find detailed portfolio requirements on our website.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

As a graduate applicant you must apply online using the EducationPlannerBC Application Service. You will only be able to select Emily Carr from the list of BC institutions when applications open. A non-refundable application fee is required for all graduate applications.

If your first language is not English you must submit an official English language proficiency test score.

Lastly, you must prepare and submit your portfolio and supporting documents.

Applicants must submit a portfolio and supporting documents online. Supporting documents include:

• Statement of Intent

• Recommendation Letters

• Curriculum Vitae/Resume

• Video Question

We will contact you with a decision about your application via email. We will also mail you the selection process results. For detailed admissions requirements and application information, please visit our website.

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Program content


15 Credits Per Semester

  • FNDT 108 Creative Processes (3)
  • FNDT 165 Core Interdisc Studio (6)
  • Foundation Studio Elective (3)

Choose ONE Of:

  • FNDT 160 Core Media Studio I (6)
  • FNDT 161 Core Design Studio I (6)
  • FNDT 164 Core Visual Arts Studio I (6)
  • HUMN 100 Academic Core I (6)
  • HUMN 101 Academic Core II (6)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • FMSA 200 Film + Screen Arts Core I (6)
  • FMSA 205 Cinematography I (3)
  • FMSA 201 Editing I (3)
  • FMSA 210 Film + Screen Arts Core II (6)
  • Studio Elective 200 level (3)
  • MHIS 205 Reading The screen (3)
  • MHIS 206 Reading Media Culture (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 200 level (3)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • MDIA 300 MEDIA Thematic (6)
  • MDIA 300 MEDIA Thematic (6)
  • MDIA 300 Embedded Practices (3)
  • FMSA / NMSA / SOUN 300/400 level (3)
  • Studio Elective 200/300/400 level (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 Level (9)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • MDIA 400 Media Arts Core Studio I (6)
  • MDIA 410 Media Arts Core Studio II (6)
  • FMSA / NMSA / SOUN 300/400 level (6)
  • Studio Elective 300/400 level (3)
  • MHIS 429 Topics in Film/Video Theory (3)
  • SOCS 300/400 level (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level(3)


Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Media Arts, Majoring in Film + Screen Arts (BMA, Film + Screen Arts). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students.

The Bachelor of Media Arts, Film + Screen Arts Major aims to:

  • Our core philosophy is to promote individual expression and creative confidence amongst our students. We encourage a diversity of expression, support student work created within diverse contexts, and promote students to find their own voice within FILM + MEDIA ARTS.
  • Critical making: we firmly believe/ encourage/ support/ require that students make informed work, that is, informed by research, theory, exploration, and cultural and critical enquiry that engages with the concerns of the 21st century.
  • Experimentation and innovation: within the context of an art + design school, we are committed to contemporary art/ expression and value/ encourage/ promote/ students to push the envelop here; we also take a page from the Canada Council that experimentation and innovation is also innovating within genres and personal work. A primary focus of our programme is creative risktaking, pushing each student’s storytelling process, and elevating each student’s creative vision.
  • DIY/ diverse technical proficiency: we have committed faculty and technicians who support students’ mastery of materials and means.
  • Breadth and depth of program offerings: students have the flexibility to find/ explore/ discover their own path through the diverse curriculum pathways.
  • Blending of curriculum with professional experience: we believe that practices within creative technologies and sound fields strongly benefit from early exposure to internship opportunities with professionals.
  • Year by year curricular philosophy: Second year has a strong focus on the technological, as well as a foundation of conceptual development and critical contexts; third year has a strong focus as a conceptual year, with a breadth of practice, and depth of personal expression; fourth year is the capstone year, where students dig into their projects, put it all together, and prepare for professional practice or graduate school.

Continuing studies

We offer flexible continuing studies programs for anyone that wants to learn new creative skills, build their portfolio, and advance their career path. Choose from dozens of individual courses and workshops, or sign up for one of our full or part-time certificate programs. 

Undergraduate students are also welcomed to expand their breadth of learning by taking Continuing Studies courses outside their degree program. To get started, browse our available programs online today. 

Career paths

Inspiring job titles of our graduates

Visual Annotator, Videographer, Editor, Post-Production Supervisor, Producer, Cinematic Artist, Digital Cinema Specialist, Visual Artist, Set Designer

Dynamic employers that have recruited our graduates

National Film Board of Canada, Solipsist Ellipsis Media, Sony Entertainment, BRON Studios, Sweet Currant Video & Photo, Action Lab Film Productions Ltd. (self-employed), Double Negative, Footage Entertainment (self-employed), AM Productions

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU)

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) is a world-class university dedicated to art, design and media education. ECU was ranked the top art and design university in Canada, and among the top 50 universities world-wide by QS Rankings...

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Why study at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a school of students, teachers, thinkers and makers unlike any other – at once laser-focused and infinite by practice and nature. Established in 1925, we are the only specialized, accredited, public, post-secondary university in British Columbia solely devoted to education and research in the creative sector and its associated knowledge economy. We merge research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment, strengthening our work by the integration of our personal and professional practices. Our strategy, facilities, partnerships and resources are intentionally student-centred to foster dialogue, expression and open connections in support of the next generation of creative and cultural leaders.

Our home base in Vancouver – a young, vibrant city, known for its verve, beauty and unparalleled livability – reflects our core belief: Creativity will always be our greatest natural resource, individually and collectively. Inspired by this belief, our programs offer undergraduate, graduate degrees, and applied research in the fields of visual arts, media arts, and design, as well as professional certificates, pre-university, and lifelong learning in these areas.

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

520 East 1st Ave
V5T 0H2 Vancover, BH British Columbia

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