Art, Performance and Cinema Studies is the only BA at SFU that studies the fine and performing arts, with a focus on visual culture. In the first two years, Art, Performance and Cinema Studies students gain a grounding in the history of visual art, cinema, studio art, and, if they wish, the performing arts. Upper-year courses include critical theory, historical and thematic topics in visual culture, a course in performance studies, interdisciplinary research methods, curating, and a popular internship course.

Art, Performance and Cinema Studies prepares students for careers in the arts. Our alumni include arts writers, arts administrators, curators, film programmers, and practicing artists. The degree also prepares students for a number of graduate degrees. Our alumni have taken M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Visual Art, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Critical and Curatorial Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Theory, Culture, and Politics, Library Science, and other degrees.

For information about applying to the program, please follow the links at the Future Students section of the left sidebar menu.

Other Information

To discuss courses or a major or minor, contact 
Professor Denise Oleksijczuk, Art, Performance and Cinema Studies area coordinator:  778.782.3238
Simon Fraser University
Room 2875, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver

See detailed Art, Performance and Cinema Studies descriptions of major, honors major, and minor programs offered.

See all Contemporary Arts FPA Courses.

VIFF 2015 Reviews

VIFF 2015 
Film by SCA Film students and alumni at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Students and alumni of SCA’s BFA in Film are always well represented at VIFF as well as other Canadian and international festivals. 2015 may be SCA Film’s strongest showing yet, including:

- Frank and the Wondercat, feature documentary by alumni Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa. Reviewed here by Ryan Ermacora
- Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, feature documentary by alumnus Charles Wilkinson
- Lifeguard, by alumni Will Ross and Devan Scott
- My Favorite Summer, fiction short by alumna Liz Cairns
- My Good Man's Gone, fiction feature by alumnus Nick Citton
- Never Steady, Never Still, fiction short by alumni Kathleen Hepburn and Tyler Hagan (producer). Reviewed here by Kellen Jackson
- Ocean Falls, documentary short by current students Ryan Ermancora and Jessica Johnson. Reviewed here by Suzanne Friesen and Robin Dalla-Vicenza
- Penny's for Tea, fiction short by alumni Sophie Jarvis and Kane Stewart 

READ MORE: SFU Filmmakers Shine in Viff Shorts - The Peak

Student Reviews
Ocean Falls Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson (Canada, 2015, 15:00), by Michelle Martin  |  REVIEW
Ocean Falls Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson (Canada, 2015, 15:00), by Robin Dalla-Vicenza  |  REVIEW
Ocean Falls Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson (Canada, 2015, 15:00), by Suzanne Friesen  |  REVIEW

Frank and the Wondercat Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez­ Mesa (Canada, 2015, 67:00), by Marcella Scaglione  |  REVIEW
Frank and the Wondercat Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez­ Mesa (Canada, 2015, 67:00), by Ryan Ermacora  |  REVIEW
Never Steady, Never Still Kathleen Hepburn (Canada, 2015, 19:00), by Kellen Jackson  |  REVIEW

Arts and Philosophies of the Fold










Students in FPA 412, Arts and Philosophies of the Fold, used the spider plant as a case study of Leibniz's theory of the monad.

Critical Writing in the Arts

Read the student created blog, Fall 2014: FPA319w blog

Spring 2014 Catalogue


I am delighted to present the finest among many fine essays from the Fall 2013 course "Media Art in the Arab World." 45 students—scholars, filmmakers, and visual artists—viewed and discussed an enormous range of experimental, documentary, and fiction works by Arab filmmakers and media arts since the 1990s (all of which the SFU library purchased or rented). The students impressed me greatly with their perceptive and original analyses and I hope they will you too. In the following essays you will find:

Lindsey Adams' structural analysis of archive films by Rania Stephan, Maha Maamoun, and Raed Yassin

Taylor Beaumont's feminist analysis of Akram Zaatari's Majnounak and Gheith Al-Amine's Once Upon a Sidewalk 

Dasha Boichenko identifies a red thread running through Mohamed Soueid's My Heart Beats Only for Her 

Adrienne Evans on Mounira El Solh confronting the animal as other in A Double Burger and Two Metamorphoses  

Two interpretations of The Dove's Lost Necklace by Nacer Khémir: a mystical analysis by Vladimir Fedulov and a feminist analysis by Jasmine Kwong 

Nataliya Fedulova on the intimate performativity of Joana Hadjithomas' and Khalil Joreige's Je Veux Voir 

Nicole Kunkel's reflection on the politics of postponed content in Hassan Khan's Blind Ambition 

Matthew MacLellan examines the life of the pixel in Rania Stephan's The Three Disappearances of Souad Hosni 

Munira Mohamud on the poetics of exile in Elia Suleiman's Homage By Assassination 

Louise Rusch on moving beyond clichés of Arabness in Dima El Horr's Every Day Is A Holiday 

Cory Woodcock on creative aniconism in the videos of Mounir Fatmi

Happy reading! Copyright belongs to the authors. If you would like to reprint any of these essays, please contact me, and I will pass on your request to the author.

--Proud professor Laura Marks (

Spring 2013 Catalogue


We publish here some of the best student papers in film theory from Fall 2012. These thinkers have explored psychoanalytic film theory, the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, phenomenology, feminist film theory, coming up with striking analyses of Véra Chytilova's Daisies (1966), Danny Boyle's 127 Hours (2010), Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind (1956), and other films. Congratulations to the writers!

--Laura Marks

Anna Howlett, Negating the Synthesis: Approaching Feminist Film Theory Through Hegelian Dialectics

Jae Woo Kang, Immersing Into the Eye of the Camera

Michael Town, The Lacanian Real in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Sepehr Samimi, A Thousand Eyes For Perception, 
A Deleuzian Analysis of 127 hours

Thanh Nguyen, Masculinity in Melodrama: A Psychoanalytic "Gaze" at Written on the Wind

Summer 2012 Catalogue

Dossier on Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics with an Introduction by Laura U. Marks

Erin Brown, Leibniz, Deleuze, and the 'Red Book" Mandalas of C.G. Jung
Tyler Fox, Metastable Care: Considering Semi-Living Monads in BioArt
Jerina Hajno, Creased Surface, Open City: Baroque Aesthetics and Withholding Resolution in Sarah Morris' City Films
Ozgun Eylul Iscen, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: The Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics of a Film
Katie Koncan, The One in the Many and the Many in the One: An Analysis of Monads, Folds, and the New Harmony in Jonathan Luckhurst's 'Monuments' Exhibition
Stacey Leung, Language as Information and Screen (on Emmett Williams' 13 Variations)
Ashley McLellan, Spirituality Persists: Unfolding an Immanent Spirituality in Annika Rixen’s Sciences of Observation
Jacqueline Ross, Reversible Terrain: Point of View in Kan Xuan's Nothing!
Sarah Stilwell, Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker: Matter, soul and folded surfaces
Yi Xin Tong, Life of Im/mobility (on Baum by Christoph Runné)
Laura Weber, The image of information in Malcolm Levy’s video art: the digital plane of immanence and the unfolding of an Other world
Natasha Zimich, Feminine Manners of Unfolding in Horror Cinema: Unpacking Karen Lam’s Short Film Doll Parts

Copyright held by authors. All rights reserved.
Diagrams by Katie Koncan and Erin Brown.
Papers from  Art & Culture Studies Summer 2012

Spring 2012 Catalogue

Some of the best projects from Art and Culture classes in Fall 2011.

Erin Brown, We Are Everywhere: Queer Space and the Art of Living in Glass Houses
Ryan Faliszewski, Towards an Architecture of Trans-Dimensionality: New Ontologies of Embodiment in Gordon Matta-Clark’s Anarchitectural Practice
Brenna Holler, The Virtualities of Randomness
Stacey Leung,  On Nikki S. Lee
Katrina Orlowski, The significance of Chris Marker’s documentary film practice: Exploring Peirce’s semiotics in Description of a Struggle and Sunless
Ozgun Eylul Isacen, In Between: A Video Project (video is at
Emily MacLean, Unfamiliar bodies: feeling queer, phantom limbs, and Mental States
Jacquelyn Ross, Unfolding in Space and Time: On Tauba Auerbach's Fold Paintings
The imaginary exhibition "(half) second: look, think, again" curated by Erin Brown, Stacey Leung, Emily MacLean, Ashley McLellan, and Doralynn Mui

All rights reserved. Copyright held by the authors and Simon Fraser University.

Faculty Profile

Denise Oleksijczuk

Denise Oleksijczuk

Associate Professor

Art and Culture historian whose research concentrates on images and objects produced in Britain and Canada. She teaches across both nineteenth and twentieth centuries,… More