Film is an interdisciplinary program: along with rigorous technical training and instruction in cinema studies, you will deepen your understanding of other artistic disciplines. You’ll learn by making your own films and videos, working closely with local and global instructors and professionals. These relationships turn into long-term partnerships after school, leading many grads to produce prize-winning films.


The Film major in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology is one of the performing and fine arts offered by the School for Contemporary Arts. This program is offered at the Vancouver campus.  The minor program focuses on theoretical, analytical, historical and critical aspects of film and video.

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Major program description >
Film and Video Studies Minor program description>
View school website >

Admission requirements for Film

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

The major: university application process

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BFA Film - Vancouver

The major: Program application process

Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or portfolio. Contact the office for information on procedures and deadlines.

School for the Contemporary Arts

For this program, you will need an audition, interview or portfolio. They are scheduled each Spring, between February and April. See more details at

Applying to the minor program

You may apply to the minor program after being accepted to a major program and completing a certain number of units. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Art Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Associate Producer
  • Camera Operator
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Line Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Sound Designer
  • Teacher
  • Set Designer
  • Visual Effects Artist

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.