Film

Overview

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.

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

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.

Academic Calendar:

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.

BC high school admission requirements

Not a BC high school student?

General requirements

A comprehensive list of all approved Grade 11 and 12 academic courses can be found here. Admission is based on an evaluation of all approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses.

Online/distance education courses must be 100% complete by January 31, 2020.

Applicants are required to submit a supplemental application.

Audition, interview or portfolio required. See details.  

Grade 11 required courses

Type Course List B
One of:
English 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + New Media 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Spoken Language 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Writing 11
  • Composition 11
  • Creative Writing 11
  • English First Peoples 11
  • New Media 11
  • Spoken Language 11
One of:
Language 11

A language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)
One of:
Math 11
  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-calculus 11
One of:
Science 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Science 11
  • Environmental Science 11
  • Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11)
  • Physics 11
  • Specialized Science 12
One of:
Social Studies 11

See all approved grade 11 courses

Grade 12 required courses

t warning Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including all required course. Equivalent AP or IB courses maybe used in place of the following courses.

Type Course List A
One of: 
English 12
  • English Studies 12 (English 12) (min 70%)
  • English First Peoples 12 (min 70%)
  • Francais langue et culture 12 
Two of:
  • 20th Century World History 12 (History 12)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Art Studio 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12)
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Comparative Cultures 12 (Comparative Civilizations 12)
  • Composition & Production 12
  • Composition 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Contemporary Music 12
  • Creative Writing 12
  • Dance Choreography 12
  • Dance Company 12
  • Dance Conditioning 12
  • Dance Foundations 12
  • Dance Technique & Performance 12
  • Directing & Scriptwriting 12
  • Drama 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Economics 12
  • Film & Television 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Graphic Arts 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, Orchestra 12)
  • Law Studies 12
  • Literary Studies 12 (English Literature 12)
  • Media Arts 12
  • Musical Theatre 12
  • New Media 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Photography 12
  • Physics 12
  • Political Studies 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spoken Language 12
  • Studio Arts 2D 12
  • Studio Arts 3D 12
  • Theatre Company 12
  • Theatre Production 12
  • Urban Studies 12

 

Type Course List B
Two additional:
From List A or List B
  • Accounting 12
  • American Sign Language 12
  • Computer Science 12
  • Engineering 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Environmental Science 12 (Sustainable Resources 12)
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • French 12
  • Geology 12
  • Geometry 12
  • German 12
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • Mechatronics 12
  • Physical Geography 12 (Geography 12)
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Statistics 12

See all approved grade 12 courses

How to apply

Applying to the major program

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

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • 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

Program application process

For this program, you will need an audition, interview or portfolio. They are scheduled each Spring, between February and April. See more details at sfu.ca/sca/future-students/undergraduate.

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.