Why study Cinema and Media Studies at Dal?

Open your eyes to new perspectives on the multimedia culture

Our Cinema and Media Studies program embraces today's incredible variety of moving images — from theatrically released films to TV, YouTube and video games. Look at Hollywood alongside art films, and explore cinema from across the globe and its many cultures.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Department: Fountain School of Performing Arts
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

You’ll be introduced to audiovisual analysis and the language of cinematography, editing, sound, acting, and art direction—and study the history of the moving image from its beginnings to the present day.

Elective courses at the intermediate and advanced level provide opportunities to study specific genres, directors, and national cinemas. You'll also dive into interdisciplinary topics such as narration, narrative in fiction and film, feminist film practices and music and film.

Sample courses:

  • Film History I
  • Studies in Film Directors
  • Stars and Stardom on Stage and Screen

The Fountain School of Performing Arts also enables its students to engage in experiential learning for academic credit through placement with an established organization in the field of cinema and media.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Whatever your dream job, the Cinema and Media Studies program will be extremely useful to any job in today’s information-based, visually-oriented culture. If you're interested in the variety of careers related to film or the film industry, options might include:

  • publicity coordinator
  • filmmaker
  • screenwriter

You'll be prepared with the crtical analysis and writing skills you'll need for future studies at the graduate level or in another subject matter.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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