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Program overview

Film—it reflects and influences who we are, it predicts what we might become. Whether created to entertain, to educate, or as art or experimental, film alters and expands our perception of reality.

You’ll examine film as the primary storytelling medium of our age. You’ll learn to think critically about cinema in its historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts, and to appreciate and watch this exciting visual medium with eyes wide open.

At Dalhousie, Film Studies is interdisciplinary, with courses offered across departments at Dal and the University of King's College. It's also inter-university, allowing you to take classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), and Saint Mary’s University (SMU).

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

The Film Studies minor program can be taken with either of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a Major or Double Major, in one or two of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) or Faculty of Science disciplines (4 years)
  • a BA or BSc with an Honours or Combined Honours in one or two of the FASS or Science disciplines (4 years)


See BA or BSc Admissions requirements.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2016/17

  • March 15 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The core courses have approximate 50 to 70 students.
  • Elective courses have a wide range, depending on the program or department offering the course.

Tuition Fees

Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style, traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing