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Film, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
BFA Film students at Simon Fraser University learn by making their own films and videos in each year of their program, and begin working with 16mm in their first semester. Students work closely with instructors in small classes. 
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If you want to study films and filmmaking in the context of culture and creation, then you will be interested in this program. The Film program in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology is one of the performing and fine arts offered by the School for Contemporary Arts.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in Film offered by Simon Fraser University provides creative, technical and analytical studies within the school’s interdisciplinary setting. Film and video production courses emphasize the creation of original work and technical skills aquisition. Film courses familiarize students with the aesthetic and social issues surrounding contemporary film and video practice which are an integral part of the curriculum. Students augment the components of film and video through interdisciplinary studies and projects. Directed study courses are available for upper division students to work independently.

Students whose interest in film is related primarily to historical, critical, or theoretical aspects should see the Visual Culture and Performance Studies major program, leading to a bachelor of arts, and to the Film and Video Studies minor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Film
  • Filmmaking
  • The History and Aesthetics of Cinema
  • The Techniques of Film
  • Experimental Film and Video
  • Cinema in Canada
  • Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies
  • Film Sound
  • Screenwriting

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Students may apply for program admission after completing FPA 231, normally at the end of the second year of study. Approval will be based on the student’s creative work and academic record in required lower division courses.

Students must arrange to send official transcripts of academic records from all schools and colleges attended to Simon Fraser University. Replaceable documents will not be returned. Irreplaceable documents will be returned to the student personally, on request. If the student’s documents are not in either English or French, Simon Fraser University may require an official translation, certified by an educational official of the student’s country.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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