Film Studies will help prepare students for careers in the areas of film, video and new media in addition to further graduate study. While not specifically a professional program, these degrees allow students to develop an interdisciplinary appreciation of cinema as a popular medium of communications. In addition to developing a critical understanding of cinema, students will consider film as an art form, as a cultural industry, and as an innovative and developing technology with cultural, social and political significance. Students registered in the Film Studies Major program have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts program in film or a Bachelor of Film Studies degree (BFS) offered in conjunction with SAIT Polytechnic. The BA program is intended to provide an awareness of the cultural, historical and social character of film. The BFS degree program combines an appreciation of critical and theoretical approaches to film with professional-level production skills and credentials.