Film Studies

Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS)

Why choose Film Studies?


Film Studies scholars ask questions such as: what is the interplay of truth and fiction in documentary cinema? How do film festivals shape critical, commercial, and creative practices? What can the work of Alfred Hitchcock teach us about contemporary global cinema? How exactly does the materiality of the filmstrip compare to new digital technologies?

For more than a century, motion pictures have flourished as the most pervasive medium for entertainment and expression, blending art with new technology in fascinating ways. Film Studies explores the kind of art form that film is today, as well as the ways the medium has both reflected and shaped global culture since its inception. 

Career opportunities

​Film Studies courses provide relevant analytical skills as well as historical and theoretical frameworks to make sense of visual culture in the 21st century. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in film and media criticism; film programming and production; work in cultural institutions; and university research and teaching. A degree in Film Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree.

Program highlights

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.


Courses in this program

Film Theory up to 1950, History of Popular Cinema, Issues in Film History, ​Introduction to Film Studies, ​Introduction to Research in Film Studies


The film studies program has been a major help in directing me toward my passion, which is exhibition. I have been a volunteer with the Calgary International Film Festival since 2009, blogging and now previewing films. I review submissions and help advise the programming department. I also curated the short film selections for the 2012 Sled Island Film festival, and programmed the awards screenings. My goal is to work full-time for the programming department of a major film festival.

– ​Erin F, BFS'11


Admission requirements
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English Language Arts 30-1

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Only one of Art, Dance, Drama or Music can be used in calculating the admission average

Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses or SAT2 subject tests are accepted.

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Alberta curriculum
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Mid 70s

Approved options and courses

Approved courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computing Science 30 (5-credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved options

  • Social Studies 30-2
  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.
  • Students applying for Summer 2022 forward should review the options tab below.

Approved courses and options notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  3. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE option requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

List of Approved Options for Summer 2022 Admissions Forward

Beginning Summer 2022, the lists of approved options for admissions has been updated to the options below. Approved courses remain the same as in the tab above.

Social Studies 30‐2

Social Sciences

  • International Politics
  • World Religions
  • World Geography
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cultural and Physical Anthropology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Philosophies of Man
  • Microeconomics
  • Western World History
  • Macroeconomics

Career and Technology course groupings
(all courses within a course grouping can be used)

 

  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Design Studies
  • Electro‐technologies
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Financial Management
  • Human and Social Services
  • Legal Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Networking
  • Primary Resources
  • Recreation Leadership

Dual Credit courses

Locally Developed Courses

  • Design thinking for Innovation
  • Forensic Studies
  • Fine Arts group
  • Second language group
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry (Advanced)
  • Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Environmental Science Advanced
  • Global Perspectives
  • Journalism
  • Literary Creation
  • Marine Life and Ecosystem Studies
  • Physics (Advanced)
  • Psychology – Abnormal
  • Scientific Research
  • Religious Studies

Locally developed courses may be added or removed as curriculum revisions are made. Course outlines can be sent to the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Recruitment for assessment.

Options from the approved list will be combined (if required) to fulfill one approved option requirement (5 or 6 credits) using the courses with the higher grades first. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

For standard admission, intermediate credits will be used where 5 advanced credits are not available. For final admission, advanced credits will be used.

As a current high school student, the University of Calgary will review your application through our standard and early admission processes each time new grades are presented. We review based on the highest level of courses received at the time of review (this means that if you have completed a grade 12 (30 level) required course, this course will be used instead of the grade 11 (20 level) course.

Early Admission Process

The early admission process considers four approved program specific courses from grade 11 (20 level or equivalent). The admission office issues a smaller number of offers at a higher academic average during the early review with the majority of offers being issued through standard admission.

Standard Admission Process

The standard admission process considers five program specific courses from grade 11 or 12 (20 or 30 level or equivalent). At least one course must be at grade 12 (30 level or equivalent). Competitive admission averages are listed above.

Finalizing Admission

Students admitted through the early or standard process must complete all grade 12 (30-level or equivalent) course requirements, maintain the admission average required for admission in the year of application and obtain their Alberta Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent).

The University of Calgary seeks first and foremost to attract excellent academic students. However, the University also recognizes that those who have achieved excellence outside academics or who have overcome significant hardships can make positive contributions to the University community. Recognizing that excellence means more than academic excellence, the University of Calgary may admit up to one per cent of new undergraduate students annually under this category.

To be eligible to apply under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process, students must demonstrate:

  • Excellence in non-academic areas
  • High potential in academic/research activities
  • Perseverance under great difficulty or hardship

In addition, students must:

  • Meet the minimum admission requirements as specified in section A.5 of the Calendar
  • Meet the University’s English Language Proficiency requirement
  • Be either a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Indicate their desire to be considered under this category on the Application for Admission
  • Provide contact information for two references
  • Complete a personal profile outlining circumstances, personal achievements and educational goals
  • Provide official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended

For further information about the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process and application deadlines, visit: ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/diverse-qualifications.

If you have self-identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) on your application form, you will automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous admissions process, if needed. For more information, please visit https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/indigenous/admissions_process

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. There are three ways to meet our English language entrance requirements: High school studies, English language test scores, and the Academic Communications Certificate (ACC).

High school studies

To meet the English language requirements with your high school studies, you must have completed three years of study with English as the primary language of instruction at an accredited Canadian, American, or British curricula high school (including CIS) or in a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country

English language test scores

If your high school education does not fulfil UCalgary's English language requirements, you can present one of the minimum scores listed in the Academic Calendar

Note: Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 0813, and the department code is 00.

Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)

The ACC is for English learners who want to enter a university program. If you apply for undergraduate admission and complete the ACC through UCalgary Continuing Education by the end of summer term in the year of application, you could be considered for conditional admission to a degree program.

Learn more at ucalgary.ca/esl/acc.

Approved courses for from the IB curriculum can be found at https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-12-1.html

Approved courses from AP examinations can be found at https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-12-2.html

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