Film Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS)

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What you will learn in this program

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.

Courses you'll take:

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

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Program enhancements

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

Work experience

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

Hands-on opportunities

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

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

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Film studies is a fantastic way to get an undergraduate education. While the program focus is on movies, it allows us to talk about lots of other things—like history, politics, philosophy, technology, and traditions of art and literature. 

Lee Carruthers, PhD — Assistant Professor

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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My experience in film studies at UCalgary has been nothing but exceptional. When I started my university journey I was unsure of what path to choose, but after transferring into film studies in my second year, I knew I had made the right choice and have never looked back. The quality of teaching and encouragement to excel is outstanding. So too is the number and quality of guest speakers — accomplished screenwriters, directors, even the former head of Disney animation. Amazing opportunities.

Mary A., film studies student

Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4