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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.11 Communication, Media and Film 4.11.7 Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS)
4.11.7 Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS)

The Bachelor of Film Studies degree is offered in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic. The University of Calgary portion of the degree (72 units) may be taken either before or after the SAIT portion of the degree (48 units).


Note: Students must apply separately to SAIT Polytechnic and meet all its admission requirements and application deadlines.

When a student presents a SAIT or equivalent diploma for block transfer credit to the Bachelor of Film Studies degree, the grade point average for admission to the Film Studies program will be calculated using the most recently completed 30 units taken to complete the diploma.



Students must adhere to the requirements set out in Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.3.1 Major Degree Programs.

Exception to junior credit limit: Students in the BFS program are permitted an extra 6 units in junior level courses for a maximum of 54 units at the junior or 200 level. Junior courses transferred as part of the diploma (24 units) count towards this maximum.


In addition to 48 units of transfer credits from the diploma, students must fulfill the following requirements, with a minimum of 36 units and a maximum of 42 units from the Field of Film Studies while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 12 units as follows:

    a. 9 units: Film 201, 321; Communication and Media Studies 581.
    b. 3 units from: Film 331 or 333.

  2. Advanced Courses: 3 units from courses labelled Film at the 400 level or above.

  3. Film Options: 21 units from Courses Constituting the Field of Film Studies, with a maximum of 6 units from courses not labelled Film.


Applicable Diploma: Completion of the SAIT Film and Video Production diploma program, or approved equivalent, with a grade point average of 2.00 on all courses.


The Bachelor of Film Studies can be taken with Co-operative Education but students may face sequencing constraints and require extra time to complete their programs. See section 3.3.8 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.


  • Students who are unsuccessful in applying to SAIT may transfer to the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Calgary, or to any other University of Calgary program for which they qualify. Courses already completed toward the Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS) may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies.
  • Students completing their diploma in the semester prior to graduation will need to ensure that a transcript recording the diploma conferral is received by the University of Calgary by the transcript deadline date. Due to the length of processing time required, transcripts received after the deadline will be considered for the next convocation period. Please contact the Arts Students' Centre for further information.