Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts?
The MFA in Cinematic Arts provides a laboratory setting where you will explore ways to advance your particular approach to filmmaking through critical inquiry, experimentation, intellectual exchange and innovation. Our faculty members, key figures in a diversity of genres within contemporary cinema, will encourage you to consider distinctive theoretical frameworks, processes and methodologies of contemporary moving image practices. Our dynamic learning environment promotes interdisciplinary and expanded approaches that examine cinema and its role in the future, how it responds to current technologies and advancements in order to develop new ideas and concepts in film production.
Take advantage of an extensive range of facilities and resources through the Fine Arts Academic and Research Facilities, the Centre for Digital Arts and the Visual Collections Repository (VCR). Our cutting-edge equipment provides the technical means for you to create works that transcend traditional forms of film, digital video, animation and time-based installation. Montreal also offers numerous opportunities given its reputation as an urban center where traditional cinematic and new media practices flourish.
A Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in film production, video, photography, animation, media arts, or equivalent, with a minimum B average (GPA 3.00) in the applicant's undergraduate degree. In all cases, the students’ undergraduate experience and proficiency must be relevant to the area of cinematic arts. Some applicants who have undergraduate degrees in other programs may also be considered. Qualified applicants lacking prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program.
Proficiency in English: Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Courses. Candidates for the degree are normally required to complete a minimum of 15 credits in their Cinematic concentration, 6 credits of electives and a 24-credit thesis.
FMPR 691 Research-creation Thesis (24 credits) The Cinematic Arts thesis encompasses two synthesized components: a creative production component and a written component. The creative production is an integral part of the research-creation and may be presented in a variety of cinematic idioms and platforms. It does not have a required length as this may vary depending upon the chosen medium. The written component demonstrates knowledge of prevailing practices, precedents, and relevant literature, as they relate to the creative production.
FMPR 620 Film Production I (3 credits) This research-creation methods course develops theoretical frameworks within cross-disciplinary trajectories for contemporary cinematic practices and investigates the reciprocal affiliations between theory and creative process.
FMPR 621 Film Production II (3 credits) This image aesthetics course explores topics such as the poetics of cinematography, script visualization, experimental imaging, and analogue praxis. Focus is on the relationships between methods, materials, and the formal strategies used across diverse practices.
FMPR 622 Film Production III (3 credits) In this sound aesthetics course, students develop an individualized approach to the audio-visual relationship within cinematic contexts. Topics include sound design, music for screens, sound art, and rerecording.
FMPR 623 Film Production IV (3 credits) This production methods course addresses topics such as division of labor, specialization and collaboration, application of cinematic technologies and exhibition modalities, and creative producing strategies. The course culminates in the presentation of the completed thesis project proposal.
One ELECTIVE - To be taken outside the Program (3 credits) Chosen from areas such as film studies, studio arts, anthropology, or other disciplines related to the student's thesis research.
One ELECTIVE - To be taken inside the Program (3 credits) Will be taken as either FMPR 630 or FMPR 640 depending upon which is offered that year.
FMPR 630 Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction / FMPR 640 Special Topics in Fictional Practices.
FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3 credits)
This is a two-semester course for which students enroll in the Fall term. Throughout the symposium series, in-progress thesis research presentations by students are enhanced with presentations by invited cine-artists. Students submit a written research report each term for evaluation.
FMPR 691 Research-creation Thesis (24 credits) The thesis encompasses two synthesized components: a creative production component and a written component.
The program offers funding packages on a competitive basis ranging from $2,000 to $30,000 for the duration of the program, as well as Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships to incoming students.
Employment opportunities also exist as Research Assistants in the faculty’s research centres.
The Cinema Students Association represents the interests and concerns of cinema students in internal and external affairs. The committee serves as an important link between students and faculty, and is responsible for organizing an array of events, including the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema's annual year-end screening.
The MFA in Cinematic Arts equips graduates to deal with the challenges of today's cinema arts workforce by providing them the opportunity to develop critical and professional skills that prepare them for a broad range of career prospects in both for profit and not-for-profit creative industries, in the independent film and commercial sectors, and in academia. Accordingly, they are well positioned to respond and contribute to innovative strategies in the growing demand for screen-based media content both intellectually and practically.
Our alumni find success in a wide range of professional film careers. Many operate asindependent filmmakers who screen their work around the world. Others work as art directors, film editors, scriptwriters, producers, post-production coordinators, documentarians and directors of photography. Several graduates serve as presidents of established production companies, while others write policy and direct programs for Telefilm Canada and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles. Our alumni can be found teaching in institutions including CEGEP John Abbott, CEGEP de Sherbrooke, NSCAD University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, York University, University of Saskatchewan, Emerson College, and Florida State University.