Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Film Production?
Extended approaches to moving image making examine cinema and its role in the future. We need artist-researchers and media-makers to investigate how this medium responds to current technologies and advancements in order to develop new ideas and concepts in film production.
The MFA in Studio Arts, Film Production concentration, provides a laboratory setting where you can explore ways to advance your particular approach to filmmaking making through critical inquiry, experimentation, intellectual exchange and innovation. Our faculty members, key figures in contemporary, experimental and documentary cinema, will encourage you to consider diverse theoretical frameworks, processes and methodologies of contemporary moving image practices.
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 media that transcends traditional forms of animation, film, digital video and time-based installation. Montreal also offers opportunities for your productions to thrive given its reputation as an urban centre where traditional cinematic and new media practices flourish.
Since our department is comprised of seven disciplinary programs, you will be in the company of students working in fibres and material practices, intermedia, painting and drawing, photography, print media and sculpture. Regular feedback from artist-researchers in the department contributes to this dynamic learning environment, encouraging you to consider interdisciplinary approaches as you develop your artwork.
A Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with a Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Art History major, or an approved equivalent, from a recognized institution and with at least a B average in the major area is required. Applicants to the Film Production concentration are expected to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree in cinema or an approved equivalent with at least a B average in the major area. In all cases the students’ undergraduate experience and proficiency must be relevant to the area in which they plan to specialize at the graduate level.
Note: Students with a BFA from Concordia University must wait two (2) years before being considered for admission into the MFA 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 60 credits.
Courses. Candidates for the degree are normally required to complete a minimum of 24 credits in their studio concentration and 3 credits of DISP 615 Directed Studio Practice; 21 credits from ASEM 620, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645, 646, 651, 652, 653, 654, INTP 660, 661, 662, INDS 670, 671, 672; 9 credits in PROJ 691 Studio Project and 3 credits in PROJ 692 Exhibition or Film Project.
Studio Project and Exhibition or Film Project. In the third or fourth year and no less than six (6) months following the successful completion of the second year of course work, students may present their studio project and complete the exhibition or film project. Approval by both the student’s advisor and the graduate program director is required prior to the examination. Students are also required to submit documentation of their exhibition or film project to be kept on file in the office of the graduate program director.
Our graduate students are currently automatically granted a three-credit Teaching Assistantship in their first year of study and a six-credit Assistantship in their second year.
MFA students can apply to teach a select number of undergraduate courses in their third year of study. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis. These opportunities also provide valuable experience for our graduate students, many of whom are interested in pursuing teaching careers.
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.
Our alumni find success in a wide range of professional film careers. Many operate as independent filmmakers who screen their work around the world. Others work as art directors, film editors, scriptwriters, 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.
A number of our graduates also pursue careers as educators. 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.