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Cinematic Arts (MFA)

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

The MFA in Cinematic Arts program is designed to foster creative cinematic expression and production, with an emphasis on hybrid media and research models that integrate artistic practice with critical, theoretical and historical inquiry. The program recognizes cinematic art as a distinct discipline, with its own specializations, research questions and debates, discourses, theories, methodologies, pedagogies, systems of peer review and professional associations. The program positions cine-artists as producers of unique forms of aesthetic, material and theoretical knowledge, produced through practice-led research creation methodologies. As an umbrella discipline that holds within it different specializations, from cinematography, editing and writing through installation and augmented approaches to digitally mediated world, cinematic art is the ideal locus for experimentation in ground-breaking forms of practice-led knowledge production.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Courses page for course descriptions.

Cinematic Arts MFA (45 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

FMPR 620 Film Production I (3.00)
FMPR 621 Film Production II (3.00)
FMPR 622 Film Production III (3.00)
FMPR 623 Film Production IV (3.00)



FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses, with 3 credits chosen from the Cinematic Arts MFA Elective Courses and 3 credits from outside the program approved by the Graduate Program Director and with permission of the other area offering the course.

Note: Students may count a maximum of 3 credits of supervised internship credits toward the degree requirements for the program.



FMPR 691 Research-Creation Thesis (24.00)

Cinematic Arts MFA Studio Courses

FMPR 620 Film Production I (3.00)
FMPR 621 Film Production II (3.00)
FMPR 622 Film Production III (3.00)
FMPR 623 Film Production IV (3.00)
FMPR 625 Graduate Symposium (3.00)

Cinematic Arts MFA Studio Courses

FMPR 630 Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction (3.00)
FMPR 640 Special Topics in Fiction Practices (3.00)

MFA Cinematic Arts Internship and Independent Study Courses

FMPR 661 Professional Internship (3.00)
FMPR 671 Independent Study (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • BFA or BA in a concentration in film production, video, photography, animation, media arts, or equivalent from a recognized institution and with a minimum B average in the major area.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other programs may also be considered.
  • Undergraduate experience and proficiency relevant to the area of cinematic arts.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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