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Film and Moving Image Studies (BFA)

This program was formerly called Film studies

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Experiential learning

Why choose Film and Moving Image Studies?

Every day, our culture is flooded with new moving images. Film and Moving Image Studies teaches you how to read visual culture and speak the dominant creative language of the last century. Explore the history of cinema in its global breadth — from documentary to experimental and narrative feature films — and the future of cinema in its many emergent forms.

Studying film as fine art, pop culture and commercial industry trains you to think critically about films and their cultural context. You’ll develop a deep understanding of film’s aesthetics and relation to society. You’ll write film reviews, analyze film sequences, and become a cultural critic. 

Program highlights

  • Flexible, dynamic program with numerous internship opportunities
  • Smaller class sizes foster a sense of community and critical engagement

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

*Admission is to the major. Students in the major may apply for a transfer to the specialization after completing specific first-year courses.


The breadth and depth of faculty expertise in Concordia's Film and Moving Image Studies programs is really what make our courses so exciting. Our faculty members have expertise in many areas:

  • Sexuality studies, feminism and female filmmakers, Queer Cinema
  • Political documentary, postcolonial theory, the history of film studies
  • Cinephilia, underground filmmaking, melodrama, semiotics, film theory
  • Experimental ethnography, Soviet Cinema, Japanese Anime

Please note that film production courses are only available to students in the Specialization in Film and Moving Image Studies program.

For a list of required courses, please download the Program Guide according to year of entry.

Internships and other study opportunities

Conferences, lectures & symposia
In addition to the variety of special lectures, conferences and symposiums organized by Concordia's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (MHSoC), our cinema faculty maintain several research centres, among them, Concordia's Documentary Centre, the Advanced Research Team on History and Epistemology of Moving Image Study (ARTHEMIS), and the Sense Lab

International study opportunities
Concordia University offers students the opportunity to take part in an International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that will count for credit towards their Concordia degree, while paying the same tuition fees they do at home and possibly receiving funding. International study opportunities bring cultural diversity and enrichment through immersion in the programs of study at Concordia’s partner institutions.

Professional internships
The MHSoC has established collaboration with all of the major film festivals in Montreal, through which many students find volunteer and internship opportunities each year. Moreover, students may opt to apply up to six credits from their degree towards an internship in film-related institutions, where they can pursue work in film archiving, research, editing publications or writing film criticism. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar or Graduate Calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites.

Independent studies
Students may explore specific areas of film through independent study. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar or Graduate Calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites.  

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

  • This program is available for Fall admission only.
  • Applicants to Film and Moving Image Studies may be be put on a wait list depending on applicant pool and space in the program.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

You’ll graduate with superior communication skills, plus the knowledge and discipline to think critically about culture and society. Our alumni work in cultural industries including:

  • Film conservation
  • Film production
  • Museums and galleries
  • Archives and libraries

Many of our students go on to graduate programs in moving image studies.

Other programs of interest

Art History and Film Studies (BFA)

The Art History and Film Studies Major facilitates students' understanding of the critical intersections between art and film, both historically and today, and offers an opportunity to better understand the future of these media practices.



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