Film Production (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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.
- BFA or BA with a Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Art History major, or an approved equivalent, from a recognized institution and with a minimum B average in the major area.
- Undergraduate experience and proficiency relevant to the area of specialization.
- Applicants to the Film Production concentration are expected to have a BFA or BA degree in cinema or an approved equivalent with at least a B average in the major area.
- 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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits.
Please see the Studio Arts Courses page for course descriptions.
Studio Arts MFA (60 credits)
credits chosen from the Studio Concentration
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During the first two years of the program, students combine seminar courses with independent, supervised studio practice. The third year is devoted to studio practice and production.
- Film Production I-IV
- Directed Studio Practice
- Studio Project
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.