Film Studies BA

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Film Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Film Studies is an exciting specialty, and this degree is equal parts critical and historical. Brock University’s BA in Film Studies is delivered by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, alongside Majors in Popular Culture, Media and Communication Studies and Business Communication. It can be taken as a 4 year Major in Film Studies, a 4 Year BA Honours degree, or a 3 year program leading to a Pass Degree.

    You’ll study film in general, but you can customise your degree as well. You’ll also be able to select s specialty, either Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media, Broadcast Journalism (Television News) or Advanced Film Making. In addition to your BA degree from Brock, you’ll receive an Advanced Post-Graduate Certificate in your specialty from Fanshawe College. Entry into the Fanshawe programs is only possible if you achieve a 70% or higher average in your first year of the Film Studies program.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 to 4 years of full time study.

    Film Studies Modules Include:

    • Advanced Studies in Popular Narrative
    • Advanced Topics in Film Studies
    • Applied Studies in Popular Narrative
    • Audience Studies
    • Authorship in the Cinema
    • Canadian Cinema
    • Canadian Popular Culture
    • Canadian Television
    • Contemporary Film Theory
    • Conventions of Screen Realism
    • Cybernetic Culture(s)
    • Directed Reading
    • Documentary Film
    • Early Film Theory
    • Environmental Film and Ecocinema: History, Theory and Practice
    • Film Genre
    • Film History I & II
    • Gender and Cinema to the 1960s
    • Gender and Contemporary Cinema
    • Honours Thesis
    • Introduction to Digital Film Production
    • Introduction to Film Studies
    • Issues in Canadian Cinema
    • Issues in Documentary Film
    • Issues in Film History
    • Issues in Popular Culture
    • Latin American and Iberian Film
    • National Cinema
    • New Media Literacy
    • Popular Cinema
    • Popular Narrative
    • Special Topics in Film Studies
    • Special Topics in Video Production
    • Taste and Cultural Politics
    • Television Genres
    • Television Studies
    • The Superhero in American Culture
    • Theories of Mass Culture
    • Theories of Popular Culture
    • Theories of the Visible
    • Writing Cultural Criticism for the Media

    Learning And Teaching

    Brock University relies on traditional teaching methods, of course. Large lecture classes, smaller interactive tutorials and seminars will be common, as well as weekly movie screenings. However, it is also heavily geared towards experiential learning.

    Credited experimental learning programs include:

    • Co-op degree programs
    • Placements and/or internships
    • Field courses (vocal, national, international)
    • Service learning courses
    • Creative or physical practice, performance, or exhibits
    • Consulting, entrepreneurship or design projects
    • Labs, simulations and experimentation

    Career Possibilities

    This degree can prepare you for a wide range of different careers, both academic and behind the camera, depending on your elective module and co-operative educational choices. In fact, 19 out of every 20 of Brock’s work study students are hired by their host organisation after graduation!

    Recent graduates of Brock’s Film Studies programs have taken roles as film critic, film festival programmer, television programmer, film industry professional, media content creator and media research analyst.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 or 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants to Brock’s Undergraduate programs should have a good Canadian secondary education behind them, or the international equivalent.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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