Film Studies BFA

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Film Studies BFA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 7,049 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 27,284

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film Studies is delivered by its celebrated School of Image Arts. It provides students with a thorough and culturally relevant framework in which they can study both analogue and digital on-screen storytelling techniques. This makes it possible to analyse them academically, and also provides a tool by which the student can examine their own practice, influences and output. 

    This program works hard to integrate critical theory and the craft of practical film making. It places a heavy emphasis on learning through actual experience, and is designed to nurture the skills and artistic sensibilities of each student on the individual level. It aims to produce the next generation of great Canadian film makers.

    When you graduate you’ll have all of the academic and theoretical skills you’d need to enter into an MA program, as well as the practical film craft skills you’ll need to work in the fed of visual communication. 

    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 4 years of full time study.

    Core Modules Include:

    • Art and the Classical Tradition
    • Art in the Modern World
    • Business of Film
    • Film History and Criticism since 1945
    • Film History and Criticism to 1945
    • Film Production
    • Film Production: Silent Film
    • Film Production: Sound Film
    • Film Technology I
    • Film Technology II
    • Film Technology III
    • Film Technology IV
    • Film Technology V
    • Film Theory I
    • Film Theory II
    • Film: Capstone Lecture
    • Introduction to Film Studies
    • Senior Project
    • Visual Studies I
    • Visual Studies II
    • Visual Studies III: Integrated Digital
    • Writing for Film I

    Optional Modules Include:

    • Creative Coding
    • Data Visualization
    • Designing for Web and Cross-Media (FCAD Elective)
    • Directing Screen Performance – Advanced
    • Directing Screen Performance – Basic Principles
    • FCAD’s Design Solutions Supercourse I
    • Global Campus Studio Supercourse I
    • Microcinema
    • New Approaches in Documentary Photography
    • Project in Creative Technology
    • Scenography I: Art Direction
    • Scenography II – Production Design
    • Soundscapes and Sonic Environments
    • Sustainable Design

    Learning And Teaching

    Ryerson University of relies upon many standard teaching techniques. These are chosen with the subject matter in mind, but will almost always include formal lectures, interactive tutorials and skills sessions as well as seminar classes. Remember that Ryerson is a major research university, and you will be able to contribute to these programs yourself in later years.

    The Film studies program will see you undertaking industry internships, producing a show reel of your work and interacting with many professional film makers.

    Career Possibilities

    Many of Ryerson’s BFA students have gone on to Master’s level programs all over the world. Ryerson itself several graduate programs in film or visual communication fields, and even offers scholarships and funding options for excellent candidates. 

    Other students go right into work or artistic practice, working as independent filmmakers, cinematographers, camera assistants, editors, sound recordists, or taking on ancillary roles with film festivals, film exhibition companies or film distributors.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BFA degree.

    Applicants must typically have graduated from a Canadian or overseas secondary school with an average of 70% or better, or the international equivalent.

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

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