The BA in Cinema Studies has been approved by SFU's Senate and Board of Governors, and is currently awaiting final approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education. We anticipate that the program will be able to commence by September 2012 and students can plan on enrolling in lower-division courses like FPA 111 and FPA 136 this September.
This fall the Film Program in the School for the Contemporary Arts will begin to offer a BA in Cinema Studies. This program offers the most exciting and diverse curriculum of any offerings in cinema studies in British Columbia. In your first years you gain a solid foundation in the history of world cinema, from its earliest beginnings to the most diverse range of contemporary cinema. As your program progresses, you can choose from a wide range of elective courses not only in the School for the Contemporary Arts, but in all the departments at SFU affiliated with the BA in Cinema Studies: Communication, the School for Interactive Art and Technology, English, French, Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and more. The program is designed around core courses in world cinema and film theory, but leaves students a lot of flexibility to design a program tailored to their specific interests. Students will also able to take a class in production specifically designed for cinema studies majors, and opportunities abound to work closely with production students pursuing their BFA in Film, as well as with students in all the other areas of the School, including Visual Art, Art and Culture Studies, Theatre Performance and Production, Dance, and Music. The School for the Contemporary Arts offers all the advantages of a small, intimate art school -- lots of attention from your professors, close interaction with fellow students, the familiarity of a small program -- and all the advantages of a large university -- access to a vast array of courses, faculty engaged in high-level research, excellent and varied facilities, and more.