Cinema & Media Arts

Visual language is the foremost universal language of our time.

In AMPD’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts, students experientially learn to understand, think and work in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, our integrated curriculum offers exceptional training across the spectrum.



This innovative program integrates hands-on media-making using evolving screen technologies and new media platforms with critical, curatorial and applied studies in contemporary media culture. Students have the opportunity to develop their creative practice across a wide range of screen-based media, from digital publications, web, mobile and social media to virtual reality and gaming environments, 3D and interactive productions. A field placement in the media industry is an integral part of the curriculum.


Combining technical skills with the creative aspects of film as a medium of storytelling, social engagement and self-expression, this program immerses students in all facets of filmmaking. Foundational courses in production and screenwriting lead to specialized courses in cinematography, editing, sound, directing, production management and production design. Students work in industry-standard facilities to create documentary, alternative or fiction projects of professional calibre in a range of formats. Complementary courses in Cinema and Media Studies enable students to understand the historical and theoretical framework underlying their productions.


In today’s multi-platform universe, the quality of content and storytelling are paramount. At York, Canada’s only undergraduate screenwriting degree program provides intensive training in the art of moving image storytelling across genres from short films to TV series to feature films and new media. Screenwriting students collaborate with production students to pitch their screenplays and see them brought to life on screen.


Focusing on cinema and media history, theory, criticism and other media-rich arts such as gaming and social media forms, this program prepares students for hybrid careers in a world increasingly interconnected through modes of communication and interaction involving moving images. Students develop specialized knowledge of genre, authorship, national and transnational cinemas, moving image technologies, and cultural theory. They may also pursue engaged learning in the areas of producing, marketing, the business of film, curating and festival programming.


Cinema & Media Arts students have the opportunity to do field placements in a broad array of settings within Toronto’s media industry. Past placements include work with filmmakers Deepa Mehta and Jennifer Baichwal, festivals such as TIFF and Images, institutions like the National Film Board of Canada, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and Art Gallery of Ontario, and independent production and distribution companies.


Cinema & Media Arts students may apply for concurrent degree studies with the Faculty of Education.

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