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Program Overview

The Media Arts BFA is built around a series of Media Practice studio courses taken concurrently with courses in writing, media history, theory, and criticism, as well as innovative one-credit “technology knowledge (tech-know)” courses in software that provide flexibility for students to develop their own interests in a very wide and expansive media arts field. The program culminates in a capstone project and field placement in the media industries, preparing graduates for success in today's rapidly evolving media landscape.

Sample Courses

As a Media Arts student you can take courses like:

Career Possibilities

As a Media Arts student you can become:

  • Social media content specialist
  • Digital content manager in communications agency
  • Visual Effects (VFX) artist
  • Media producer

Degree Level

Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Cinema and Media Arts

4 years

Entry Options
Fall, Winter or Summer

Next Steps

We’re excited that you’re considering applying to York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD). Check out our step-by-step guide to submitting an application.

Immerse Yourself in Media Arts at AMPD

Master classes with renowned visiting artists and theorists.

Access to state-of-the-art technologies that are defining new directions in screen and sound art.

Field placement opportunities.

Small class sizes, ranging from 25 students in first-year to 10-15 students in upper years.

Mentorship and guidance to develop your creative vision through diverse media. 

More than 50 years of nurturing creative, bold and meaningful work by new generations of filmmakers and scholars!

Learning Outcomes

Share your story, find your vision, build the future

Building a Solid Foundation

  • Build a solid foundation in Media Practice I & II studio classes, where students will be introduced to a wide range skills: camera work and image composition, sound recording and mixing, basic 2D animation and 3D asset creation, worldbuilding, screenwriting and interactive game writing essentials. 
  • Analyze and understand cinema and media in a cultural and economic context through courses that ground media practice in key theoretical concepts and histories 

Acquire Specialized Training

  • Acquire specialized training in Media Practice III and Fourth Year Projects through work on crews and collaborative team projects. 
  • Explore electives with hands-on experience using multiple creative technologies (motion capture, virtual cinematography, virtual environment design, interactive video platforms, spatial sound systems, 360VR domes and mixed reality headsets). 
  • Develop a capstone project and professionalization skills to launch your career in the media industries.

Get in Touch

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