Cinema and Media Studies - Fountain School of Performing Arts
Location: Dalhousie Arts Centre, Room 514
6101 University Avenue
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3772
Fax: (902) 494-2801


Dalhousie provides ways to study many aspects of Cinema and Media Studies, within the vibrant context of our multi-disciplinary Fountain School of Performing Arts. We offer core courses in film history and audiovisual analysis as well as electives in national cinemas, individual directors, film genres, television, video games, and various kinds of film and media theory. The Cinema and Media Studies program teaches students to think critically about the moving image in its historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts and to appreciate and view audiovisual storytelling media with eyes wide open.

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies offers focused studies to prepare graduates for careers or further study in many areas, including film, television, digital media, curating, and reviewing, as well as professional programs such as Law and Education. Training in Cinema and Media Studies teaches transferrable analytical, problem-solving, and communications skills that are excellent preparation for many career paths in and beyond the world of moving images.

You can pursue a BA Major, Double Major, or Combined Honours degree in Cinema and Media Studies. Alternatively, you can pursue a BSc if you combine CMS with a Science subject for a Double Major or Combined Honours. Finally, you can complete a Minor in Film Studies, which includes a smaller range of electives than the Cinema and Media Studies program but shares many of the same courses, including the core courses.

The degree programs involve a curriculum of Cinema and Media Studies courses and a selection of other courses in different disciplines. The University has Academic Regulations which specify how these programs must be arranged. These regulations are all listed earlier in this Calendar, and prospective students should refer to them to become aware of the opportunities offered. There are a surprising number of different ways to arrange one’s studies; recommended here are the paths you can follow if Cinema and Media Studies is your primary interest.

Degree Programs

In addition to the Fountain School requirements listed below, students must satisfy the requirements outlined in the Degree Requirements section of this calendar.

BA with Combined Honours in Cinema and Media Studies

BA (120 credit hour) Major in Cinema and Media Studies

BA (120 credit hour) Double Major in Cinema and Media Studies

Minor in Film Studies