Minor in Film Studies

This minor is available to students registered in a 120 credit hour Bachelor of Applied Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Community Design, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Informatics, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) program.

From its inception, cinema has had a significant impact upon the way humans represent and understand the world around them. Whether created within an entertainment, experimental, documentary or scientific framework, moving images have altered modern perceptions of reality. The Film Studies Minor program - offered between Dalhousie, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), St. Mary’s University (SMU), and the University of King’s College - offers students an opportunity to become familiar with the history of film making, the language employed in the discourses of film, as well as the various methodologies and forms of categorization applied to related fields of study within film culture.

Courses within the core program survey the history of film from the late nineteenth century to the present day and introduce students to various aspects of film theory and criticism. Courses at the intermediate and advanced level provide opportunities to study specific genres, directors, national cinemas as well as interdisciplinary topics: narration and narrative in fiction and film, feminist film practices, music and film.

This is an inter-University program that allows students to obtain credit hours from any of the participating institutions.

Core Requirements

Students must complete nine credit hours of core courses:

  • FILM 2301.03: Film History I or NSCAD AHIS 2800.03: Film History and Criticism 1890 - 1940
  • FILM 3301.03: Film History II or NSCAD AHIS 2810.03: Film History and Criticism 1940 - Present
  • FILM 2311.03: Film Analysis or SMU ENGL 2511.03: Reading Film

* Students are strongly advised to take the core courses as soon as they declare their film minor.

Elective Requirements

Students must complete 15 credit hours from the following list of courses, including at least nine credit hours at the 3000 level or above:

The following courses at NSCAD University and St. Mary's University (SMU) can count toward the Minor in Film Studies. Students will need to obtain Letters of Permission in order to take these classes for credit.

  • NSCAD AHIS 3822.03: Topics in Film History: Hitchcock's Films
  • NSCAD AHIS 3826.03: Topics in Film History: Film Noir and Neo-Noir
  • NSCAD AHIS 3832.03: Topics in Film History: Canadian Cinema
  • NSCAD AHIS 3835.03: Topics in Film History: Contemporary Cinemas of Globalization
  • NSCAD AHIS 3836.03: Topics in Film History: Subjectivities in Moving Pictures
  • NSCAD AHIS 3837.03: Topics in Film History: Out on Screen
  • NSCAD AHIS 3839.03: The Director’s Cinema
  • NSCAD AHIS 3850.03: History and Criticism of Documentary Film
  • NSCAD FHIS 3852.03: Cinemas of Globalization
  • SMU ACST 3305.03: Moving Images of Atlantic Canada
  • SMU ENGL 3313.06: Narrative in Fiction and Film
  • SMU RELS 3356.03: Religions and Film
  • SMU ENGL 3511.03: Film and the City
  • SMU ENGL 2325.03: The Media in Everyday Life
  • SMU ENGL 3826.03: Contemporary Canadian Film and Television
  • SMU HIST SMU 3450.03: Film and History
  • SMU SOSI 3346.03/CRIM 3303.03: Crime and the Media
  • SMU SOSI 4452.03: Atlantic Canadian Film and Television

Contact the Fountain School of Performing Arts for more information.