BA (120 credit hour) Combined Honours in Cinema and Media Studies

The degree will consist of a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 48 credit hours in Cinema and Media Studies beyond the 1000-level. As per Dalhousie’s regulations for Combined Honours degrees, grades in these courses must be ‘C” or better, otherwise the course will not count toward the degree. They must include at least 18 credit hours beyond the 2000-level, and within them must be the following required courses:

A student in this program may elect to complete the Honours Qualifying Credit in either Cinema and Media Studies or the Combined field. In CMS, the credit is a zero-credit, letter-graded paper with a professionalization component (participation at a colloquium) designed to act as a capstone to the degree by providing an opportunity to plan, conduct, and present independent research.

In addition to all this, students must follow the general requirements for a BA Combined Honours degree.  

In principle, no more than 6 credit hours of a student's degree in Cinema & Media Studies may be in film production as opposed to the academic study of cinema. Film production may include Fountain School apprenticeships (depending on the host organization) and includes NSCAD film production courses. If there is a course not currently on the list of pre-approved electives that students would like to take, they should contact the Associate Director of Cinema and Media Studies for permission to include it in their degree.

Students may not take both the Minor in Film Studies and the Combined Honours in Cinema and Media Studies.

The following elective courses can count toward degrees in Cinema and Media Studies:

The following 1000-level courses do not count toward degrees in Cinema and Media Studies, but are recommended for students looking for a relevant Writing Requirement credit:

  • PERF 1000.03: Introduction to Performance Studies
  • PERF 1002.03: Writing About Stage and Screen

The following courses at NSCAD University can count toward degrees in Cinema and Media Studies. Students will need to obtain Letters of Permission in order to take these classes for credit:

  • NSCAD AHIS 2820: History of Animation
  • NSCAD AHIS 3190: Canadian Cinema: Art and Industry
  • NSCAD AHIS 3822: Topics in Film History: Hitchcock’s Films (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3826: Topics in Film History: Film Noir and Neo-Noir (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3832: Topics in Film History: Canadian Cinema (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3835: Topics in Film History: Contemporary Cinemas of Globalization (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3836: Topics in Film History: Subjectivities in Moving Pictures (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3837: Topics in Film History: Out on Screen (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3839: The Director’s Cinema (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD AHIS 3850: History and Criticism of Documentary Film (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD FHIS 3852: Cinemas of Globalization (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD FILM 2500.06: Introduction to Film Production (3 credit hours)
  • NSCAD FILM 3305: Approaches in Non-Fiction

The following courses at St Mary’s University can count toward degrees in Cinema and Media Studies. Students will need to obtain Letters of Permission in order to take these classes for credit:

  • SMU ACST 3305: Moving Images of Atlantic Canada (3 credit hours)
  • SMU ACST 3876.1: Atlantic Canadian  Film and Television
  • SMU ENGL 2325: The Media in Everyday Life (3 credit hours)
  • SMU ENGL 3313: Narrative in Fiction and Film (6 credit hours)
  • SMU ENGL 3826: Contemporary Canadian Film and Television
  • SMU RELS 3356.2: Religions on Film
  • SMU HIST 3450: Film and History (3 credit hours)
  • SMU SOSI 3346/CRIM 3303: Crime and the Media (3 credit hours)
  • SMU SOSI 4452: Atlantic Canadian Film and Television (3 credit hours)