Bachelor of Film (BFA)


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Program Description

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film

The Film program at NSCAD is one of the few programs in Canada
where you can use actual film. You will have an opportunity to explore the practice, history, theory, and analysis of film production and film art. With an emphasis on collaboration and innovation, you will be encouraged to embrace all elements of film production, from the technical craft to narrative, experimental, and documentary approaches to your own unique creative vision. This program’s emphasis on one-on-one instruction enables you to study independent film production models that focus on the art of cinema.

You will take courses in editing, production, cinematography, acting, and sound. Advanced Film Studios form the backbone of the program and provide superb expertise. Art History courses will inform your studio development, and hands-on experience will prepare you professionally.

The program has recently added a Red One camera to their resources. This in-demand camera model is used constantly in the professional industry of Halifax for feature films, music videos, national commercials, and television series.

Graduates of NSCAD’s film program create award-winning films that are screened at international film festivals. Many works in the film industry advancing through various positions. Our graduates also pursue graduate studies and become critics, writers, and college/ university professors.


• Red Camera

• D60

• 25,000 sq ft, includes a 3,000 sq ft sound-stage with set construction facilities

• Super 16mm film cameras and 16mm Steinbeck editing suites

• Animation stand and Oxbury optical printer

• Cutting edge, fully digital HD workflow: file-based HD cameras with 35mm cinema lenses, all three major editing suites from
Avid, Adobe, and Apple

• Professional lighting and grip gear

• Double-walled sound recording booth, audio mixing room, and 2 auxiliary mixing stations

• Pro Audio gear, file-based field recorders

• Fully equipped student office with computer workstations that include script writing, budgeting, and scheduling software, plus
free laser printing and photocopying

• 2 HD screening rooms with surround sound, one with a reference quality projector

Last updated Feb 2018

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One of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions, NSCAD University continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America. Part of our app ... Read More

One of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions, NSCAD University continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America. Part of our appeal is the ever-present relationship of the old to the new, and our convenient location in the heart of downtown Halifax’s waterfront district. Behind the Victorian facades of our main campus and the Academy Building – both open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – students create some of the most cutting-edge images and objects being made anywhere on the continent. After an experimental foundation year, students gradually focus in order to become specialists in some aspect of art, craft, design or historical and critical studies. They are educated to think critically, to balance academic issues with practical concerns in the studio, and to explore how the visual arts give meaning to both individual and community life. NSCAD University fosters close creative relationships among artists, designers, academics and the public, and takes on leadership responsibilities in the regional, national and international art communities. Our graduates go on to join the ranks of the most interesting and successful artists of their generations. As the university embraces the new century, it is building on the strengths of its history, maintaining and intensifying traditional arts and crafts while capitalizing on the many new technologies shaping the world and human interaction. A significant expansion currently underway will soon make NSCAD Canada’s largest centre for graduate programs in the visual arts.We believe the next phase of modernity in the visual arts has begun, and it is our full intention to play a role in its formation. Things are happening behind those Victorian facades.Our faculty, students and alumni are at the heart of the burgeoning industry of ideas, with discovery constantly at their fingertips. Read less
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