About Program Admission Requirements

Established as Canada’s first film school in 1969, York's Department of Cinema & Media Arts is internationally recognized as one of the premier centres for film production, screenwriting and studies in film theory and history. We remain the foremost in the country with teaching faculty made up of award-winning filmmakers and critically acclaimed and widely published scholars, a finely honed curriculum and up to date facilities, housed in the largest teaching complex of its kind in Canada. Our curriculum embraces diversity and social justice, attracting students from all over the country as well as from around the world.

Get hands-on professional training in digital cinematography, editing, sound, as well as directing and production management from award-winning filmmakers in our Production BFA program. Learn the art and craft of moving-image storytelling in Canada’s only Screenwriting BFA program. Explore and engage critically with Canadian and world cinema, documentary and alternative film in our Cinema & Media Studies BA program. Draw on our outstanding digital production facilities, extensive technical support, industry partner grants, field placements, public screenings and stellar guest speakers to chart your path to career success.

York offers degree programs in Cinema & Media Arts leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA).

  • Concentrating in hands-on experiential studio work (production or screenwriting) leads to a BFA in Production & Screenwriting.
  • Concentrating in history, theory and criticism leads to a BA in Cinema & Media Studies.

Did you know?

  • Our graduates in Cinema & Media Studies go on to study in master's and doctoral programs at universities throughout the world. Explore the many exciting career options in Film's career guide.
  • Throughout the year, the Norman Jewison Series features presentations by guest speakers from the industry, offering all majors an up-to-the-minute insider's look at the working world of film production, expanded cinema and media arts.
  • Each year, screenwriting and production students showcase their work in a juried student showcase: CineSiege
  • York student productions are selected to screen & compete — and regularly win prizes — in national and international film festivals.

Featured Facilities & Resources:

  • Price Family Cinema (500 seats)
  • Nick Mirkopoulos Screening Room (80 seats)
  • Nat Taylor Cinema (120 seats)
  • 2,000 sq.ft soundstage
  • 1,100 sq. ft. studio/classroom (with lighting grid)
  • 900 sq. ft. studio/classroom (with lighting grid)
  • Digital Cinema production kits including 2 - Canon C300 MK II, with dedicated prime & zoom lenses
  • A wide range of digital cameras including the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic AF100 w/ Zuiko lenses,
  • 18 seat teaching lab with Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Studio software
  • 5 seat lab with Final Cut Studio and Adobe Production Premium software
  • 40 professional video editing suites with Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and Final Cut Studio software
  • 16mm film editing suite with optical printer.
  • Pro Tools HD professional audio recording studio with foley pits and a voice recording booth, large screen projection
  • Pro Tools HD professional audio mixing suite
  • 2 professional color grading/correction suites with DaVinci Resolve software
  • Multi-format mastering suite

Industry Support

Senior student productions are supported by generous grants from our long-standing industry

  • Alter Ego, PS Production Services, Sim Digital, William F. White, Technicolor
Possible Career Paths: 
  • Filmmaker - Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Recordist, Sound Designer, Production Designer, Production Manager,
  • Producer - TV, Film, web series, interactive documentary
  • Media Artist
  • Screenwriter
  • Festival programmer
  • Film critic

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.