Queen's Film and Media

Film and Media Studies
Film and Media Studies

Film & Media Program Overview

The Department focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of film, television and new media, and also offers training in the production of film, video and digital media. Through the study of film and television, we address related issues, such as ideology and power, communication, aesthetics, advertising and consumption, economics, and spectatorship. We examine other forms of cultural expression-- literature, painting, music, architecture--as they impact on film and television, and we examine the role of cultural industries and institutions in relation to film.

Although Film and Media is principally an Arts (rather than a Fine Arts) department, media production is central to our curriculum, and is a fundamental means to the achievement of our principal pedagogical goals: cultural awareness and literacy in language, image, sound, and film and video technology. Production as we teach it integrates creative expression; a strong grounding in film history, theory, and criticism; and an acute awareness of cultural issues. This rounded curriculum covers educational areas and skills that prepare students for a variety of professional careers including, but not restricted to, work in the film and television industries. 


Note: Our Degree Plans were revised in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Click here for plans Prior to 2016. Click here for plans after 2016 and prior to 2019.

If you have any questions about these previous plans please contact Stephanie Wilson at 613-533-2178 or email undergraduatefilm@queensu.ca.


Film & Media Degree Plans 2019-20

  • Film & Media - Major: This Plan, alone, or in combination with a Minor in another subject, and with sufficient electives to total 120 units, normally takes four years to complete, and will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree. For automatic acceptance into the Film and Media Major Program you must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a B+ in FILM 110.

  • Film & Media - Medial: This Plan, in combination with a Medial Plan in another subject, and with sufficient electives to total 120 units, normally takes four years to complete, and will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree. For automatic acceptance into the Film and Media Medial Program you must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a B+ in FILM 110.

  • Film & Media - Minor: This Plan, in combination with a Major Plan in another subject, and with sufficient electives, will lead to an Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree. To declare Film & Media as your Minor you must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a B in FILM 110.

  • Film & Media - General: This Plan, with sufficient electives to total 90 units, normally takes three years to complete, and will lead to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. To declare a General Degree in Film & Media you must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a B in FILM 110.

  • Online Media Studies Certificate: This Plan consists of 12 units leading to a Certificate in Media Studies. For more information, click here.


Please Film & Media Plan Thresholds for more information.


Special Field Concentrations

Media and Performance Production: This Plan offered with the Department of Drama, with sufficient electives to total 120 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree. For more information see Media and Performance Production. 

(The Stage and Screen (STSC) Specialization has been redesigned as Media and Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization.  Students currently enrolled in the Stage and Screen Specialization will still be able to complete this degree but some of the required courses have been renamed as MAPP courses).

Computing & the Creative Arts: This Plan offered with the School of Computing, with sufficient electives to total 120 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree.

For academic advisement on MAPP or COCA plans please contact Stephanie Wilson, Undergraduate and Graduate Assistant for Film & Media, at 613-533-2178 or undergraduatefilm@queensu.ca.


More Information

See Course Offerings for the current year.


For full details on degree requirements, also see the Arts & Science Calendar.

For details on admission requirements and academic regulations, see the University Registrar and the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Students with questions or problems regarding courses, registration or timetables should contact Stephanie Wilson, Undergraduate and Graduate Assistant for Film & Media, at 613-533-2178 or undergraduatefilm@queensu.ca