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Motion Picture Arts

Capilano University

Faculty:Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts, School of Motion Picture Arts
Field of Study:Directing and Theatrical Production
Film/Cinema Studies
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $17,497
International: $33,003

Cost shown is for Year 1 and includes fees.

Careers:PlaywrightsAuthors and WritersCinematographers


Lights. Camera. Action! Come and learn from industry professionals at CapU's state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Combine practice with theory to create magic.

Films have the power to transport people out of their daily lives with escapist excitement, inspire us with visual effects and flourishes, and spur social change with compelling narratives.

In Capilano University's Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program, you'll learn how to tell stories that evoke emotions and change lives while studying at one of the top film schools in B.C.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75 to 100
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants are required to have high school graduation (Grade 12). Applicants are also required to have English Studies 12, English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent with a minimum average of 75% on all Grade 12 high school subjects.
    Application Notes : English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. If English is not your first language or you've received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.
    Additional Admission Requirements:

      • Interview
      • Letter of intent
      • Entrance questionnaire

      Current Grade 12 students can be conditionally accepted based on final Grade 11 grades or interim Grade 12 grades. Students can upload proof of grades (e.g. unofficial transcripts, copies of report cards) through EducationPlannerBC when applying to Capilano University. Final acceptance will be based on high school graduation and having met the program specific requirements.

      Note: All B.C. applicants must release their grades to CapU via the BC Ministry of Education at Student Transcripts Services (STS). Please do this as soon as possible.

      Admission Notes: The letter of intent must not exceed two pages and should outline the applicant’s interest in the program and reason for applying. It should be written in Calibri in Helvetica font, 12 point, and applicant name and student number must be at the top of all pages. The entrance questionnaire will be sent out upon receipt of application. For selected applicants, an interview will take place with a panel of two faculty members. Admission is competitive and only the most qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.

      Advancement to the Degree at third year is highly competitive and continuation is based on the following criteria:

      • Successful completion of the diploma course work, or equivalent;
      • Students with the highest GPA (calculated on grades from all Motion Picture Arts courses in the Diploma) will be offered continuance to the third year;

      Total numbers of students who are offered continuance will be set annually based on available spaces.

      Those students who are not offered, or do not accept continuance into the third year will be eligible to apply for the Diploma credential if course requirements are met.

      Returning and Transferring Students:

      • Students who wish to complete the degree must meet the Continuation Requirements above and admission will be based on seat availability

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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