Motion Picture Arts

Be the star of your career.

A program of the Department of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts at Thorneloe University, the priority of the Motion Picture Arts program is to prepare students for traditional careers in the production of theatrical features, TV programs, and in advertising. Until recently, the platforms for this traditional media were once limited to movie theatres, broadcast TV, and home-video. With the introduction of the communications revolution brought about by the internet, new platforms are continually emerging and evolving, such as smartphones, tablet computers, etc. Each of these platforms then generates demand for supplementary content, thus generating more opportunity for employment for motion picture artists. Furthermore, an education in motion picture arts production prepares students for careers in the production of video games, webisodes, and all other media implementing motion pictures.

The constant expansion of 21st century digital media gives graduates more points of entry into the motion picture arts industry, such as social-media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, etc. Essentially, students of the motion picture arts option are prepared for careers as 21st century motion picture artists: creatively independent writer-director-producers who are equally comfortable analyzing the aesthetics, and application, of production design, cinematography, picture editing, and sound design.

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Academic Advisor

Benjamin Paquette

Telephone: 705.673.1730

Email: MPArts@thorneloe.ca

Office: Secretary: Susan Moores, 705.673.1730, ext. 100

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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

 

What is Motion Picture Arts?

A program of the Department of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts at Thorneloe University, the priority of the Motion Picture Arts program is to prepare students for traditional careers in the production of theatrical features, TV programs, and in advertising. Until recently, the platforms for this traditional media were once limited to movie theatres, broadcast TV, and home-video. With the introduction of the communications revolution brought about by the internet, new platforms are continually emerging and evolving, such as smartphones, tablet computers, etc. Each of these platforms then generates demand for supplementary content, thus generating more opportunity for employment for motion picture artists. Furthermore, an education in motion picture arts production prepares students for careers in the production of video games, webisodes, and all other media implementing motion pictures.

With Thorneloe University and its other federated partners, Laurentian University is the largest university north of Toronto, and its Motion Picture Arts Production program is the only university-based centre for the study of film, TV, and other motion pictures in Northern Ontario.

Motion picture arts production in Northern Ontario, and specifically Greater Sudbury, has established itself as a regional hub for film and TV production. Productions in the city have included the Canadian Cult Classic Roadkill (1989), the CBC-TV feature Shania: a Life in Eight Albums (2005), the American thriller The Truth (2012), and the Canadian comedy Men with Brooms (2002). Television series filmed in the city include TV Ontario’s hard rock medical (2013), the Canadian sci-fi Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds (2013), and TFO’s French-language météo+ (2008-2011), and Les Bleus de Ramville (2012). March entertainment’s studio in Greater Sudbury has produced a number of animated TV series, including Chilly Beach (2003-2008), Maple Shorts (2005-present), the Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom (2006-present), and Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist (2008-present). Sudbury is also home to the Science North production team, an award-winning producer of documentary films and multimedia presentations for museums all around the world. Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada’s 4th largest film festival after the Toronto International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. 

Our Region

As a region, Northern Ontario is home to three quarters of a million people, and Greater Sudbury, the largest city north of Toronto with a population of over 160,000, is its facto capital.

While the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a world leader in the motion picture industry, Northern Ontario is fast becoming a regional hub. Since 2004, for example*, Northern Ontario has benefited from $100+ million in direct/indirect spending on 72+ theatrical and/or TV projects, which created 3,500+ jobs.

*Statistics provided by Music and Film in Motion, a not-for-profit organization based in Greater Sudbury.

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Program Options Include
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Specialization in Motion Picture Arts (4 years)
Minor in Motion Picture Arts
Admission Requirements
Based on Grade 12 4U/M courses:

1 English
5 other courses
Minimum Average of 70%

 

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Please note that students are required to submit a portolio and complete an interview before progressing to the second year of study. Plesae contact the Department Chair for more information at ptedford@laurentian.ca

 

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Total 120 credits

Students must complete a specialization (60 credits) in Theatre, Music, Music Performance, or Motion Picture Arts and an additional 24 credits in Fine Arts electives. Students may choose to include these electives in a minor in a second Fine Arts discipline. The remaining 36 credits must include 6 credits in the Social Science, 6 credits in the Sciences, and 24 elective credits in subjects other than Theatre, Music, or Motion Picture Arts.

Students must follow the BA regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BFA.

 

Specialization in Motion Picture Arts

First Year

   CINE 1005E          Motion Picture Arts: Form

   CINE 1206E          Photography

   ENGL 1705E        Introduction to Writing and English Studies

   6 elective credits in Fine Arts

   9 elective credits*#

 

Second and Third Years

   CINE 2005E          Motion Picture Arts: Production I

   CINE 3005E          Motion Picture Arts: Production II

   3 credits from Motion Picture Arts Composition Theory:

                CINE 2036E          Theories and Practice of the Motion Picture Arts

                CINE 2046E          History of the Motion Picture Arts

                ENGL/FILM 2846E  Rhetoric of Film and Image

   6 credits from Motion Picture Arts Composition Practice:

                CINE 3205E         Screenwriting

                ENGL 3516E        Creative Writing

                ENGL 3517E        Studies in Creative Writing

                ENGL 3556E        Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication

   9 credits from Motion Picture Arts Interdisciplinary Studies:

                CINE 2207E          Cinematography

                CINE/DEUT 2216E German Cinema

                CLAS 2036E         The Ancient World in Film           

                ENGL/FILM 2815E  World Cinema              

                ENGL/FILM 2826E  Rhetoric of Documentary Films

                ENGL/FILM 2827E  Documentary Film Making

                ENGL/FILM 2835E  American Film Directors

                ENGL/FILM 3836E  Applied Media Aesthetics

                ENGL/FILM 3846E  Applied Media Aesthetics

                ENGL/FILM 3847E  Film Theory

                ESPA 3226N         Film in Spain and Latin-America

                HIST 3916E          Propaganda, Politics and Film

                HIST 3917E          Fascism on Film

                ITAL 2216N          Italian Cinema

                MUSC 2046E        Soundtracks: Music in the Movies

                PHIL 2716E          Philosophy and Film

                RLST 2327E         Jesus in Film

                RLST 2365E         Religion in Film

   12 elective credits in Fine Arts

   18 elective credits*#

 

Fourth Year

   CINE 4005E          Motion Picture Arts: Production III

   9 credits from Motion Picture Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (see list above)

   6 elective credits in Fine Arts

   9 elective credits*#

 

* in subjects other than Theatre (THEA), Music (MUSC), or Motion Picture Arts(CINE)

#Students must include at least 6 credits in the Social Sciences and 6 credits in the Sciences from among their elective credits.

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 level or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Motion Picture Arts

CINE 1005E          Motion Picture Arts: Form

CINE 1206E          Photography

CINE 2005E          Motion Picture Arts: Production I

CINE 2036E          Theories and Practice of the Motion Picture Arts

or  CINE 2046E  History of the Motion Picture Arts

CINE 3205E          Screenwriting

Year:

CINE-1005EL - Motion Picture Arts: Form CINE-1206EL - Photography CINE-2005EL - Motion Picture Arts: Production I CINE-2036EL - Theories and Practice of the Motion Picture Arts CINE-2046EL - History of the Motion Picture Arts CINE-2207EL - Cinematography CINE-2216EL - German Cinema CINE-3005EL - Motion Picture Arts: Production II CINE-3205EL - Screenwriting CINE-4005EL - Motion Picture Arts: Production III
ENGL-1705EL - Introduction to Writing and English Studies ENGL-2827EL - Documentary Film Making ENGL-3516EL - Creative Writing ENGL-3846EL - Applied Media Aesthetics HIST-2806EL - Propaganda, Politics and Film in 20th Century Europe HIST-2847EL - Fascism on Film MUSC-2046EL - Soundtracks: Music in the Movies PHIL-2716EL - Philosophy and Film RLST-2327EL - Jesus in Film RLST-2365EL - Religion in Film

Patricia Tedford, Chair, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, BFA Cordinator

Benjamin Paquette - Supervisor of Program; Sessional Faculty

Jason Jallet - Sessional Faculty 

Andrew David, Sessional Faculty

Gerry Kingsley, Sessional Faculty