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Motion Picture Arts

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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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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%

 

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.


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