Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts


Program Highlights

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.

We'll give you all the tools to build your technical knowledge and creative confidence. You'll learn the theory and history of cinema and develop your critical thinking skills. At the same time you'll work through and gain skills in the different technical departments. Your collaboration with fellow students on a variety of projects will give you the chance to try out different filmmaking roles as you decide on your focus. You'll be working with up-to-date professional equipment that includes an 8000 sq. ft. sound stage, 3D camera rigs and a 3D editing lab.

  • Understand and analyze historical, technical, philosophical and theoretical trends in the national and global cinemas that will broaden their understanding and perspective of the cinema and further inform their creative analysis and decision making.
  • Demonstrate levels of practical, critical, analytical and research skills, in terms of both the creative and producing components of filmmaking, that will broaden their range of applications of visual communication in order to expand their potential to realize and create meaningful career opportunities.
  • Ability to match their unique skills and vision to individual career goals and aspirations, combined with the abilities to problem solve and innovate within both the technical and creative components of filmmaking.
  • Exhibit and maintain the highest levels of professionalism throughout the filmmaking process, using a collaborative approach to problem-solving and situation analysis.
  • Achieve the necessary levels of inter-personal skills and confidence through self-analysis, learning, mentorship, responsibility and hands-on experience.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$14,576 $1,252 $15,828
Year 2$16,316 $1,269 $17,585
Year 3$14,153 $1,261 $15,414
Year 4$12,393 $1,269 $13,662
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$57,437 $5,051 $62,488

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Year

Total credits: 31.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
MOPA 100Technical Directing3.00 credits
MOPA 102Cinematography Foundation3.00 credits
MOPA 103Production Design I1.50 credits
MOPA 104Introduction to Producing3.00 credits
MOPA 106Screenwriting I3.00 credits
MOPA 108Introduction to Post-Production3.00 credits
MOPA 110MOPA Project #12.00 credits
MOPA 115Professional Development I1.50 credits
MOPA 118Production and Post-Production3.00 credits
MOPA 120MOPA Project #22.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits


Second Year

Total credits: 31.50

MOPA 201The Director's Craft3.00 credits
MOPA 206Screenwriting II3.00 credits
MOPA 207Technical Motion Picture Arts5.00 credits
MOPA 209Advanced Digital Editing3.00 credits
MOPA 210MOPA Project #36.00 credits
MOPA 211American Cinema3.00 credits
MOPA 213Production Design II1.00 credits
MOPA 217Sound Design for Film and Video1.50 credits
MOPA 220Line Producing and Production Management3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits of electives:
See below for elective requirements for the degree3.00 credits


Third Year

Total credits: 30.50

MOPA 302World Cinema3.00 credits
MOPA 304Screenwriting III3.00 credits
MOPA 305Cinematography3.00 credits
MOPA 306Directing3.00 credits
MOPA 310MOPA Project #46.00 credits
MOPA 312Canadian Cinema3.00 credits
MOPA 313Production Design III1.00 credits
MOPA 319The Independent Producer3.00 credits
MOPA 325Advanced Work Flow I2.50 credits
Choose 3.00 credits of electives:
See below for elective requirements for the degree3.00 credits


Fourth Year

Total credits: 30.00

MOPA 409Visual Theory and Practice6.00 credits
MOPA 410MOPA Project #56.00 credits
MOPA 416Professional Practice1.00 credits
MOPA 425Advanced Work Flow II1.50 credits
MOPA 426Advanced Work Flow III1.50 credits
MOPA 430Practicum2.00 credits
Choose 12.00 credits of electives:
See below for elective requirements for the degree12.00 credits


Elective Requirements

Choose electives:

18 100-level or higher breadth elective credits including 3 Quantitative/Analytical (Q/A) credits and 3 Science credits. 9 of these 18 credits must be upper level (300/400)


Total program credits: 123.00

Program Notes

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Continuation Requirement: The Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts is highly competitive and the number of available seats decreases as the program moves from certificate to diploma to degree level. Therefore, continuation into each year is competitive based on the criteria listed below.

Year 2: Successful completion and an overall minimum GPA of 2.67 for all first year MOPA courses, or equivalent.

Year 3: Successful completion of year 1 and year 2 coursework, or equivalent, and a personal interview

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent and a minimum average of 75% on all Grade 12 high school courses.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.


Letter of Intent and Entrance Questionnaire.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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 or 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.

Continuation Requirements:

  • Advancement to the Degree at third year is highly competitive and acceptance is based on the following criteria:
    1. Successful completion of the diploma course work, or equivalent;
    2. Students with the highest GPA (calculated on grades from all Motion Picture Arts courses in the Diploma) will be offered admission 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 and 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.
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