Dr. Darrell Varga

Associate Professor
Division of Art History and Contemporary Culture


Office Number: Academy 112
Phone Number: 902-494-8617


Darrel Varga is an associate professor of Historical and Critical Studies at NSCAD University. He holds a PhD Social and Political Thought from York University, an MFA Film Production, York University and a BA Film Studies and Theatre, University of Manitoba.

Darrell Varga was appointed as Canada Research Chair (Tier II) at NSCAD in 2005 for the first of two five year terms (the maximum for a Tier II CRC) and is now Associate Professor in the Division of Art History and Contemporary Culture. Varga teaches courses in film history and visual culture as well as film production in the Division of Media Arts. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and has published extensively in the areas of Canadian cinema, culture and politics, and documentary filmmaking.


Current activity is in the areas of documentary filmmaking practice and scholarship. The feature documentary Bread in the Bones (released in 2020) was awarded best feature documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival and Best Director at Ambrosia Film Food and Drink Festival in Moscow. The film is screening at numerous in-person and on-line venues.

Current scholarship is on the policies and practices of documentary filmmaking in Canada. Other scholarship has been in the areas of national cinema, experimental film practices, American and European cinema and the relationship between social-economic class and media culture.


Shooting from the East: Filmmaking on the Canadian Atlantic. McGill-Queen’s University Press

John Walker’s Passage. University of Toronto Press

Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada (editor). University of Calgary Press

Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada

Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (co-editor), University of Toronto Press.