Cinema Studies

Film is a powerful art form with its own history, conventions, and techniques. Understanding film, its properties, methods, aesthetics, and its impact on global cultures is the basis of Cinema Studies. The program provides a variety of approaches: history and development of cinema; film theory and critical analysis; study of genres, works of individual filmmakers, and national and transnational cinemas; and examination of film in relation to other arts and academic fields.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Cinema Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

  • CIN 105Y1 – Introduction to Film Studies


Advice for First Year

Students who are interested in enrolling in a cinema studies program should take CIN 105Y1 - Introduction to Film Studies. This course is a prerequisite for most courses in the department and is a requirement for the programs of study in cinema studies.



Cinema Studies program graduates, having gained a strong historical and theoretical foundation, coupled with honed analytical and critical skills, are exceedingly well-equipped to apply their knowledge to a number of film-related pursuits.

Our graduates not only proceed to graduate programs in the discipline, but have also found employment in film archives, film distribution companies, as arts and entertainment journalists, as film programmers, and in television studio and new media administrative positions.

While the program does not prepare students to become practicing filmmakers, numerous graduates have successfully pursued careers in different facets of film and media production.


Direct career options include:

Film Producer
Casting director
Agent Director
Announcer Film editor
Backstage technician Film or TV crew
Box office manager Motivational speaker
Camera operator Set designer
Film Programmer


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First Year