Film StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

MA Program


Please note: the graduate program in Film Studies at Western is currently on hiatus and we are not accepting applications at this time.

The MA program in Film Studies is designed to assist students in the development of their research, writing, and communication skills in relation to the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema. Core coursework provides detailed analysis of key debates in national and transnational cinemas, film/media histories, film aesthetics, cultural studies, and the political economy of global cinema. MA students will build particular strengths in one or more of these areas through seminar presentations and discussions, the writing of course research papers and a thesis project, and participation in interdisciplinary research forums.

The MA in Film Studies prepares students for PhD programs in Film Studies or an associated discipline such as Media Studies, English, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Visual Arts, or Women’s Studies.

The MA can also be taken as a terminal degree preparing the student for professional work in film-related sectors. These may include film distribution and exhibition, festival programming, film curating, and journalism.