Film Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

If you have a keen interest and critical mind for the screen arts, and you want to join a thriving community of students and scholars, Film Studies could be the program for you. You can study a full range of topics that cover most of the world’s cinema movements and periods.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

In Film Studies, you’ll be introduced to various aspects of world cinema, with an emphasis on North American, Asian, and European films. You are encouraged to see films as important cultural and social constructs that require context and commentary. The development of your critical thinking and writing skills are primary objectives of the individual courses and of the program as a whole. You can select a major or minor in Film Studies.

Campus features

UBC’s Alma Mater Student Society operates a full-sized film theatre in the Student Union Building.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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