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.

Why this program?

  • Study various aspects of world cinema, with an emphasis on North American, Asian, and European films.
  • Develop your critical thinking and writing skills.
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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 will examine a full range of topics that covers most of the world’s cinema movements and periods. The program mission is to educate students in the diversity of cinematic practices, and in their historical and contemporary formats. We aim to provide a supportive environment in which you can discuss the role that moving pictures play in various societies, and how they mediate our perceptions of the world.

Campus features

The Visual Resource Centre, featuring the Videomatica Collection, has total holdings of more than 400,000 35mm photographic slides, videos, films, DVDs, and a growing database of 35,000 digital images. Eight viewing stations and a screening room are available to view material.

The Centre for Cinema Studies is a research unit within the Department of Theatre and Film that instigates first-class research into lm and lm audiences. It brings together the expertise of every lm-related course taught at UBC and invites visiting scholars from all over the world, most recently from Korea, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.

Since 2005, the graduate students in the MA program have edited the journal Cinephile, providing opportunities for students to be on an editorial board and to see their best work published. Recent guest faculty include essays from Slavoj Žižek and Barry Keith Grant.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Theatre at UBC is a renowned training program that has produced some of Canada’s most innovative artists and theatre practices for over 50 years. Our five programs are encouraged to mingle with regular social events with collective meals and complimentary tickets for all to opening nights. The organized student organization, DAFT (Design, Acting, Film, Theatre Council), organizes events and advocates for student concerns.

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Your future

Film Studies will prepare you for a wide range of careers, including teaching, curating, policy-making, programming and distribution, preservation, filmmaking, writing, consulting, and arts administration.

Program graduates

  • Film critic, The Globe and Mail; The New York Times; VICE; Filmmaker Magazine
  • Assistant professor, Radio Television and Film Department, Rowan University
  • Programming associate, Toronto International Film Festival

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 competitive scores, 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. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
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