McMaster University

Theatre and Film Studies

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Program Information

School:McMaster University
Faculty:Faculty of Humanities
Field of Study:Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema Studies
Description:Theatre & Film Studies at McMaster forms part of the School of the Arts and centres on the study of live and recorded dramatic performance as a mode of communication. How do actors, designers, film makers, videographers and other performance artists plan and produce their work? What are some of the traditions and techniques that influence the way different artists create performances in theatre, film, video or combination of performance media? Why do different audiences react to these works the way they do? The Theatre & Film Studies program encourages students to explore these questions by providing them with the tools to analyze performances in a range of media, cultures and historical periods, to choose the forms of dramatic performance that are most effective for engaging in the social and cultural debates of the world around them, and to consider the challenges they pose for contemporary audiences.

As a Theatre & Film Studies student, you’ll benefit from in-class screenings and campus film series which complement film courses, as well as opportunities to learn about all aspects of play production through participation in class exercises, a professionally directed main-stage production, and a series of one-act plays directed by fourth year honours students. You can also get involved with the student-run Drama Club and explore the use of multimedia technologies in theatre research. Students may also choose to pursue a combined honours in this subject with another subject, or pursue a non-honours track.
URL:Theatre and Film Studies at McMaster University
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,765
International: $27,151

Cost per year is based on 30 units, and includes the cost of tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.
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Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75 to 78

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicants are required to have at least six Grade 12 U/M level courses, including: ENG4U. SBI4U is recommended for students planning to enter a Cognitive Science of Language program.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 85] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Students who have been asked to meet McMaster’s English Language Proficiency requirement must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster: IELTS: 6.5, CAE: 176, PTE: 60, CAEL: 70, MELAB: 85, TOEFL (iBT): 86

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 20, 2017