Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Film Studies (MA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School for Studies in Art and Culture
Field of Study:Film/Cinema Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,657
National: $6,976
Careers:CinematographersDirectorsFilm and Video Camera Operators


The master's program emphasizes conceptual issues current in the field, such as questions of critical and historical method relevant to the research and study of various national cinemas in relation to their global and transnational contexts. Other areas include: media technology and aesthetics, Canadian and Quebec cinema, animation, documentary cinema, new media, film’s relationship to literature, theatre and music and other visual and performing arts. An internship program is available to students registered in the research essay MA stream in Film Studies.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
The minimum requirement for admission to the master's program is a B.A. Honours or the equivalent in film studies or a related discipline with, normally, B+ in the honours subject and B- or higher overall. Related disciplines might include mass communication, art history, literature, Canadian studies, women's studies, and history. Successful applicants will be admitted to the Coursework stream, with the option of applying to be transferred to either the Research Essay stream or the Thesis stream at the beginning of the second term. Applicants without a background in film studies may be required to take a maximum of two full credits from designated courses in the undergraduate Film Studies program in addition to their normal M.A. program requirements.

Applicants who lack an honours degree, but who have a three-year degree in film studies or a related discipline with a minimum standing of B+, may be admitted to a Post-Baccalaureate in Film Studies. Students who complete the Post-Baccalaureate in Film Studies requirements with a CGPA of 10.4 or higher will be considered for admission to the master's program.

* 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 01, 2022