Film Studies

What is Film Studies?

Film, television, and digital media have become fundamental components of everyday life. Film studies explores the history, theory, aesthetics, cultural values and effects of these media forms through the close analysis of individual works.

Why Study Film Studies at UAlberta?

Film Studies provides students with the tools to understand the vast and complex media landscape of the 21st century. Students will develop a theoretical and historical perspective on the evolution of film and understand moving images as a medium of self-expression and a carrier of cultural values. Our faculty provide expertise in many different cinematic styles and traditions from around the world, allowing students to explore genres of interest to them.

Experience Beyond the Classroom

Courses offered in the program cover a wide range of film genres and eras. Students have the opportunity to take cross-listed courses offered by other programs. Although the program does not focus on film production, some courses include a creative project component.

  • Sub-disciplines within Film Studies

    Film and television history and theory

    Authorship, artistics movements, and aesthetic styles

    Representations of gender, race, sexuality and class

    National cinemas and media systems in a global context

    Industry and production cultures

    Reception and fan cultures

  • What can I do with a Film Studies degree?
    Training in Film Studies provides students with the skills to think analytically, conduct research in a variety of modes, and interpret complex ideas. Students are prepared for potential careers in the media and beyond; graduates go on to work in film and television, multimedia development, media relations, marketing, and journalism.

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