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.

Note: The Film Studies Program at the University of Alberta contains no production component at this time, although some courses involve a creative project of some kind.

Interested in the BA in Film Studies program? Learn more here.

Film Studies programs requirements

Major and Minor in Film Studies

A major in Film Studies requires a minimum of ★33, including ★30 at the senior level, to a maximum of ★48 in Film Studies or variable content/selected topics courses: Courses with variable content may, on approval of the Film Studies Advisor, be used for credit when they have appropriate subject matter.
Please consult the Film Studies Advisor and/or the Course Guide for a current list of approved courses and further details.

Required Courses:
FS 100 - Introduction to Film Study
★9 at the 200-level
★12 at the 300-level
★6 at the 400-level
See course descriptions for prerequisites.

Film Studies as a minor requires
A minimum of ★18 in Film Studies or approved cross-listed courses, including at least ★12 at the senior level. Students must take FS 100 (★3), ★6 at the 200-level, ★3 at the 300- or 400-level, ★3 at the 400-level and ★3 of any other FS or variable content/selected topics courses. See course descriptions for prerequisites.
Please also view our course listings.
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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