Cinema Studies Welcomes First Ph.D. Cohort in 2013

The Cinema Studies Institute (CSI)’s plans for a doctoral program will come to fruition in September 2013 as the Institute welcomes its first cohort of Ph.D. students.  After several decades of successful undergraduate instruction, and the addition of a popular Master of Arts program in 2007, Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto has now realized its final goal of expanding into graduate education. 

With the continued growth of  its undergraduate programs and the expansion into graduate studies, the Institute positions itself among the best cinema studies graduate programs in Canada, and internationally.

The curriculum of the new doctoral program will feature the same combination of rigour and breadth that students benefit from in the Master’s program of study. Immersing themselves in analysis, history and theory, Ph.D. students will engage with the scholarship that is reshaping how we define cinematic media in an age of technological transformation, new delivery systems, and changing cultural practices.


Like its undergraduate and Master’s-level counterparts, the Ph.D. program will be housed at Innis College, taking advantage of the wealth of resources the College offers, including a newly renovated screening facility on the second floor, a 200-person screening facility with plans for an extensive renovation, and the Innis Library, which houses close to  5000 titles devoted to cinema and related media, many of them unique to the University.  The Institute’s considerable graduate teaching strengths were bolstered recently by the addition of two scholars who teach undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto, Mississauga: Professors Brian Price and Meghan Sutherland.  With the addition of these faculty members, CSI now has nine core graduate instructors, and benefits from the contributions of more than twenty affiliated graduate faculty members from such participating departments as English, History, Art, East Asian Studies and Sociology. 

Introducing a Ph.D. program into the offerings of CSI represents the culmination of a longstanding effort on the part of many to bring doctoral-level study of film to the University of Toronto.  We share this success with the many professors and students who worked tirelessly toward realizing this goal.


Applications open in mid-October, 2012


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