Graduate Cinema Studies

Nic Sammond

Prof. Nic Sammond,
Grad Coordinator

Welcome to the Cinema Studies Institute.

A leader in undergraduate instruction of film for over thirty-five years, CSI has placed its graduates in advanced programs at universities throughout North America and Europe, including New York University, UCLA, UW-Madison, University of Chicago and Harvard.  We are proud to now offer our own program of graduate study, both at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.  Offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Institute has long been our goal, one that we will fully realize with the introduction of a doctoral program in the fall of 2013.

The M.A. Program consists of one intensive year combining a core curriculum of three courses with a selection of innovative topical seminars. The final stage of the MA degree entails completion of a major research paper (MRP) or a supervised internship.

The Ph.D. Program consists of a combination of required core course work, elective seminars, qualifying examinations and a doctoral thesis. 

Because of the calibre and size of the MA cohort, students can work in a collegial environment, study in small seminar classes, and enjoy regular consultation with faculty members.  Our core faculty of nine cinema and media specialists has been recognized for both teaching and scholarship. Another twenty-three faculty members from other departments add their expertise to CSI as affiliate members. The library and media holdings of the University of Toronto are the most extensive in Canada and the Media Commons Special Collections offers unique research resources. And, with its impressive range of film, art, and media festivals; repertory cinemas; and the celebrated programming and resources of the Toronto International Film Festival group (including the TIFF Cinematheque and the Film Reference Library), Toronto offers one of the most sophisticated cultural scenes in North America.

Nic Sammond, Graduate Coordinator


Graduate Programs: Overview

The Cinema Studies Institute offers a program leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Cinema Studies. Our faculty have expertise in several areas, including film history, film theory, film analysis, and film and cultural practices. The course-based,
one-year MA program offers students the option of a professional internship or a major research paper. Launching in September 2013,
the Doctor of Philosophy program in Cinema Studies addresses the changing role of moving image media within global culture. Past and present configurations of cinema are studied through a constellation of theoretical, textual, social, and historical rubrics. The core curricular offerings engage with debates and questions that persist within the scholarship while also examining how the field contends with emerging disciplinary issues and new intermedial formats. Throughout, the synthesis of history and theory, textual analysis, and cultural study is emphasized.

For more information on the program requirements and application process, please visit the program pages below:


Contacting the Graduate Program

For information concerning graduate studies at the Cinema Studies Institute, please contact:

Tony Pi
Graduate Program Assistant
Innis College, Room 233A


Collaborative Programs

Collaborative programs emerge from cooperation between two or more graduate units, providing a student with a broader base from which to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or some special development in a particular discipline. Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative program must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative program and the M.A. in Cinema Studies.

Should you be interested in a collaborative program, please consult the department offering the collaborative program first, regarding its offerings and separate program requirements.

Cinema Studies participates in the following collaborative programs: