FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I enrol at the University and register in Cinema Studies?
A: There is a specific section in this website to help you with these and other questions regarding enrolment. Please visit the page "Program Admission" first and if you have any questions, e-mail the Undergraduate Assistant.

Q: Does the Cinema Studies Institute teach film production or how to be a film director?
A: The Cinema Studies Institute emphasizes the study of cinema by focusing on film history, film theory, and film analysis.  The Institute does not prepare students for careers in filmmaking, and offers no courses in production.  If you would like to pursue filmmaking, other post-secondary institutions in Toronto offer programs of instruction, such as York University.

Q: How long does it take to finish the program of study?
A: The Cinema Studies Specialist, Major and Minor programs are part of a four-year course of study leading to the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can study part-time as well, or register as non-degree students and take courses for their own interest.

Q: Is it possible to take courses online?
A: There are no online courses available through Cinema Studies.

Q: If I already have a Bachelor degree from a different university, is it still possible to take undergraduate Cinema Studies courses at the University of Toronto without pursuing another degree?
A: Yes, this is possible. You must first apply to the University of Toronto as a non-degree student. More information about the process and application can be found on the Admissions and Awards website.

Q: What kind of job can I expect to get with an undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies?
A: Cinema Studies can contribute to a well-rounded degree. Our students have combined a concentration in Cinema Studies with a wide range of programs in other disciplines, including Anthropology, Art, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology, among others.  Students have gone on to work in unrelated fields, such as law, have applied their film-specific knowledge to careers as film archivists, journalists, or professors, or have gained employment in film marketing departments for distribution companies or in programming and community outreach positions for film festivals. A degree in Cinema Studies will take you as far as your own creativity allows when you pursue a career.

Q: Is there a lot of writing or do students mostly watch films?
A: Students do watch many films, but they view them analytically and apply what they learn to
sustained essay writing. For that reason, developed writing skills are essential to achieving
success in Cinema Studies courses.