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Since 1984, UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film has granted MA degrees in Film Studies. The MA is a two year program with thesis. Read more

Film Studies

Since 1984, UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film has granted MA degrees in Film Studies. The MA is a two year program with thesis. We’re looking for recent and upcoming graduates of undergraduate film and media studies programs.

Moving pictures dominate today’s world. Whether accessed via the internet, home media systems, or the traditional theatre, the reach of the moving picture industry is truly global, and its impacts are felt on every level: locally, nationally, and internationally. The study of moving images provides a major way of thinking about our approach to reality. In this context, it is essential to analyze film forms, theories, aesthetics, receptions, and policies and to thoroughly understand cinema in relation to history and culture.

In our BA in Film Studies and MA in Film Studies programs, our mission is to educate students in the diversity of cinematic practices, and in their historical and contemporary formats. We aim to provide a supportive environment in which students can discuss the role that moving pictures play in various societies, and how they mediate our perceptions of the world. Our aim is to teach students in a liberal arts context that will help to prepare them for a wide range of careers, including teaching, curating, policy-making, programming and distribution, preservation, filmmaking, writing, consulting, and arts administration.

UBC Vancouver is a remarkable place to study film. In addition to the resources of the university, we benefit from the fact that the Vancouver region has the largest film industry activity in Canada, popularly known as “Hollywood North”. The city also hosts several high-profile festivals and dedicated institutions that program independent international and Canadian cinema.

The Film Studies Faculty members are renowned experts in the various specialties of film studies. They are actively engaged in researching and publishing on cinema in its diverse forms. They chair academic conferences, and they maintain a public profile as intellectuals concerned with the heritage and future of moving pictures. Their dedication provides a stimulating intellectual environment for students.

The Film Studies faculty founded and operates The Centre for Cinema Studies at UBC, which aims to advance the scholarly study of film and film culture. Graduate students in the MA in Film Studies Program edit and publish a freeʪournal of film studies, entitled Cinephile. Our Visual Resources Centre houses over 5,000 film titles in various formats, and is an essential research resource for students and faculty.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Film Studies
- Subject: Creative and Performing Arts
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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The Cinema Studies Institute offers a program leading to the ​ Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Cinema Studies. Read more
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 and media history; film and media theory; film and media analysis; and film, media, and cultural practices. The course-​based​, one-year MA program offers students the option of a professional internship or a major research paper.

Launched in September 2013, the Doctor of Philosophy program in Cinema Studies addresses the changing role of moving imag​e 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 intermedial formats today and at earlier historical junctures. Throughout, the synthesis of history and theory, textual analysis, and cultural study is emphasized.

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The MA (Master of Arts) is a thesis-based program that will allow students to apply for PhD programs or to pursue careers in which research, writing and speaking skills are essential. Read more
The MA (Master of Arts) is a thesis-based program that will allow students to apply for PhD programs or to pursue careers in which research, writing and speaking skills are essential. Students are expected to complete the Master’s degree in 2 years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

Current MA Program requirements for students entering the Communication and Media Studies (CMMS) program:
-3 core courses: COMS 601, COMS 613, and COMS 615
-3 elective courses (see graduate courses for course descriptions)
-Thesis 112 (mandatory but non-credit)
-Thesis: students spend the second year of their programs researching and writing their theses
-Thesis defense: an oral examination based on the thesis

Department of Communication, Media and Film

Our Graduate Program invites students to pursue their academic interests in the critical study of Communication and Media. We offer a stimulating and dynamic environment, a community of students from around the world, and a faculty dedicated to fostering an environment in which students can reach their full academic potential. We offer interdisciplinary scholarship and rigorous theoretical and methodological grounding and we encourage students to develop unique programs of study that reach beyond traditional topical boundaries.

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[UBC Film Mandate]]. At the UBC Film Production Program, our objective is to develop the student’s intellectual, creative and technical skills as they prepare to embark on professional careers in the film industry. Read more
[UBC Film Mandate]]
At the UBC Film Production Program, our objective is to develop the student’s intellectual, creative and technical skills as they prepare to embark on professional careers in the film industry. Courses provide students with core disciplines and filmic knowledge as well as practical experience in filmmaking. BFA and Diploma students produce and work on several films while in the Program. As their thesis, MFA students make an original film.

The Film Production faculty is made up of dedicated working professionals who maintain strong connections to the Vancouver film, television and new media industries.

MFA

The MFA in Film Production Program focuses on the areas of directing, screenwriting and producing for students who already have a comprehensive background in filmmaking and wish to pursue a specific creative or intellectual vision in an academic environment.

The Program is very small. Normally only 2-3 students are admitted per year. This total includes students in the Joint MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing. There are normally 30-40 applications for these positions.

The MFA is a two-year course of resident study. However, many students find it may take 3-4 years to complete the thesis requirement, as students must fund their thesis films entirely on their own.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Fine Arts
- Specialization: Film Production
- Subject: Creative and Performing Arts
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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The MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing Program is primarily a film production degree with an additional focus on screenwriting. Read more

MFA Film/Creative Writing

The MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing Program is primarily a film production degree with an additional focus on screenwriting. The final thesis for the Joint MFA is a completed film which the student normally writes, directs and produces.

The degree is designed for students who already have a comprehensive background in filmmaking and some screenwriting who wish to pursue a specific creative or intellectual vision that includes screenwriting, in an academic environment.

The Program is very small. Normally only 2-3 students are admitted per year. This total includes students in the MFA in Film Production. There are normally 30-40 applications for these positions.

The MFA is a two-year course of resident study. However, many students find it may take 3-4 years to complete the thesis requirement, as students must fund their thesis films entirely on their own.

Applicants must first apply to the Film Program and be accepted by the MFA in Film Production Program. The Film Program will then arrange for the application and materials to be sent to the Creative Writing Program for consideration for the Joint Degree.

Please note: In order to be accepted for the Joint MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing, students must already be experienced filmmakers and have completed films on which they were a principal creator to submit as part of their portfolio.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Fine Arts
- Specialization: Film Production and Creative Writing
- Subject: Creative and Performing Arts
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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The Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen program at Centennial College offers a comprehensive, in-depth and hands-on understanding of what goes into developing and producing quality feature films and TV shows. Read more
The Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen program at Centennial College offers a comprehensive, in-depth and hands-on understanding of what goes into developing and producing quality feature films and TV shows.

This multidisciplinary, two-semester post-graduate Advanced Television and Film program — facilitated by the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design in the hub of Toronto's film and television district — is especially beneficial for writers, directors, producers, editors, actors and other film and television craftspeople who want to expand their knowledge of the industry.

The major focus of the program's first semester is on creating, pitching, outlining, developing, drafting and polishing production-ready short film scripts. During the second semester, you have the opportunity to prepare, perform in, shoot and/or post a number of these shows.

Additionally, the Advanced Television and Film - Script to Screen program sees you deconstructing classic films, television shows and scripts of all genres. The program also provides opportunities to receive advanced instruction from industry professionals in your major and minor areas of craft interest along with extensive employment information.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-The Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen program is unique among the few other post-graduate film and television offerings currently available in the Greater Toronto Area.
-Instead of streaming you into master classes immediately, the first semester ensures that you obtain a solid working knowledge of everyone's role on a film or television production.
-The amount of foundational lessons included in the offering allows you to better collaborate, improvise, problem-solve and empathize with your fellow cast and crew members.
-The program focuses on dramatic filmmaking, comedy and several other genres. The program does not, however, include documentary filmmaking.
-The time and effort devoted to script development in the first semester and production and post-production in the second results in higher quality student films than are customarily produced — at a time when student films continue to be key to gaining a foothold in the business.

Career Outlook
-Director
-Assistant director
-Trainee assistant director
-Personal assistant to the director
-Cinematographer
-Camera operator
-Assistant camera operator
-Lighting and grip department technician
-Lighting or grip assistant
-Dolly grip
-Audio technician
-Assistant audio technician
-Producer
-Associate producer
-Production manager
-Production coordinator
-Assistant production coordinator
-Production assistant
-Location coordinator or assistant
-Office assistant
-Personal assistant to the producer
-Screenwriter
-Script coordinator/story department coordinator
-Trainee/junior story editor/story researcher
-Personal assistant to the showrunner
-Script reader
-Editor
-Assistant editor
-Sound editor
-Assistant sound editor
-Personal assistant to the series lead/star

Areas of Employment
-Production companies
-Broadcast networks
-Other industry-related organizations

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Humber’s Multi-Platform Storytelling graduate certificate program is a fully online program that will prepare you for the exciting and innovative world of writing and producing across an ever-increasing array of screen-based platforms. Read more
Humber’s Multi-Platform Storytelling graduate certificate program is a fully online program that will prepare you for the exciting and innovative world of writing and producing across an ever-increasing array of screen-based platforms. It will cultivate your ability to adapt to a constantly changing multi-platform media industry through engagement with a range of traditional and emerging media forms. You will develop strong entrepreneurial and collaboration skills and initiative through team-based and individual projects. Professional communication and pitching skills are fostered through a mentorship course, which pairs a student with an industry-based professional. The mentorship course also provides students with an opportunity to begin building their professional network and portfolio.

You will learn how to access traditional and innovative funding opportunities while building personal brands as creative, cross-disciplinary, global storytellers. The program uses leading edge curriculum design and online delivery that surpasses conventional perceptions about online education. It will be attractive to international and distance students, industry professionals seeking upgrading, as well as graduates of Canadian degree and advanced diploma programs.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Evaluate the potential business opportunities of a story, including funding, audience targets and marketing.
• Pitch and present projects in writing, orally and using a variety of multi-media and web-based methods.
• Access public and private sector funding for multi-platform media projects.
• Write original stories that are at once personal and universal, thoughtful and compelling, honed through a rigorous writing revision process.
• Adapt stories for production across various media.
• Select optimal technologies and platforms for telling a given story.
• Produce creative projects from idea to delivery phases.
• Adhere with applicable legal, ethical and professional standards of the media industry.
• Develop a personal brand identity and creative edge using personal resources and background.
• Display professionalism and openness when receiving constructive critique and story suggestions.
• Develop and apply strategies for personal and career development through activities such as research, experimentation, mentorship and networking.

Moduels

Semester 1
• MPS 5000: Orientation and Online Learning Primer
• MPS 5001: Fiction and Nonfiction Narratives
• MPS 5002: Gaming, Interactive and Multi-Platform Media
• MPS 5003: Multi-Platform Ideation
• MPS 5004: Screenplay and Story

Semester 2
• MPS 5005: Entrepreneurship and Creative Producing
• MPS 5006: Multi-Platform Storytelling
• MPS 5007: Thesis Project and Mentorship in Multi-Platform Storytelling

Your Career

Ontario is emerging as an important hub for media production with Toronto’s film and television cluster now ranking third in North America. Our program has been designed to address this growing demand for trained professionals who can create engaging content in multi-platform delivery.

Sample Career Titles
• Filmmaker
• Public Relations Officer
• Strategic Communications Officer
• Copywriting/Creative Content Producer
• Journalist
• Social Media Coordinator
• Digital Strategist
• Marketing Coordinator
• Digital Media Performance Officer
• Screenwriter
• Documentarian

Sample Employers
• Public Relations firms
• Production Studios
• Advertising Agencies
• News Agencies
• Marketing Firms
• Consulting Groups
• Postsecondary Institutions

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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