Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto

Throughout the twentieth century, cinema continued to adapt as audience tastes shifted, as technological innovations changed the possibilities for entertainment, as the art world underwent its own permutations, and as the global landscape shifted. Now, in the early years of the twenty-first century, cinema continues as a fascinating multi-faceted phenomenon that intersects with other information and entertainment technologies and delivery systems, even as it retains connections with its iconic past. The Cinema Studies Institute’s undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to provide students with courses that reflect the diverse nature of the cinematic experiences that have unfolded over time, and that exist in today's intensely intermedial environment.

In 2005 Innis College marked the official 30th anniversary of Cinema Studies as a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree program. In those thirty years Cinema Studies has developed into a major area of academic research that has influenced scholarship in many related disciplines, including literature, art history, cultural studies, visual culture, critical studies of race, gender, and sexuality, and visual anthropology. Cinema Studies offers historical, theoretical, analytical, and cultural study of one of the defining media of the twentieth century.

As one of the longest standing film-study programs in Canada, the Cinema Studies Institute, in the heart of downtown Toronto, has made key contributions to the evolution of this academic discipline through its commitment to scholarship and pedagogy. The research and teaching profiles of CSI faculty continue to attract international attention, and the reputation of our undergraduate and graduate programs has created strong student interest within Canada and beyond.

At both the graduate and undergraduate levels, CSI’s program of study offers students a theoretically informed, historically grounded, and culturally significant investigation into the development and ongoing transformation of cinema and related media, both as cultural phenomena and within the context of an academic discipline.

CSI’s graduate programs foster innovative and advanced inquiry into the analysis of moving images and related media and practices. The Master of Arts program, launched in the fall of 2007, grounds students in advanced historical, theoretical and textual study, while the Ph.D. program, beginning in September, 2013, will immerse students in the current disciplinary, technical, and historical debates that are redefining the study, criticism, and creation of cinematic media and their publics.


Town Hall Theatre at Innis College, home of the Cinema Studies Institute.
The 200-seat
theatre accommodates lectures and screenings for larger