Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions from prospective students. If you are a current University of Toronto student with a question, please email the Undergraduate Assistant.


Q: I am a Canadian student or a current University of Toronto student. How do I register in the Cinema Studies program?
A: Please read over Program Admission and if you have any questions, email the Undergraduate Assistant.

Q: I am a prospective student from outside of Canada. How would I apply for admission?
A: Before gaining admission into the Cinema Studies program, students must apply for admission into the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science's International Student's Page.

Q: I am an international student who would like to study for a year or a semester in Cinema Studies. How do I determine which courses to take and enrol in them?
A: You will find information about the Inbound Exchange program from the Centre for International Experience at https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/inbound-exchange.

Q: Is it possible to take undergraduate Cinema Studies courses for personal interest, without pursuing a Bachelor's degree?
A: Yes, this is possible. You must first apply through the Faculty of Arts & Science as a non-degree student. More information about the process and application can be found at Faculty of Arts & Science Future Students.

Q: Can I audit a Cinema Studies course?
A: If space permits, and after all registered students have had an opportunity to enrol, auditing of courses by either a University of Toronto student or a member of the community may be permitted with the approval of the instructor and the Cinema Studies Institute. Auditors may attend lectures and other class meetings, take part in class discussions, and receive written confirmation of attendance. An auditor will not receive evaluations of participation, and will not be allowed to submit assignments or write tests or examinations. An auditing fee of 40% of the regular Arts & Science course fee may apply. For more information, please email 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 course in production. If you would like to pursue filmmaking, other post-secondary institutions in Toronto offer programs of instruction, such as York University and Ryerson University.

Q: How long does it take to finish the Cinema Studies program of study?
A: The Cinema Studies Specialist, Major and Minor programs are part of a four-year course of study leading to an 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: The Cinema Studies Institute does not offer any online course.

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. Please read "CSI Alumni reveal how they got from here to there".

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. The English Language Learning Program provides support for all University of Toronto undergraduates enrolled in the Faculty of Arts & Science. To learn more about their programs, please visit http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/advising/ell.


Archival Photo of the Carlton Theatre at Yonge St. and Carlton St.
- Toronto circa 1963.