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Any one of the three concentrations in Cinema Studies - Specialist, Major, or Minor - is intended to comprise part of a student's undergraduate Honours Bachelor of Arts 4-year degree.

Students taking Cinema Studies are registered with the Faculty of Arts & Science. They combine their program with disciplines ranging from Psychology to English; from Political Science to Art History. A well-rounded education with more career opportunities can result when students complement their chosen Cinema Studies Program with many of the other available courses of study available at the University of Toronto. To learn more about admission into the Faculty of Arts & Science, please visit www.artsci.utoronto.ca.

Students registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science select their program of study at the end of their first year of study and/or after having completed at least four full course equivalents (FCEs). Transfer credits accepted for students coming to U of T from another university also count toward this FCE requirement.

Of these four FCEs required to request a Specialist, Major, or Minor in Cinema Studies, one FCE must be CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study. This course is the entry requirement for all of the undergraduate areas of concentration in Cinema Studies and is also a prerequisite to most upper-year Cinema Studies courses.

Please note: Cinema Studies has substantially revised its Program Requirements as of April 2011. Program students who accepted and declared a Specialist, Major or Minor during the 1st Subject POSt request period before Aprl 2011 are "grandfathered" under the previous requirements: please see Cinema Studies under the listing for Innis College in the 2010-2011 Calendar (.pdf file).

Program Requirements

Cinema Studies is a Type 2 Limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Enrolment in the Cinema Studies programs requires completion of CIN105Y1 with a final mark of at least 70%, and three additional FCEs. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement in CIN105Y1 of 70% can be considered for admission by achieving a 70% in CIN201Y1. Achieving this mark in either course does not guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Please Note: Breadth Requirements (BR) ensure that your overall degree is well-rounded. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) fulfills specific required "competences". BR and QR are not the same thing, but CIN230H1 - The Business of Film fulfills both: BR 3 and QR 4.


How to Apply

Cinema Studies is a Type 2L Subject POSt and students use the student web service, ACORN to make their program request after meeting the Program Requirements listed above.

 

April 1 - May 17, 2017 Request Period

Students who applied during this first round of Subject POSt Requests should check ACORN on July 3, 2017 to learn of the departmental decision on their application. Student with INV (invited) status must accept by August 2, 2017.

Summer Request Period: July 3 - August 27, 2017

Students who qualify for program enrolment based on Summer 2017 courses apply during this second round of Subject POSt Requests. Summer students should check ACORN on September 16, 2017 to learn of the departmental decision on their application. Students with INV (invited) status must accept by September 20, 2017.

 

Below are the recommended program timelines. Students who begin a Cinema Studies program later in their undergraduate studies can still complete their undergraduate degree on time by doubling up on courses and taking summer courses, though this is not recommended.


Specialist Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

10.0 FCEs, at least 8.0 FCEs of which must have a CIN designator

First Year

CIN105Y1- Introduction to Film Study

Second Year

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

Third Year

CIN301Y1 - Film Cultures II

Second, Third, and Fourth Year

CIN230H1 - The Business of Film or 0.5 FCE from Breadth Category 5 (Physical and Mathematical Universes); in addition at least 5.5 FCEs from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses), of which 3.0 FCEs must be at the 300/400 level

Fourth Year

1.0 FCE from the following: CIN410H1, CIN411H1, CIN412H1, CIN420H1, CIN430H1, CIN431H1, CIN432H1, CIN440H1, CIN450H1,  CIN451H1, CIN452H1, CIN460H1, CIN470H1, CIN471H1, CIN472H1, CIN480H1

Students must complete CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1 and CIN301Y1 before taking any fourth-year courses.


Major Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

7.0 FCEs, at least 5.5 FCEs of which must have an CIN designator

First Year

CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study

Second Year

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

Third Year

CIN301Y1 - Film Cultures II

Second, Third, and Fourth Year

CIN230H1 - The Business of Film or 0.5 FCE from Breadth Category 5 (Physical and Mathematical Universes); in addition at least 3.0 FCEs from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses), of which 2.0 FCEs must be at the 300/400 level

Fourth Year

0.5 FCE from the following:CIN410H1, CIN411H1, CIN412H1, CIN420H1, CIN430H1, CIN431H1, CIN432H1, CIN440H1, CIN450H1,  CIN451H1, CIN452H1, CIN460H1, CIN470H1, CIN471H1, CIN472H1, CIN480H1

Students must complete CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1 and CIN301Y1 before taking any fourth-year courses.


Minor Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

4.0 FCEs, at least 3.0 FCEs of which must have a CIN designator

CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

Two additional full-course equivalents from Groups A through G (see below for list of courses). of which 1.0 FCE must be at the 300+level.

Students must complete CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1 and CIN301Y1 before taking any fourth-year courses.

 

Group A Courses: Foundations

CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study
CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I: Art and Industry
CIN301Y1 - Film Cultures II: Politics and Global Media

Group B Courses: Genre and Modes

CIN210H1 - Horror Film
CIN211H1 - Science Fiction Film
CIN212H1 - Cinema and Sensation I: Action/Spectacle
CIN213H1 - Cinema and Sensation II: Sex
CIN310Y1 - Avant-Garde and Experimental Film
CIN312Y1 - Documentary Film
CIN314Y1 - Genre, Narrative and Narration in Film
CIN320H1 - Special Topics in Genre and Modes
CIN322H1 - Cult Cinema
CIN410H1 - Advanced Study in Genre and Modes
CIN411H1 - Advanced Study in Genre and Modes
CIN412H1 - Advanced Study in Genre and Modes
CIN420H1 - Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group C Courses: Social and Cultural Practices

CIN230H1 - The Business of Film
CIN240H1 - Special Topics in Cinema Studies
CIN330Y1 - Feminist Approaches to Cinema
CIN332Y1 - Screening Race
CIN334H1 - The Origins of the Animation Industry, 1900-1950
CIN335H1 - American Animation after 1950
CIN340H1 - Special Topics in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice
CIN349H1 - Screenwriting
CIN430H1 - Advanced Study in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice
CIN431H1 - Advanced Study in Cinema asSocial and Cultural Practice
CIN432H1 - Advanced Study in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice
CIN440H1 - Advance Studies in Cinema

Group D Courses: Theory and Criticism

CIN250Y1 - Directors: Four Studies in Film Authorship
CIN260H1 - Selected Topics in Cinema Studies
CIN352H1 - Issues in Film Authorship I
CIN353H1 - Issues in Film Authorship II
CIN360H1 - Special Topics in Theory and Criticism
CIN362H1 - Animals and Cinema
CIN363H1 - Ecocinema
CIN369H1 - Critical Writing on Film
CIN450H1 - Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism
CIN451H1 - Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism
CIN452H1 - Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism
CIN460H1 - Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group E Courses: History and Nation

CIN270Y1 - American Popular Film Since 1970
CIN370H1 - Canadian Cinemas
CIN372Y1 - Contemporary World Cinema
CIN374Y1 - American Filmmaking in the Studio Era
CIN376Y1 - Chinese Cinema
CIN378H1 - Aspects of National Cinema
CIN379H1 - Hungarian Cinema
CIN380H1 - Special Topics in History and Nation
CIN389H1 - The Logics of Canadian Television
CIN470H1 - Advanced Study in History and Nation
CIN471H1 - Advanced Study in History and Nation
CIN472H1 - Advanced Study in History and Nation
CIN480H1 - Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group F Courses: Independent Studies

CIN490Y1 - Independent Studies in Cinema
CIN491H1 - Independent Studies in Cinema
CIN492H1 - Independent Studies in Cinema

Group G Courses: Cross-Listed

EAS242H1 - Japanese Cinemas I: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity
EAS243H1 - Japanese Cinemas II: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity
EAS431H1 - Advanced Topics in Japanese Cinema
FCS310Y1 - French Cinema
FCS392H1 - Special Topics in French Cultural Studies II: African Cinema
FIN250H1 - Finnish Cinema
FIN260H1 - Scandinavian Cinema
GER250H1 - Topics in German Film History
HIS335H1 - Soviet Cultural History
HIS345H1 - History and Film
HIS459H1 - Soviet History and Film, 1921-1946
HIS460H1 - Soviet History and Film, 1941-1991
HIS467H1 - French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film
ITA240Y1 - History of Italian Cinema
ITA340H1 - Italian Neorealist Cinema
ITA341H1 - Gender and Genre in Italian Cinema
ITA347H1 - Topics in Italian Cinema
SLA226H1 - Film and ethics: Polish Cinema
SLA234H1 - Russian and Soviet Cinema
SLA333H1 - Animated Film in Europe
SMC355H1 - Contemporary Celtic Cinema
SPA375H1 - Latin America Cinema
JSU325H1 - Queerly Canadian


Questions?
Contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant