Frequently Asked Questions

The Cinema Studies Institute is an academic cinematic media studies program, emphasizing theory, history and culture. We do not offer production nor screenwriting courses or facilities for training.

The Admissions Committee will consider all application materials after the documentation deadline. As we receive a large number of applications each year, it may take a week or two for the committee to fully consider the documentation. The committee then meets to discuss the applications, and comes up with a shortlist and waiting list. Those we are unable to offer a place in the program will be notified typically in March. If you are notified that you are on a waiting list, it may take up to the end of April to hear a final result, as spaces may open up at any time due to declined offers. Please be patient during this time. Thank you.

Three letters from academic referees for both the MA and PhD level. We will accept up to one non-academic reference letter in cases where you are unable to obtain sufficient academic referees.

No, we only offer a full time, 12-month M.A. program that includes Teaching Assistantship or grading duties. Residency is required from September to August. Classes are typically offered only in the daytime. We have no distance learning component.

The PhD program is also full time, requiring residency. We have no distance learning component.

Some universities have different ways of calculating the weight of a class. 1 FCE here at the University of Toronto is equivalent to 3 hours of class each week, for 24 weeks. Most universities offer a semester course (where a semester is about 12 weeks) where weekly attendance is 3 hours, and those are counted as 0.5 FCEs. Therefore, you would need 12 of those courses to reach the minimum of 6 FCEs.

We assume a high degree of familiarity with film theory, film history, and film culture in students we accept to the MA program, hence the 6 FCEs in film studies. While you may still apply if you are a couple credits short, we highly recommend that you take the minimum number of courses to strengthen your application and to prepare you for graduate-level study of cinema.

If you would like to take additional undergraduate courses in film, please visit Other Applicants and investigate the Non-Degree Studies option. Their site will list deadlines and procedures for admission to the University of Toronto as a non-degree student.