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 at cinema.studies@utoronto.ca.

Before gaining admission into the Cinema Studies program, both Domestic and International Students must apply for admission into the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Please visit Future Students

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 Other Applicants.

Course auditing will not be permitted during the 2020/21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Normally, 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 at cinema.studies@utoronto.ca.

The Cinema Studies Institute emphasizes the study of cinema by focusing on film history, film theory, and film analysis. The Institute does not offer a course in production, though many of our students have found our program useful in preparing them for a career in the film industry.

You can read about how our alumni have used their degree in Cinema Studies to find careers in the film industry in the following articles:

If you would like to pursue a film production program, other post-secondary institutions in Toronto offer such programs of instruction, such as York University and Ryerson University.

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.

In 2020/21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Cinema Studies courses will be accessible online. 

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" and "CSI Alumni Diana Sanchez, Karam Masri and JP Larocque return for panel discussion."

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 Innis Writing Centre provides free personalized, one-on-one instruction from experienced, supportive writing instructors for Cinema Studies assignments. Book an appointment

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 English Language Learning.