The master’s program emphasizes conceptual issues current in the field, such as questions of critical and historical method relevant to the research and study of various national cinemas in relation to their global and transnational contexts. Other areas include: media technology and aesthetics, Canadian and Quebec cinema, animation, documentary cinema, new media, film’s relationship to literature, theatre and music and other visual and performing arts. An internship program is available to students registered in the research essay MA stream in Film Studies.

Collaborative specializations in African Studies and Digital Humanities are also available.

Capital Advantage

The program takes full advantage of its location in Ottawa and its national institutions which offer opportunities for internships and access to research materials unparalleled in Canada. These include the Moving Image and Sound Archives of the National Archives of Canada, Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa International Silent and Early Sound Film Festival, IFCO – Independent Film Co-operative of Ottawa and SAW Video.

Research Highlights

  • Cinema specialist André Loiselle published his 10th book on theatricality in cinema in 2011.
  • Charles O’Brien has been expanding his project on cinema’s conversion to sound to other countries.
  • Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano has a new book on digital technology’s impact on the contemporary Japanese cinema.
  • Marc Furstenau has been working on the relationship between film theory and technological change.
  • Further research information is available on the Film Studies website.

Program Information

Length: 1 – 2 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Experiential Learning: Internships

Pathway Options: Coursework, , Thesis

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