Why pursue a doctorate in Film and Moving Image Studies?
Film and moving images are the dominant forms of contemporary visual culture. Their reach transcends territorial borders and disciplinary horizons, and they can influence our views and our understanding of the world in complex ways. Moving images ask us to continually re-examine, re-interpret, and re-evaluate both where and how we stand in the world individually and collectively.
Film and moving image scholars are committed to investigating the multiple forms and practices of the ever-evolving medium of moving images. We train academic researchers to make sense of its histories, philosophies, and meanings, as well as the ideological perspectives that help shape and transform the ways we interact in a global society. The doctoral program in Film and Moving Image Studies endeavors to train the next generation of moving image scholars. We provide them with the critical tools with which to revisit the past and map the future of one of the most vibrant fields in the fine arts and humanities. The landscape and boundaries of this field continually shift in order to pose new possibilities and challenges, and actively respond to artistic, economic, cultural and technological change.
While Montreal is a throbbing cultural metropolis with an exceptional range of film venues and museums, galleries and artist-run centers, the program provides an ideal environment for students to deepen their understanding of cinema and other moving image media from a wide variety of historical, cultural and theoretical perspectives. Our program fosters interdisciplinarity in both research and teaching, while being deeply rooted in the discipline of film and media studies and the aesthetic, philosophical, social and political debates that have shaped it. Students are encouraged to expand their critical skills and develop a wide variety of research methods for investigating film and moving image practices in different national and transnational contexts and periods.
*Late applications may occasionally be considered, at the discretion of the Program Director and subject to space availability. Please inquire directly to the Program Director.
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Our seminars are designed exclusively for doctoral students. They cover a robust range of scholarship in film and media history and theory that recognizes the value of pluralism in moving image research. At Concordia, students join a vibrant and enthusiastic research community, and are mentored by acclaimed prize-winning faculty members while pursuing individual scholarly goals and developing original scholarship.
All PhD students in Film and Moving Image Studies receive funding and are eligible to work as Teaching Assistants as well as Research Assistants, and a variety of University bursaries and fellowships are also available. Opportunities also exist for designing and teaching undergraduate courses. International fee remission is available for foreign students who then pay only local fees for tuition (amongst the lowest in North America). Students entering the program with a SSHRC or FRQSC fellowship receive a $10,000 top up from the School of Graduate Studies.
The vibrant culture of the program includes opportunities for students to get involved in Concordia-based film journals, research groups, yearly conferences and active reading groups.
Our students position themselves at the forefront of new scholarship by organizing screenings, workshops and seminars that interface with Montreal’s rich cultural and arts scene and beyond. They are encouraged and supported to actively disseminate their own research through conferences and publications. A plethora of distinguished guests participate in departmental and University-wide events, while faculty and students from other fields and institutions contribute to an active schedule of discussions and activities.