All applicants will be required to submit an example of their writing on cinema, and a letter of intent.
Some applicants who have undergraduate degrees in other programs will also be considered. These students must have a strong interest in cinema from the perspective of other disciplines such as art history, film production, communications, English, French, sociology, philosophy, history or political science. Students applying from non-film studies programs must demonstrate to the committee that they have a basic knowledge of core film studies materials.
Qualified applicants lacking prerequisite courses may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits (or the equivalent, to be approved by the Department’s Graduate Studies Committee) in addition to the regular graduate program.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Please see the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Courses page for course descriptions.
credits of Film and Moving Image Studies MA Required Courses
credits chosen from one of the following options:
Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option A - Thesis
Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option B - Course-based
credits of Elective Courses chosen from the Film and Moving Image Studies MA Courses
Note: The maximum value of practicum (internship) credits allowable in this option is 6.
• FMST 690 MA Research and Thesis (27.00)
credits of courses chosen from the Film and Moving Image Studies MA Courses list.
Note: The maximum number of practicum (internship) credits allowable in this option is 12.
• FMST 601 Methods in Film and Moving Image Studies I (3.00) • FMST 602 Methods in Film and Moving Image Studies II (3.00)
credits chosen from:
• FMST 610 Topics in Cinema Québécois (3.00) • FMST 605 Topics in English Canadian Cinema (3.00)
Options. The program offers two different options to fulfill degree requirements. Both program options require original research.
Courses. All students may take 9 of their required additional course credits in graduate courses offered by other departments in the university. Such courses must be approved by the Department’s Graduate Studies Committee, with permission of the other department concerned.
In admitting students to Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option A - Thesis , the GPD will ensure that a potential supervisor exists within the faculty for the student’s research area. The onus is on the student, however, to secure a member of the faculty to supervise the thesis. See the course description for FMST 690 for further detail.
In each course, students pursuing Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option B - Course-based are required to submit a research paper and make an oral presentation. Students will become familiar with a broad range of methodologies and film practices. Within this framework, they may also be able to pursue specific areas of interest by enroling in independent studies, internships or taking courses in other departments in the university.
Practicum Credits. See the course descriptions for FMST 675, FMST 680 and FMST 685 for detail.
Language. All students are expected to have a reading knowledge of English and French at the time they begin classes. Courses will be conducted in English, although French texts may be assigned on occasion. Written and oral assignments may be submitted in either English or French. Students who cannot read both French and English texts comfortably should begin their remedial language work before starting classes. A test will be administered by the department to ensure a functioning competency in French for those students whose first language is English or another language. All students must pass this test before receiving their degree, except those who demonstrate to the Graduate Program Director that they are fluently bilingual. A student may also apply to be exempted from the French language test should competency in a language other than English or French be pertinent to the student’s research. This competency must be verified by the GPD.
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