The PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies trains the next generation of film scholars in the dominant forms of contemporary visual culture. It expands on the history, philosophy and meanings of the world's cinematic traditions and hones the critical tools with which researchers explore this field, one of the most vibrant in fine arts and humanities. The program deepens students' understanding of cinema and moving image media by drawing on a wide variety of historical and cultural perspectives. Our program fosters interdisciplinarity in both research and teaching, while being deeply rooted in the traditions that have shaped film and media studies. Students are encouraged to research film and moving image practices in different national contexts and periods. Montreal's status as a cultural metropolis provides an exceptional range of film venues, museums, galleries and artist-run centres.
MA in Film Studies (or cognate field) with a minimum B+ average or GPA of 3.30
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
6 credits – Core Courses
FMST 806 - Proseminar I (3 credits)
FMST 807 - Proseminar II (3 credits)
3 credits – Choice from four clusters (two offered per year)
FMST 801 - Seminar in Film and Moving Image History (3 credits)
FMST 802 - Seminar in Film and Moving Image Aesthetics (3 credits)
FMST 803 - Seminar in Film and Moving Image Theory (3 credits)
FMST 804 - Seminar in Film, Moving Image and Cultural Theory (3 credits)
6 credits – Electives
FMST 805/FMST 605 - Topics in English Canadian Cinema (3 credits)
FMST 810/FMST 610 - Topics in Cinema Québécois (3 credits)
FMST 815/FMST 615 - Topics in European Cinema (3 credits)
FMST 820/FMST 620 - Topics in Non-European Cinema (3 credits)
FMST 825/FMST 625 - Topics in Film History (3 credits)
FMST 830/FMST 630 - Topics in Film Theory (3 credits)
FMST 835/FMST 635 - Topics in Aesthetics and Cultural Theory (3 credits)
FMST 840/FMST 640 - Gender Issues in Film (3 credits)
FMST 845/FMST 645 - Topics in Film Genres (3 credits)
FMST 850/FMST 650 - Topics in Experimental Film and Video (3 credits)
FMST 855 - Topics in Documentary (3 credits)
FMST 860 - Topics in Film Directors (3 credits)
FMST 865/FMST 665 - Topics in Film Studies (3 credits)
FMST 870 - Independent Study (3 credits)
FMST 880 - Research Seminar (3 credits)
* 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.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
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.
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