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Film and Moving Image Studies (PhD)

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

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.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Courses page for course descriptions.

Film and Moving Image Studies PhD (90 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

FMST 806 Proseminar I (3.00)
FMST 807 Proseminar II (3.00)


credits chosen from four clusters (two offered per year)

FMST 801 Seminar in Film and Moving Image History (3.00)
FMST 802 Seminar in Film and Moving Image Aesthetics (3.00)
FMST 803 Seminar in Film and Moving Image Theory (3.00)
FMST 804 Seminar in Film, Moving Image and Cultural Theory (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses

FMST 805 Topics in English Canadian Cinema (3.00)
FMST 810 Topics in Cinema Québécois (3.00)
FMST 815 Topics in European Cinema (3.00)
FMST 820 Topics in Non-European Cinema (3.00)
FMST 825 Topics in Film History (3.00)
FMST 830 Topics in Film Theory (3.00)
FMST 835 Topics in Aesthetics and Cultural Theory (3.00)
FMST 840 Gender Issues in Film (3.00)
FMST 845 Topics in Film Genres (3.00)
FMST 850 Topics in Experimental Film and Video (3.00)
FMST 855 Topics in Documentary (3.00)
FMST 860 Topics in Film Directors (3.00)
FMST 865 Topics in Film and Moving Image Studies (3.00)
FMST 870 Independent Study (3.00)
FMST 880 Research Seminar (3.00)



FMST 887 Comprehensive Exam (3.00)
FMST 885 Thesis Proposal (6.00)
FMST 888 Specialization Examination Essay (3.00)
FMST 890 Research and Thesis (63.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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