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Film and Moving Image Studies (MA)

Program type
Thesis, Course-based
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

The MA in Film Studies examines film as an artistic, cultural, and political medium. The main objective of this program is to expose students to different methodologies of film and media analysis, in order to understand the role of moving images in society and history. The program encompasses aesthetics, theory, and research methods that will help enable students to navigate their own relationship to the complex and pervasive viewing experiences of our digital world. While exploring the latest developments in moving image culture, we encourage students to develop their own research projects. You will connect with a dynamic group of students and develop your own areas of interest and benefit from some of the best research labs in Canada. Our internationally-renowned faculty is comprised of academics from a multitude of disciplines and institutions and includes four research chairs. Montreal's exceptional range of film venues, museums, galleries and artist-run centres means that students live and work in an incredibly vibrant and inspiring urban environment.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

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.

Film and Moving Image Studies MA (45 credits)

Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option A - Thesis (36 credits)


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)

Film and Moving Image Studies MA Option B - Course-based (36 credits)


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.

Film and Moving Image Studies MA Required Courses (9 credits)



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)

Film and Moving Image Studies MA Courses

FMST 615 Topics in European Cinema (3.00)
FMST 620 Topics in Non-European Cinema (3.00)
FMST 625 Topics in Film History (3.00)
FMST 630 Topics in Film Theory (3.00)
FMST 635 Topics in Aesthetics and Cultural Theory (3.00)
FMST 640 Gender Issues in Film (3.00)
FMST 645 Topics in Film Genres (3.00)
FMST 650 Topics in Experimental Film and Video (3.00)
FMST 655 Topics in Documentary (MA) (3.00)
FMST 660 Topics in Film Directors (3.00)
FMST 665 Topics in Film and Moving Image Studies (3.00)
FMST 670 Independent Study (3.00)
FMST 675 Practicum (3.00)
FMST 680 Practicum (3.00)
FMST 685 Practicum (6.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Film Studies (or related field) with a minimum B average (GPA 3.00)
  • Applicants may be requested to attend an interview with the graduate committee.
  • 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.

Out-of-province students

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