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.
Undergraduate degree in film studies 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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts With Thesis (Option A)
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts Without Thesis (Option B)
For students interested in developing a thesis (option A), the Graduate Program Director will ensure that a potential supervisor exists within the faculty to support the research area in question. The onus is on the student, however, to secure a member of the faculty to supervise the thesis during their studies. Students who wish to write a thesis must also submit a thesis proposal at the end of the Winter semester. Thesis proposals are discussed in the required Methods (FMST 600) seminar and support for developing them is provided. Once submitted, a committee will meet to review proposals and students will subsequently be informed of whether or not their proposals have been approved, and the student invited to continue in the thesis track. Students will also receive feedback on their proposed projects from this committee. Students whose thesis proposals are not accepted will move to the Master of/Magisteriate in Arts Without Thesis (Option B) track.
Our diverse course curriculum offers opportunities for the advanced study of film by incorporating multidisciplinary materials from fields as varied as gender studies, archival science and philosophy. Visit the department website for a current list of course offerings.
Students may receive practicum credits for work at film institutions (e.g. festivals, archives), periodicals, educational or production establishments.
1. Do I need to select an advisor before applying? If so, how do I select my advisor?
No, it is not necessary to select an advisor before you apply. You will have time in your first semester to select an advisor. You can mention a professor you feel would be a good fit in your statement of purpose.
2. How many years does a full-time student typically takes to complete this program?
Typically, full-time students finish either the thesis or non-thesis track in two years: 45 credits.
3. What should I include in my Statement of Purpose?
The Statement of Purpose should be around 3-4 pages in length, and include the following information. It should briefly explain your background, elaborate on your past and present research interests as well as research output (papers written, or, if applicable, published or presented at conferences), and what draws you to the Film Studies program at Concordia. This last aspect may include brief mention of professors you feel are pertinent to your research project and/or interests, and courses you feel useful for your studies. To do this we urge you to look closely at our program and professors' profiles. You do not need to contact professors to list their names here; we discourage you from doing so. While you may have many research or subject interests at this point, we suggest you present one or two of them in depth, and note briefly your other interests.
4. What is recommended for the writing sample for the application for admission?
The writing sample is meant to show your ability to write academically. Most applicants use a previous work either form a class or published work they feel represents their best work. The writing does not have to be a published work. The recommended length is 8-20 pages.
5. Letters of recommendation: Do they need to be submitted by Feb 1st or is there a grace period for the referees to submit the letters?
It is recommended that the letters arrive by February 1, but about a week grace period will be given for the final letters to come in after the February 1 deadline.
6. Do I need to get my previous university to send my transcripts?
8. Financial Aid: If admitted to the program, am I eligible to apply to any type of financial aid and/or work study?
Funding is available to MA students on a competitive basis through a range of fellowships, scholarships, and other awards. Approximately 60% of incoming MA students receive some kind of funding, fee remission, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. The funding is allocated on the basis of a student’s application materials, including prior academic record, letter of intent or statement of purpose, scholarly writing sample and letters of recommendation. Funding also depends on yearly university allocation, though we strive to support our incoming and continuing MA students. Canadian students are also highly encouraged to apply to SSHRC and FQRSC MA scholarships before entering the program. You are also encouraged to find your own funding.
9. Do I need to have a BA in film studies to apply?
It is recommended but not necessary to apply. Other BA degrees that are often considered are: art history, film production, English, French, sociology, philosophy, history, political science communications, anthropology, social science, literature and sociology. It may be necessary to undertake up to 6 undergraduate courses in these cases depending on your admission decision.
Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers in the media and cultural industries, through their work in film, television, and the arts. Practicum courses facilitate careers in the areas of programming and exhibition, curatorial work, arts journalism, and teaching at all levels. Graduates are also qualified to pursue film studies at the doctoral level. Concordia has an excellent track record in placing graduates in the best PhD programs in film and media studies in Canada and the United States.