Cinema & Media Studies

The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC proudly offers an M.A. and PhD. in Cinema & Media Studies. Students in these programs enjoy strong mentoring relationships with core faculty members and develop research expertise in an area of their choice while also training in the broader theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field.

Faculty research specialties include sound and violence in cinema, cult cinema, film theory, documentary, early cinema, European and North American national cinemas, contemporary television drama, web and online series, and the receptions of mainstream and alternative cinema. Our students can also engage with professors and students in our renowned theatre studies and film production graduate programs.

UBC offers a world-class research library which includes the Videomatica DVD collection. The Department offers the Visual Resources Centre, the Centre for Cinema & Media Studies, and a strong research-oriented university community.

As a selective program, we accept only a few students. We work closely with them as they pursue their research. All of our graduate students enjoy the opportunity to develop their academic teaching skills as teaching assistants in UBC’s undergraduate film studies classes. The program works hard to provide stable and consistent funding from departmental and university sources and supports students in their applications to national scholarship programs.