M.A. On Campus

Film Studies

Carleton University

12 months
17317 CAD/year
6615 CAD/year
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The Film Studies MA program from Carleton University emphasizes conceptual issues current in the field, such as questions of critical and historical method relevant to the research and study of various national cinemas in relation to their global and transnational contexts.


Other areas include: media technology and aesthetics, Canadian and Quebec cinema, animation, documentary cinema, new media, film’s relationship to literature, theatre and music and other visual and performing arts. An internship program is available to students registered in the research essay MA stream in Film Studies.

The Film Studies MA program from Carleton University takes full advantage of its location in Ottawa and its national institutions which offer opportunities for internships and access to research materials unparalleled in Canada. These include the Moving Image and Sound Archives of the National Archives of Canada, Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa International Silent and Early Sound Film Festival, IFCO – Independent Film Co-operative of Ottawa and SAW Video.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have pursued further studies (PhD and MFA) in Canada and the United States, as well as successful careers as professors, filmmakers, film critics, organizers and directors of film festival and art councils, archivists, cinema owners, cultural administrators, researchers, consultants and teachers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directed Readings and Research
  • Special Topics
  • Film Theory, History, and Critical Methodologies
  • Cinema and Technology
  • Topics in Film History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in film studies or a related discipline such as communication, art history, music, literature, Canadian studies, women’s and gender studies or history. 
  • Typically, an average of B+ or higher is required for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17317 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17317 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6615 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6615 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National: $6,515 (2nd year)
  • International: $17,317 (2nd year)

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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