Your degree in Film Studies

While studying Film Studies, you’ll explore and evaluate diverse cinematic practices in their historical and contemporary formats. You’ll develop important skills as you explore the role films play in culture and how they reflect and shape political and social perceptions.

These skills may include:

  • Critical thinking and assessment of films considering history, theory, techniques, and styles
  • Analysis and interpretation of film forms, aesthetics, receptions, and policies reflecting cultural, social, and political perspectives
  • Compelling written communication that identifies similarities and differences across a variety of genres, practices, and traditions
  • Application of film theory to understand and communicate how moving pictures mediate our perceptions of the world
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, statistical interpretation, synthesis of facts, and presentation of arguments
  • Effective planning, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills applied to digital film projects
  • Teamwork and collaboration on projects related to world cinema, including North American, Asian, and European films

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including filmmaking, curating, policymaking, programming and distribution, preservation, writing, arts administration, teaching, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Advertising specialist

Art director

Arts administrator

Audiovisual technician

Casting agent

Charitable organization director

Communications manager


Documentary maker


Event planner

Festival organizer

Film critic

Film director

Film location manager

Film producer




Lighting designer

Market research analyst

Marketing coordinator

Media relations manager

News analyst

Project manager

Public opinion interviewer

Public relations specialist


Research assistant

Script writer

Social policy researcher

Sound designer


Trade show organizer


Video archivist

Video game producer

Visual effects producer

Volunteer coordinator

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Film Society
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Departmental events
Network with Film Studies students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Cinephile: UBC’s Film Journal
Submit research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage and debate issues within film, media, and cultural studies.

Theatre and Film alumni
Reach out to UBC graduates for informational interviews to learn about their experiences and seek out advice.

National mentorship program
Discover mentorship programs for aspiring media producers with the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Film festivals
Check out volunteer and submission opportunities at film festivals across Canada.

Vancouver International Film Festival
Join other cinema enthusiasts by volunteering at the main festival or for various year-round events.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Volunteer to support marketing, fundraising, event services, or other opportunities.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

Resources and funding
Learn about different film industry organizations and opportunities to apply for funding.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

National Film Board of Canada
Browse opportunities to direct or co-produce a documentary, animation, or interactive project.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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