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Film Studies

Film Studies explores and evaluates the diversity of cinematic practices in their historical and contemporary formats. Film Studies educates students in the diversity of cinematic practices, and in their historical and contemporary formats. Through the study of film, students discuss the role films play in culture and how they reflect and shape political and social perceptions.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Go Global 

Experience film in other countries and immerse yourself in other cultures and contexts. Go Global programs offers students the opportunity to study at one of 150 partner universities round the world. Learn more. 

Arts Co-op Program

Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience through Arts Co-op will help you explore career options in arts organizations (like museums and film festivals, non-profit, government, and the private sector across Canada and abroad. Graduate with at least 3, 4-month work terms, average cumulative earnings of $25,000, career skills and experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation. 

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Arts students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at galleries, art festivals, theatre organizations, museums, and grass-roots organizations and non-profits. Find your passion, gain relevant experience and unleash your creativity in a part-time internship this year. 

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars allow senior undergraduate students to either participate in or initiate and coordinate small, collaborative, group learning experiences. For example, previous students have taught seminars on Film in Post-Colonial Asia. Learn more.

Using your degree

Film Studies is taught within a liberal arts context which prepares graduates for a wide range of careers, such as teaching, curating, policy-making, programming and distribution, preservation, filmmaking, writing, consulting, and arts administration. Graduates also develop experience and skills in project planning, visual presentations and compelling communications, and collaborative team work.

Career possibilities

Festival Programmer/Curator

Programmers select films for showing at a festival or exhibition. Curators need experitse in many genres of film and television and may be independent consultants or permanent employees. 

TransMedia Producer

Creates content that engages an audience using techniques that cross digital media boundaries. A transmedia production will develop stories across multiple forms of media in order to deliver unique pieces of content in multiple outlets.

Other Potential Careers:

Advertising Specialist
Casting Agent
Communications Coordinator
Communications Officer
Event Planner
Film Critic
Marketing Specialist
Program or Group Facilitator
Public Relations Professional
Project Co-ordinator
Research Assistant
Research Analyst
Trade Show Supervisor
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Academic possibilities

This degree prepares students for further study in a variety of fields such as:

  • ​MA Film Studies
  • Journalism
  • PhD Film Studies
  • PhD Performance Studies

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