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Film Studies (BA)


Laurier’s Film Studies program is considered one of the top film programs in Canada. In 2012, we launched a stand-alone Honours Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, along with our existing double-major degree.

Visual media plays a prominent role in our experience of the world today and our Film Studies Program addresses that experience. Our courses equip you with an understanding of the history of film, the key methods of critical analysis and film theory, the relationship of film style to its social and industrial contexts, and the variety of film genres and national cinemas.

With 3 wide-ranging introductory courses, you’ll have a choice of entry into the field of film studies in your first year. For upper-year students, we offer courses on film genre, theory, history, national cinemas, specific directors, Hollywood, Bollywood and animation. This combination makes Film Studies at Laurier an engaging, richly diverse program both in Canada and internationally.

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Program Highlights

  • We offer courses in film theory, history and genres.
  • Ongoing community engagement, including partnerships with Kitchener-Waterloo’s Multicultural Cinema Club and the Grand River Film Festival.
  • Two undergraduate film clubs: WLU Film Society (for those who love to watch films); and the Golden Hawks Film Club (for those who love to make them).
  • Checkout options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Film Noir
  • The Animated Film
  • Hollywood Auteurs
  • Bollywood Film
  • The Cinematic City


  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.


  • Postgraduate programs in film and media
  • Film and TV production
  • Education
  • Library and information science
  • Film restoration and archiving
  • Sales
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Entertainment law

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