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Film Studies (BA)


Laurier’s Film Studies program is considered one of the top film programs in Canada. New for 2016 is our partnership with the Vancouver Film School, which provides students a pathway to combine their academic study of film with hands-on training in film production, writing, or acting.

Students will also have the opportunity to add our Film Production Option to their degree. This new option is designed for students who seek to combine a foundational knowledge of Film Studies with a practical understanding of the techniques of video and film production — from script to screen — to prepare for careers in film, TV, or web series production or advertising and journalism. The option includes courses in film practice (e.g., Intro to Video Editing) and on the film industry (e.g., Business of Film, Screenwriting).

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 three wide-ranging introductory courses (narrative, image, genre), 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 genres (westerns, noir, musicals), theory (gender, mass media, contemporary), film history, national cinemas (Bollywood, American, Italian, East Asian), and other exciting topics (animation, auteurs, youth culture). Our range of courses makes Film Studies at Laurier an engaging, richly diverse program both in Canada and internationally.

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Program Highlights

  • We offer a wide-range of courses from film history, national cinemas, theory, and genre to industry courses on the Business of Film and Film Fandom to film practice courses in Video Editing and Screenwriting.
  • The new Film Production Option is designed for students who seek to combine a foundational knowledge of Film Studies with a practical understanding of the techniques of video and film production, from script to screen.
  • Our exciting new partnership with the Vancouver Film School means that Film Studies students can fast-track their education, completing the Honours BA in Film Studies at Laurier and their certificate in Film Production, Writing for Film and Television, or Acting for Film and TV at The Vancouver Film School in only four years (instead of five).
  • 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
  • Film History Since 1950
  • Intro to Video Editing
  • The Animated Film
  • Hollywood Auteurs
  • The Business of Film
  • Bollywood Film
  • The Cinematic City


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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