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Film Studies at Laurier

Our Film Studies program addresses the prominent role visual media play in our experience of the world today. 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

Our program also gives you the opportunity to engage in hands-on production. You can graduate with a specialization in Film Theory or Film Production as part of your degree.

With three 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 genres, theory, film history, national cinemas, and other topics. Our range of courses makes Film Studies at Laurier an engaging, richly diverse program both in Canada and internationally; our partnership with the Vancouver Film School makes our program unique in the world.

Vancouver Film School Pathway

Our program is designed for students who want an in-depth knowledge of film studies and hands-on training in video and film production — from script to screen — to prepare for careers in media production. The Vancouver Film School (VFS) pathway in particular affords career readiness, student engagement, and transferable "hard" skills.

If you choose the VFS pathway, you'll complete the Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies at Laurier and receive a diploma from VFS in either Film Production, Acting for Film and Television, or Writing for Film and Television in just four years instead of five.

Exceptional Instructors and Experiential Learning

Film Studies majors learn from internationally renowned filmmakers like Mark Terry, who was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada. This is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, sciences and social sciences. While maintaining a busy filmmaking career, Terry teaches courses at Laurier such as Documentary Film.

Terry also runs a program called Activist Documentary Filmmaking for the United Nations. It offers a unique opportunity for Laurier students to produce short documentary films about climate change research, which will then be submitted for consideration to the United Nation’s Youth Climate Report project. Terry is the executive director of the Youth Climate Report.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Over the past few years, several Film Studies majors have published enhanced versions of senior-level course papers in various academic journals, including Film Matters, the world’s only refereed journal devoted to undergraduate cinema and media scholarship:

  • Matthew Grant’s “Representing the Real or Constructing the Myth: Struggling with Trauma and Identity in the Vietnam War Comic” was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research (2015), based on his final paper for FS443a: War in Literature and Film.
  • Keevan Robertson’s “Samurais with Afros: Political and Cultural Connotations of African American Depictions in Japanese Style Animation” was published in Film Matters 6.1 (2015).
  • Zach Klaver’s “The Ideological Effects of Intensified Continuity” was published in Film Matters 4.3 (2013), based on his final paper for FS342: Contemporary Film Theory.
  • Phillip Guglielmi, Yeng Hang, and Mynt Marsellus co-authored an article, "Three Views of An Autumn Afternoon," forthcoming in Film Matters. 
  • Mynt Marsellus published the paper he wrote for FS257: The Western as “The Zombie Apocalypse as 21st Century Frontier” in Film Matters 8.3 (2017).

In April 2018, Laurier Film Studies hosted the sixth annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies undergraduate conference, the first time this prestigious international conference has been held outside of the U.S.

"Not everyone is lucky enough to get to study something they love for four years and then get to work in their chosen field. [...] Great professors, great friends, incredible material and an engaging setting – who could have asked for a better university experience?"

– Hanna Burnett (BA '12, MA '13)

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