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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Hanna Burnett (BA ’12, MA '13)

coordinator, Programme Services, Toronto International Film Festival

"Not everyone is lucky enough to get to study something they love for four years and then get to work in their chosen field. For me, that passion was film and I owe the development of my love of film and my position within the industry to my time in the Laurier Film Studies program! Great professors, great friends, incredible material and an engaging setting – who could have asked for a better university experience?"

Shelley Therrien (BA '10)

film and television editor

"My English and Film Studies degree at Wilfrid Laurier University gave me the theoretical and historical understanding of literature and cinema. This was the perfect foundation for me, to which I added practical film production training through a postgraduate certificate from Sheridan College. Through class discussion, conducting research, and constructing essay arguments, I gained the tools to analyze and contextualize media and texts in terms of stylistic, generic and thematic elements. I feel this has given me an advantage as I’ve gone forward in my career development. In pursuing work as a film and television editor, as well as a novice screenwriter, a strong understanding of media fundamentals has given me the confidence not only to utilize conventional methods, but also to explore the limits of those conventions in my own work."

Luke Sarazin (VFS '19; BA '20)

current student, Vancouver Film School (VFS) Pathway

"Vancouver Film School is a great choice for anyone who is serious about a career in hands-on film production. The entire program is focused exclusively on training students to an industry level of competence in their chosen discipline. Every specialization taught at VFS is packed full of intensive and thorough technical training, and the skills learned are constantly practiced though frequent productions and workshops." 

Kayla Thompson (BA ’08)

senior technician, Media Archive Central England

"After I finished my master’s in Film Archiving at University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, I got a job at the Media Archive for Central England, where I do technical prep, film repair, and digitisation. I love it! My degree at Laurier was essential to the career I have now, as I wouldn’t have known film archiving was a viable career path without it! I owe this to Dr. Spring and the Early Cinema class I took in my final year at Laurier. My final essay in that class confirmed that it was a field I wanted to pursue, and I used the essay for my application to UEA."

Priscilla Galvez (BA '07)

associate producer, Blue Ice Pictures

"I was intimidated by the uncertainty of pursuing a career in film and TV so I initially enrolled in the Film Studies program as a safe bet. But my program ended up being the perfect foundation for my career in film. Its hands-on editing course cemented my passion in filmmaking and motivated me to pursue film production after graduation. My experience has helped me become a well-rounded filmmaker and producer working in the industry today."

Katie Parkes (BA '13)

community relations and events specialist, University of Waterloo

"Laurier Film Studies took my love affair with film and made it a marriage. My professors shared with me the films that move and inspire them, and their passion ignited mine. That passion is the greatest asset I have in the industry. It’s nearly impossible to compete with someone doing what they love."

Krista Boniface (BA '12)

communications, Academy of Canadian Cinema and TV

"A vital sign of the Film Studies program is the fact that my classmates have become my colleagues and collaborators in the film industry. I will always be grateful to the professors at Laurier for investing so much in us and our learning. This has completely pushed me to where I am today."


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