Master of Arts in Film Studies (MA)

Quick Facts

Master of Arts
Creative and Performing Arts
Mode of delivery
On campus
Film Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Arts


The M.A. in Film Studies offers a diverse program of studies leading to an M.A. degree with thesis. The program focuses on the study of moving images as a major way of thinking about how we approach reality. In this context, it is essential to analyze film forms, theories, aesthetics, receptions, and policies and to thoroughly understand cinema in relation to history and culture. Our mission is to educate students in the diversity of cinematic practices, and in their historical and contemporary formats. We provide a supportive environment in which students immerse themselves in profound discussions of the role that moving pictures play in various societies, and how they mediate our perceptions of the world.

What makes the program unique?

The M.A. in Film Studies publishes Canada's leading graduate film journal, Cinephile, run and edited by students in the program.

UBC Vancouver is a remarkable place to study film. In addition to the resources of the university, we benefit from the fact that the Vancouver region has the largest film industry activity in Canada, popularly known as "Hollywood North". The city also hosts several high-profile festivals and dedicated institutions that program independent international and Canadian cinema.



TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Career Options

Our aim is to teach students in a liberal arts context that will prepare them for a wide range of careers, including teaching, curating, policy-making, publishing, data analysis, programming and distributing, preservation, filmmaking, writing, consulting, and arts administration.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations21354
Total enrolment3811128

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 83% based on 12 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 16 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.46 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Mathijs, Ernest (film, alternative cinema, independent cinema, European cinema, horror film, David Cronenberg, film audiences, film festivals, censorship, fantasy film, Lord of the Rings, Film studies)
  • McIlroy, Brian (British, Canadian and Irish Cinema)

Further Program Information


September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
21 August 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
01 December 2017
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2017

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