Master of Arts in Film Studies (MA)

Quick Facts

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

Overview

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.

 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

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)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (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

 20162015201420132012
Applications4424171531
Offers33446
New registrations22135
Total enrolment4381112

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 91.67% based on 12 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 16 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.57 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. 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: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Coulthard, Lisa (film theory and violence; film sound and violence, contemporary American and European cinemas, continental philosophy and Lacanian theory)
  • 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)

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018

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