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Fine Arts (FA) – Film

Location: 223 Centre for Film and Theatre, Tel.: 416-736-5149
Chair: A. Buchbinder
University Professor: S. Feldman
Professor: J. Marchessault
Professors Emeriti: P. Morris, A. Lhotsky
Associate Professors: T. Barta, A. Buchbinder, B. Evans, C. Fisher, J. Fisher, S. Forsyth, J. Greyson, L. Green, S. Hayashi, P. Hoffman, A. Kazimi, B. Longfellow, J. McCullough, M. Rickard, C. Wagner, R. Wickens, H. Wiseman, S. Young, M. Zryd
Associate Professors Emeriti: E.W. Cameron, D. Davidson, R. Wood
Assistant Professors: T. Takahashi, T. Trifonova
Adjunct Professor: P. Hoffert
Graduate Program Director MFA: P. Hoffman
Graduate Program Director MA/PhD: TBA

Programs of Study

The mission of the Department of Film’s undergraduate program is to nurture creative, bold and meaningful work by new generations of filmmakers and scholars, based on a curriculum enlivened by, and relevant to, the continuous changes in our field.

Housed in the largest Fine Arts teaching facility in Canada, we are the oldest and most comprehensive university-based film program in the country, with a curriculum rooted in the interrelationship of theory and practice.

We offer degrees in three areas. In Cinema and Media Studies, students study cinema and media through a variety of historical, critical and theoretical perspectives. In Production, students work with state-of-the art facilities to make films and develop specialized skills in directing, cinematography, editing, sound, and production management. In Screenwriting, students explore the craft of moving-image storytelling in the only degree-granting screenwriting program in Canada. Our studio courses seek to nurture films and screenplays that are committed to richness of content, creative vitality and mastery of technique. Our studies courses offer a challenging critical and interdisciplinary perception of the world we live in through its cinema. All three areas benefit from the engagement with one another that is the unique strength of our department.

Our teaching faculty is composed of a diverse group of filmmakers and scholars who are actively engaged in research and production, well-known in their fields. Our extensive curriculum is enhanced by regular visits from filmmakers and scholars, and our internship program provides opportunities for work in the field.

Our graduates are employed in the Canadian film and television industry in a wide variety of creative, technical, and executive positions, and are at work in film festivals, galleries, schools, and other film and fine arts institutions. The range of their accomplishments reflects our determination to offer our students more than just career training; our programs are intended to serve as doorways to a life of reflective and productive engagement with a world increasingly defined by moving pictures. We approach the cinema as an education in global citizenship, while we relish Canada’s cultural diversity and the way it is reflected in our students and the work they produce.

Supported by a dedicated professional staff, we take considerable care to recruit, admit and advance through our programs highly motivated students who want an extraordinary university education.

Courses in Film

Some upper-year courses are not offered on an annual basis; some courses listed below may not be offered during the current academic session. Consult the Film Department office for further information.