York University’s Graduate Program in Film/Cinema and Media Studies is recognized internationally as Canada’s most innovative and dynamic film program, providing students with a unique integration of film studies, hands-on skills, critical theory and state-of-the-art production resources and pedagogy. Situated in the celebrated School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design that includes departments of dance, theatre, design, visual arts and art history, and music, our graduate film programs actively facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations and research through shared courses, joint creation initiatives and a dynamic yearlong program of public lectures and events.


York’s Graduate Program in Film offers degrees in Cinema and Media Studies (MA and PhD), Production (MFA), Screenwriting (MFA), and the joint MBA/MFA & MBA/MA degrees with the Schulich School of Business.

Upcoming Film Events

photo of Lisa Gitelman“The field of media studies takes many different forms in different intellectual contexts. What if we could start from scratch? What is the footprint of media studies within the academy, and what is its place in the world? Exploring “the field of media studies as/and the future of the humanities”, esteemed scholar Lisa Gitelman will present her new talk Media Studies From Scratch as the fourth annual Peter Morris Memorial Lecture, Jan 14, 2015, 3 pm in the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building.”

Student Projects

Places-w-MeaningThe grad student curated series Depth of Field will present Places With Meaning: New Canadian Picks on January 30th at 8pm at Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. This program of short shorts explores representations of space, landscape and home.

Faculty Research

Ora3-D Flic, the film department’s 3-D research lab, presented the 2nd Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference on September 20-23, 2013, with Professor Ali Kazimi giving the keynote address. A dynamic gathering of panels, lectures, workshops and screenings, the conference explored the emergence of independent and artistic applications of 3-D cinema and visualization technologies.

Alumni News

myprariehomeChelsea McMullen (MFA 2011) will premiere her new feature documentary My Prairie Home at the Sundance Film Festival in late January, 2014. A portrait of musician/singer Rae Spoon, this innovative portrait film was shot by Maya Bankovic (BFA 2009) and edited by Avril Jacobson (BFA 2008).