About Us

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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.

The CMS MA is a rigorous two-year program involving course work, employment as a teaching assistant, and the completion of either a Major Research Paper (MRP), a research creation project or an intensive industry field placement in Toronto's thriving media sector.

Teaching, publication, and professional academic development are key components of the CMS PhD, a minimum four-year degree. After completing course work and comprehensive exams, students write a research dissertation which may include a  research creation project.

In the MFA program in Film, production students embark on a two-year program, taking courses with our faculty of award-winning filmmakers, and completing a thesis film or digital work.

In Canada’s only dedicated MFA in Screenwriting, students receive training from renowned faculty in all aspects of writing for the screen, including television and cinema.

The Graduate Program in Film encourages rich and dynamic synergies between creative and scholarly research among our Cinema and Media Studies, Production, and Screenwriting students and faculty.