Research Centres

Students may benefit from the many research centres established at York University. Some of these include the Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Research in Latin-America & the Caribbean, the Centre for Refugee Studies, the Centre for Feminist Studies, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

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A Grad Film MFA alum (and film technician at AMPD) Marcos Arriaga has a show of his work at MOCA—Online Museum of Autobiographical Cinema

An in-depth interview with Marcos: (in Spanish, with a decent Google translation).

Equipment, Facilities and Research Labs

York’s Film Program offers Grad students a full state-of-the-art slate of digital and celluloid camera options, including the Sony FS-7, Canon 300, Red Camera, DSLR, Bolex, SRII Super 16 and Black Magic, plus a full spectrum of professional sound, lighting and grip equipment. From April to September, grads have exclusive access to our three in-house sound stages—from 800 to 2000 square feet—dedicated grad edit suites, and two foley/mix theatres. In addition, grads have year-round access to a 8500 square feet studio, located at Cinespace, Toronto’s largest television/film soundstage complex.

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MFA’s are encouraged to get involved in York's four cinema research labs:

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The Future Cinema Lab specializes in creating new stories for new screens, testing the possibilities of immersive installations.

The Alice Lab for Computational Worldmaking explores the possibilities of AR/VR expression and transmedia.

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The Stereoscopic 3-D Lab@York is a workshop for artistic innovation and vision research in 3-D cinema.

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AMPD's Sensorium—a collective umbrella for interdisciplinary transmedia creation and exchange. Partnerships with colleagues and students from fine arts departments and other disciplines (environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, political science, education) are encouraged, especially in the exploration of new digital content.image of the word Sensorium superimposed over a representation of the human brain