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BA(Hons) Cinema Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

41920 CAD
41920 CAD

Application fee

International 90 CAD
National 90 CAD
Cinema Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1200
ACT (avg)26

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About this course

Film is a powerful art form with its own history, conventions, and techniques. Understanding film, its properties, methods, aesthetics, and its impact on global cultures is the basis of Cinema Studies. The program provides a variety of approaches: history and development of cinema; film theory and critical analysis; study of genres, works of individual filmmakers, and national and transnational cinemas; and examination of film in relation to other arts and academic fields.

At the dawn of the twentieth century cinema emerged as a new mass entertainment, a source of information, and a product of economic and social power. Cinema adapted to and absorbed novel technologies, such as sound, color, 3-D, and, later, digital techniques at a rapid pace. As shifting political and economic forces came into play, cinema continued to assume a key role in moving-image culture. During its history, cinema has absorbed seismic shocks in ideas and ideologies, and responded to the shifting politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality that have defined modern society. Now, in the early years of the twenty-first century, an evolving mediascape driven by digital technologies offers exciting opportunities to assess the ever-changing role of cinema across global cultures.

Because of its status as a major art form and a vital social practice, cinema has assumed a crucial place within the university. The Cinema Studies Institute has, over four decades, developed into a major area of academic research, study, and teaching at the University of Toronto and has contributed in pivotal ways to the development of the discipline both in Canada and internationally.

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Eligibility Criteria

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum Requirement iBT – total score of 100 + 22 on Writing PBT – total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE Discretionary Range* iBT – total score 89-99 + 19-21 on Writing PBT – total score 573-597 + 4.5 on TWE
The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Results are received electronically from IELTS. We do not accept paper results.

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Course Modules

10 full courses or their equivalent (FCEs), at least 8.0 of which must have a CIN designator)

First Year:

  • CIN105Y1

Second Year:

  • CIN201Y1

Third Year:

  • CIN301Y1

Second, Third and Fourth Year:

  • CIN230H1 or 0.5 FCE from Breadth Category 5; in addition at least 5.5 FCEs from Groups B through G, of which 3.0 FCEs must be at the 300/400 level

Fourth Year:
1.0 FCE from the following: CIN410H1, CIN411H1, CIN412H1, CIN420H1, CIN430H1, CIN431H1, CIN432H1, CIN440H1, CIN450H1, CIN451H1, CIN452H1, CIN460H1, CIN470H1,CIN471H1, CIN472H1, CIN480H1

Students must complete CIN105Y1, CIN201Y1 and CIN301Y1 before taking any fourth-year courses.

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How to Apply

  • Documents must be submitted electronically via Parchment/Naviance/OUAC whenever possible. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, your institution must send the documents to us directly in an envelope which has been signed and sealed by the issuing institution. Do not submit hard copies of any documents which you are sending electronically.
  • You may be given the opportunity to upload your documents directly, if they cannot be sent electronically. However, uploaded documents are considered unofficial, and we reserve the right to request official transcripts.
  • AP, SAT, ACT, IB, TOEFL, IELTS, and COPE/ELDA test scores must be sent electronically.
  • Submit documents such as reference letters and resumes only if requested. Unnecessary documents will NOT be added to your file; these will be discarded and will delay the processing of your application.

Admission Information

  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English, are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


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