Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema Studies

Program Description

The Ph.D. Program in Cinema Studies fosters a deepened understanding of the complex and interconnected histories of cinema and related media and the challenges that rapidly changing cultural production may present to theorizing the role and nature of cinematic media. Core courses strengthen students’ sense of historical method and engagement with primary research materials, while also enabling them to confront the theoretical and methodological debates and issues central to the changing nature of the disciplines of cinema and media studies.  Students will also be equipped with the skills required to successfully embark on a doctoral thesis, participate in conferences, and negotiate a variety of job markets. The formidable research resources of the University of Toronto and the vibrant film, art, and media culture of the city of Toronto will enrich the unique doctoral experience offered by the Cinema Studies Institute.


The following program requirements are taken from the SGS Course Calendar. In cases of discrepancy, the online Calendar version at the SGS website shall apply.

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Program Requirements:


Normal Program Length: 4 years (full-time)
Time Limit: 6 years (full-time)


Minimum Admission Requirements (Ph.D.)

For admission to the Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, applicants must meet the following standards:



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