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Undergraduate Admission

Any one of the three concentrations in Cinema Studies - Specialist, Major, or Minor - is intended to comprise part of a student's undergraduate Honours Bachelor of Arts 4-year degree.

Students taking Cinema Studies are registered with the Faculty of Arts & Science. They combine their program with disciplines ranging from Psychology to English; from Political Science to Art History. A well-rounded education with more career opportunities can result when students complement their chosen Cinema Studies Program with many of the other available courses of study available at the University of Toronto. To learn more about admission into the Faculty of Arts & Science, please visit www.artsci.utoronto.ca.

Students registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science select their program of study at the end of their first year of study and/or after having completed at least four full course equivalents (FCEs). Transfer credits accepted for students coming to U of T from another university also count toward this FCE requirement.

Of these four FCEs required to request a Specialist, Major, or Minor in Cinema Studies, one FCE must be CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study. This course is the entry requirement for all of the undergraduate areas of concentration in Cinema Studies and is also a prerequisite to most upper-year Cinema Studies courses.

Please note: Cinema Studies has substantially revised its Program Requirements as of April 2011. Program students who accepted and declared a Specialist, Major or Minor during the 1st Subject POSt request period before Aprl 2011 are "grandfathered" under the previous requirements: please see Cinema Studies under the listing for Innis College in the 2010-2011 Calendar (.pdf file).

Program Requirements

Cinema Studies is a Type 2 Limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Enrolment in the Cinema Studies programs requires completion of CIN105Y1 with a final mark of at least 70%, and three additional FCEs. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement in CIN105Y1 of 70% can be considered for admission by achieving a 70% in CIN201Y1. Achieving this mark in either course does not guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Please Note: Breadth Requirements (BR) ensure that your overall degree is well-rounded. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) fulfills specific required "competences". BR and QR are not the same thing, but CIN230H1 - The Business of Film fulfills both: BR 3 and QR 4.


How to Apply

Cinema Studies is a Type 2L Subject POSt and students use the student web service, ACORN to make their program request after meeting the Program Requirements listed above.

 

March 1 - May 15, 2018 Request Period

Students who applied during this first round of Subject POSt Requests should check ACORN on July 3, 2018 to learn of the departmental decision on their application. Student with INV (invited) status must accept by August 8, 2018.

Summer Request Period: July 3 - August 29, 2018

Students who qualify for program enrolment based on Summer 2018 courses apply during this second round of Subject POSt Requests. Summer students should check ACORN on September 13, 2018 to learn of the departmental decision on their application. Students with INV (invited) status must accept by September 19, 2018.

 

Programs of Study

Students who begin a Cinema Studies program later in their undergraduate studies can still complete their undergraduate degree on time by doubling up on courses, though this is not recommended, and taking summer courses,.


Specialist Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

Total of 10.0 FCEs, at least 8.0 FCEs of which must have a CIN designator

1.0 FCE

CIN105Y1- Introduction to Film Study

1.0 FCE

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

1.0 FCE

CIN301Y1 - Film Cultures II

0.5 FCE

CIN230H1 - The Business of Film or half of a full-course equivalent from Breadth Category 5 (Physical and Mathematical Universes)

2.5 FCE

Two and a half full-course equivalents from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses)

3.0 FCE

Three full-course equivalents at the 300/400 level from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses)

1.0 FCE

One full-course equivalent 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.


Major Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

Total of 7.0 FCEs, at least 5.5 FCEs of which must have an CIN designator

1.0 FCE

CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study

1.0 FCE

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

1.0 FCE

CIN301Y1 - Film Cultures II

0.5 FCE

CIN230H1 - The Business of Film or half of a full-course equivalent from Breadth Category 5 (Physical and Mathematical Universes)

1.0 FCE

One full-course equivalent from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses)

2.0 FCE

Two full-course equivalents at the 300/400 level from Groups B through G (see below for list of courses),

0.5 FCE

Half of a full-course equivalent 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.


Minor Program

Entry requirements: A final mark of no less than 70% in CIN105Y1 or CIN201Y1 and three additional FCEs.

Total of 4.0 FCEs, at least 3.0 FCEs of which must have a CIN designator

1.0 FCE

CIN105Y1 - Introduction to Film Study

1.0 FCE

CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I

1.0 FCE

One full-course equivalent from Groups A through G (see below for list of courses).

1.0 FCE

One full-course equivalent at the 300/400 level from Groups A through G (see below for list of courses).

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

 

Course Groups

For course descriptions, please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Group A Courses: Foundations

CIN105Y1

Introduction to Film Study

CIN201Y1

Film Cultures I: Art and Industry

CIN301Y1

Film Cultures II: Politics and Global Media

Group B Courses: Genre and Modes

CIN210H1

Horror Film

CIN211H1

Science Fiction Film

CIN212H1

Cinema and Sensation I: Action/Spectacle

CIN213H1

Cinema and Sensation II: Sex

CIN310Y1

Avant-Garde and Experimental Film

CIN312Y1

Documentary Film

CIN314Y1

Genre, Narrative and Narration in Film

CIN320H1

Special Topics in Genre and Modes

CIN322H1

Cult Cinema

CIN410H1

Advanced Study in Genre and Modes

CIN411H1

Advanced Study in Genre and Modes

CIN412H1

Advanced Study in Genre and Modes

CIN420H1

Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group C Courses: Social and Cultural Practices

CIN230H1

The Business of Film

CIN240H1

Special Topics in Cinema Studies

CIN330Y1

Feminist Approaches to Cinema

CIN332Y1

Screening Race

CIN334H1

The Origins of the Animation Industry, 1900-1950

CIN335H1

American Animation after 1950

CIN340H1

Special Topics in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice

CIN349H1

Screenwriting

CIN430H1

Advanced Study in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice

CIN431H1

Advanced Study in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice

CIN432H1

Advanced Study in Cinema as Social and Cultural Practice

CIN440H1

Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group D Courses: Theory and Criticism

CIN250Y1

Directors: Four Studies in Film Authorship

CIN260H1

Selected Topics in Cinema Studies

CIN352H1

Issues in Film Authorship I

CIN353H1

Issues in Film Authorship II

CIN360H1

Special Topics in Theory and Criticism

CIN362H1

Animals and Cinema

CIN363H1

Ecocinema: The Nature of Film

CIN364H1

Theories of Media

CIN369H1

Critical Writing on Film

CIN450H1

Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism

CIN451H1

Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism

CIN452H1

Advanced Study in Theory and Criticism

CIN460H1

Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group E Courses: History and Nation

CIN270Y1

American Popular Film Since 1970

CIN370H1

Canadian Cinemas

CIN372Y1

Contemporary World Cinema

CIN374Y1

American Filmmaking in the Studio Era

CIN376Y1

Chinese Cinema

CIN378H1

Aspects of a National Cinema

CIN379H1

Hungarian Cinema

CIN380H1

Special Topics in History and Nation

CIN389H1

The Logics of Canadian Television

CIN470H1

Advanced Study in History and Nation

CIN471H1

Advanced Study in History and Nation

CIN472H1

Advanced Study in History and Nation

CIN480H1

Advanced Studies in Cinema

Group F Courses: Independent Studies

CIN490Y1

Independent Studies in Cinema

CIN491H1

Independent Studies in Cinema

CIN492H1

Independent Studies in Cinema

Group G Courses: Cross-Listed

EAS242H1

Japanese Cinemas I: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity

EAS243H1

Japanese Cinemas II: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity

EAS431H1

Advanced Topics in Japanese Cinema

FCS310Y1

French Cinema

FCS392H1

Special Topics in French Cultural Studies II

FIN250H1

Finnish Cinema

FIN260H1

Scandinavian Cinema

GER250H1

Topics in German Film History

HIS335H1

Soviet Cultural History

HIS345H1

History and Film

HIS459H1

Soviet History and Film, 1921-1946

HIS460H1

Soviet History and Film, 1941-1991

HIS467H1

French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film

ITA240Y1

History of Italian Cinema

ITA340H1

Italian Neorealist Cinema

ITA341H1

Gender and Genre in Italian Cinema

SLA226H1

Film and Ethics: Polish Cinema

SLA234H1

Russian and Soviet Cinema

SLA333H1

Animated Film in Europe

SMC355H1

Contemporary Celtic Cinema

SPA375H1

Latin American Cinema

JSU325H1

Queerly Canadian

 

Questions?
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