Call for Applications 
MA in Film Studies 
Carleton University-Canada’s Capital University. 
Ottawa, ON  

Carleton University’s Film Studies Program invites applications to its MA program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications received by February 1, 2021 will receive priority consideration. Admission decisions will be made by late February-early March. The Program may consider late applications.  

Carleton University’s Film Studies program is a student-centered, globally focused, and interdisciplinary program that teaches critical, theoretical, and historical approaches to cinema and emerging media. Students learn to think analytically and express themselves clearly while developing specialized knowledge about history, aesthetics, and film as a social and cultural practice. Our internationally recognized faculty are engaged in innovative research with numerous books, articles, grants, and awards to their credit. Our program offers a collegial, supportive, and student-friendly atmosphere conducive to success, with a faculty committed to student mentorship. 

Areas of faculty expertise include world cinema (e.g., the cinemas of Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Canada, and the United States), film theory and philosophy, film history, documentary film and media, Indigenous film and media, video games and new media, queer and transgender media, and sound studies.  

Our program welcomes applications from students with an undergraduate degree in Film Studies and cognate disciplines such as Communication, Journalism, Art History, Music, Literature, Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, History, etc. Students may supplement their studies with a specialization in African Studies or the Digital Humanities.  

During their studies, students may qualify for internships which provide them with practical film- and media-related experience and opportunities to work with Ottawa-area arts institutions, companies, and associations including film festivals (Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa International Animation Festival, InsideOut Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, One World Film Festival, Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival), archives and museums (Library and Archives Canada, Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science & Innovation, Carleton’s Audio-Visual Resource Centre) and film production and exhibition facilities (SAW Video Media Art Centre, Independent Film Cooperative of Ottawa). 

Carleton University offers generous and highly competitive funding packages. Admission funding may take the form of one or more of the following: Teaching Assistantships (TAships), Domestic Entrance Scholarships, Merit Scholarships, Donor-Funded Awards Research Assistantships (RA), etc. For fall 2021, we are also offering additional fellowships through our new Transgender Media Lab initiative: https://carleton.ca/transmedialab/2020/tml-ma-fellowships/.  

Established in 1977, Carleton’s Film Studies is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in Canada. Members of our faculty helped found the discipline’s professional society, the Film Studies Association of Canada, and have held various offices over the years. Three past presidents of FSAC are members of our faculty, and the association’s journal, The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, was recently housed at Carleton. Present and past members of faculty also serve or have served on the editorial boards of Camera Obscura, JCMS: The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Revue Cinémas, Animation Journal, Studies in French Cinema, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, The Soundtrack, Film History, Performance Matters and Positif, etc. 

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We especially encourage and welcome submissions from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions. 

For more information, please visit our website: https://carleton.ca/filmstudies/. For questions, please contact Dr. Aboubakar Sanogo, Graduate Supervisor at aboubakar.sanogo@carleton.ca.  

 

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