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Cinema Studies Institute
a cinema studies degree equips students with critical thinking and close reading skills
Betty Xie is not only a film festival programmer and a filmmaker, she’s also a Cinema Studies grad.
Betty Xie (Hon. B.A., 2014) leveraged her education in Cinema Studies and Asia Pacific Studies into a career as a documentarian with a focus on diaspora, migration and identity. She also draws attention to Asian cinema through her work for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Learn more about Betty here.
What do employers value about Cinema Studies Institute graduates?
think critically about visual media
think critically and creatively
write clearly and effectively across genres
organize materials with attention to detail
analyze texts for grammatical and content accuracy
develop creative solutions to unique situations
communicate presuasively, verbally and in writing
Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $45,960/year upon entering the workforce. 63% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Cinema Studies Alumni most frequently apply their creative problem solving and imaginative analysis skills in these industries:
- Media production, distribution, and exhibition
- Education, Arts and Design
- Marketing Entrepreneurship
- Information Technology
graduate or professional school
A cinema studies degree equips students with the critical thinking and close reading skills for a variety of academic next steps including graduate programs in:
- Cinema and Media Studies
- Preformance Studies
- Fine Arts
- Creative Writing
- Information Science
- Communication Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Museum Studies
- Media Production
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environments at the Toronto International Film Festival and HotDocs.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Options in your Department
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline. Attend a speed-networking event to get to know your professors.
Participate in social and academic events and film screenings at Innis College for full immersion in your discipline.
Join your student union CINSSU to build your network and experiences.
Attend information sessions on upcoming courses, graduate school, welcome to the program and transferable skills.
Gain hands on experience in an experiential learning course and in critical writing on film, screenwriting and curating courses.
Take advantage of research opportunities with faculty through University of Toronto Excellence Awards.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Cinema Studies Institute, U of T
- Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists
- Film Studies Association of Canada
- Ontario Media Development Corporation
- Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres Artsboard
- Filmmaker’s Alliance
- Toronto Film Critics Association