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Humanities & Culture

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?

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
  • Communication
  • Education, Arts and Design
  • Marketing Entrepreneurship
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Sales
  • 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
  • Journalism
  • Preformance Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Information Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Media Production
  • Education 

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 Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit 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.  

Explore Your Options

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.