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Film Studies (BA)


Laurier’s Film Studies program is considered one of the top film programs in Canada. The recent partnership with the Vancouver Film School, is providing students a pathway to combine academic study of film with hands-on training in film production, writing, or acting. You will complete the Honours BA in Film Studies at Laurier and receive a diploma from the Vancouver Film School in either Film Production, Acting for Film or Writing for Film and Television in just four years instead of five.

Our Film Studies program addresses the prominent role visual media plays in our experience of the world today. Our courses equip you with an understanding of the history of film, the key methods of critical analysis and film theory, the relationship of film style to its social and industrial contexts, and the variety of film genres and national cinemas.

With three wide-ranging introductory courses, you’ll have a choice of entry into the field of film studies in your first year. For upper-year students, we offer courses on film genres, theory, film history and national cinemas. Our range of courses makes Film Studies at Laurier an engaging, richly diverse program both in Canada and internationally.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Film Studies experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • We offer a wide-range of courses from film history, national cinemas, theory, and genre to industry courses on the Business of Film and Film Fandom to film practice courses in Video Editing and Screenwriting.
  • Our exciting new partnership with the Vancouver Film School means that Film Studies students can fast-track their education, completing the Honours BA in Film Studies at Laurier and their diploma in Film Production, Writing for Film and Television, or Acting for Film and TV at The Vancouver Film School in only four years (instead of five).
  • Ongoing community engagement, including partnerships with Kitchener-Waterloo’s Multicultural Cinema Club and the Grand River Film Festival.
  • Two undergraduate film clubs: WLU Film Society (for those who love to watch films); and the Golden Hawks Film Club (for those who love to make them).

Sample Courses

  • Film Noir
  • East Asian Cinemas
  • Screenwriting and Directing
  • Film History Since 1950
  • Intro to Video Editing
  • The Animated Film
  • Hollywood Auteurs
  • The Business of Film
  • Bollywood Film
  • The Cinematic City


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

The new Film Production Option is designed for students who seek to combine a foundational knowledge of Film Studies with a practical understanding of the techniques of video and film production, from script to screen.

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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