Film StudiesSt. Patrick's Building 423
Telephone: (613) 520-2342
Fax: (613) 520-3575
Web site: www.carleton.ca/artandculture/film_studies.html
Director, Bryan Gillingham
Supervisor of Graduate Studies, Zuzana Pick
The School for Studies in Art and Culture offers a program
of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Arts
in Film Studies. This is a disciplinary M.A. with emphasis upon
1) the conceptual issues current in the field, and 2) the
problematics of various national cinemas and other
The program will develop in students a broadly based
expertise in the discipline. The study of Canadian cinema is
given a high priority, but provision is also made for the study
of other national cinemas, as well as for the study of other
traditions outside the mainstream, such as women's cinemas,
post-colonial cinemas, and minority and regional practices.
Most work in the program is on the feature fiction film and
its institutional foundations as an object of study. However,
in line with the expertise of members of faculty, the study of
other film forms like documentary, animation, experimental film
and video is a necessary part of the course offerings.
Questions of critical and historical method and problems of
theory inform all of the courses in the program. This
conceptual emphasis is in line with the central developments in
Film Studies as a discipline over the past twenty-five
Applicants who lack an Honours degree, but who have a 3 year
degree in Film Studies or a related discipline with a minimum
standing of B+, may be admitted to a qualifying-year program.
Students who complete the qualifying-year requirements with
high honours standing or better will be considered for
admission to the master's program. The regulations governing
the qualifying-year are outlined in the General Regulations
section of this calendar.
Master of Arts
The minimum requirement for admission to the Master's
program in either a full-time or part-time capacity is a B.A.
(Honours) or the equivalent in Film Studies or a related
discipline with high honours standing. Related disciplines
might include Mass Communication, Art History, Literature,
Canadian Studies, Women's Studies, and History. Applicants
without a background in Film Studies may be required to take a
maximum of two full credits from designated courses in the
undergraduate Film Studies program in addition to their normal
M.A. program requirements.
The specific program requirements for students in the M.A.
program are as follows:
- 1.0 core credit required
- 2.0 additional credits
- Thesis (equivalent to 2.0 credits)
- Total of 5.0 credits required
In choosing the two additional credits beyond the core
seminar and the thesis, students may take 0.5 credit outside
the Film Studies program subject to the approval of the
Because of the strong conceptual demands of the program and
the expectation that students be able to synthesize ideas in a
substantial piece of written work, the research essay option
will not be available in partial fulfillment of the
requirements of the degree.
Normally, full-time students should complete their course
work by the end of the second term, and part-time students by
the end of the fifth term.
Students normally will submit a detailed thesis proposal to
the thesis proposal committee no later than March 1 of the
first year of registration for students enrolled full-time and
no later than the middle of the fifth term of registration for
students enrolled part-time.
A reading knowledge of French (or another language approved
by the Film Studies Graduate Supervisor) is required.
A standing of B- or better must be obtained in each course
counted towards the master's degree.
- Not all of the following courses are offered in a given
year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for
2003-2004 and to determine the term of offering, consult
the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet,
published in the summer and also available online at
Course Designation System
Carleton's course designation system has been restructured.
The first entry of each course description below is the new
alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value
in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is
included for reference, where applicable.
- FILM 5000 [1.0 credit] (formerly 19.500)
- Directions in Film Theory and Film History
- This course is intended to acquaint students with
recent developments in film theory and history. Topics may
include spectatorship, identity, gender, cultural studies,
fan cultures, performance, reception theory, formation of
taste, discourse analysis, historical method, and concepts
of national and transnational cinemas.
- FILM 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.501)
- Directed Readings and Research
- Tutorials designed to permit students to pursue
research on topics in Film Studies which have been chosen
in consultation with members of faculty.
- FILM 5002 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.502)
- Special Topics
- This course offers selected topics in film studies not
available in the regular course program.
- FILM 5105 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.515)
- Changing Practices
- This course looks at traditional and recent
developments in non-feature film forms such as documentary,
newsreel, experimental film, video and television. The
aesthetic particulars that distinguish these forms from the
fiction feature film are examined, along with their social
and cultural roles.
- FILM 5201 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.521)
- Topics in European Cinema
- Some aspect of European cinema - a particular period,
movement, style, genre, narrative development or
co-production practice - is the focus of this course.
Emphasis will be upon the problematic concept of a national
cinema in the light of current debates about
- FILM 5202 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.522)
- Cinemas of the America
- This course examines one or more of the cinemas of the
United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and Brazil. A
particular period, movement, style, genre, narrative
development, some relationship between these cinemas or the
problematic concept of a national cinema may be dealt
- FILM 5204 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.524)
- Cultural Mediations
- This course examines the processes of mediation that
operate between mainstream and alternative, independent or
marginal film industries and practices.
- FILM 5208 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.528)
- Historical Traditions in Canadian Cinema
- Selected aspects of the history of cinema in Canada are
the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed upon the role
that institutional bodies, government policies, economic
decisions, aesthetic traditions, and related cultural
practices have had on the history of Canadian cinema.
- FILM 5209 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.529)
- Critical Perspectives on Canadian Cinema
- This course examines current critical approaches to
Canadian film. Attention will be given to the influence of
Canadian and foreign cultural theory and criticism on film
studies in Canada.
- FILM 5401 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.541)
- Studies in Authorship
- This course offers detailed attention to the work of
one or two filmmakers, with a concern for recent ideas
about the concept of authorship and the formation of
artistic and critical reputations.
- FILM 5500 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.550)
- Advanced Film Analysis
- This course examines issues and approaches to the
detailed analysis of particular film texts. Work in
narratology, hermeneutics, discourse analysis,
psychoanalysis, deconstruction and semiotics will provide
the methodological background to the study of individual
- FILM 5501 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.551)
- Gender and Cinema
- The social production and reproduction of gender and
gender relations through the cinema and its representations
are examined in this course. The consequences of this work
for feminist, gay and lesbian film practices and politics
form an important part of the course.
- FILM 5601 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.561)
- Studies in Genre
- The theory and practice of film genres will be the
object of study in this course.
- FILM 5701 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.571)
- Topics in Animation
- Institutional histories, the work of individual
animators, modes of production, and the social function of
animation represent topics to be covered by this
- FILM 5900 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.590)
- Cinema and Modernism
- This course examines cinema's relationship to the
history and theory of modernism. The concerns of classical
film theory, the emergence of avant-garde, modernist film
practices, and film's relationship to other
twentieth-century art forms represent areas of study in
- FILM 5901 [0.5 credit] (formerly 19.591)
- Cinema and the Postmodern
- An examination of cinema's relationship to the history
and theory of postmodern cultural practices in performance
art, video, multimedia, architecture, literature, music,
and other examples of artistic postmodernism is the focus
of this course.
- FILM 5909 (formerly 19.599)
- M.A. Thesis