Program Summary

The history and global culture of movies are examined in Carleton’s Film Studies program. Learn about film as an art form, as entertainment, a form of storytelling, and a documentary record of our time. Through a variety of approaches, you will study the history and aesthetics of film and other audio-visual media and discover the works of some of the world’s best filmmakers.
Areas of study include the films of Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, Europe, and North America; Indiginous filmmaking; documentary films; films genres; film theory; early film history; film technology; film festival curation; screenwriting; sound studies; queer and transgender cinema; video games; and digital media culture.
You will also examine broader questions about audiovisual culture and hone your research and communication skills. Students in their fourth year can apply for the practicum program in which they can get real-world experience working in film festival programming, exhibition or production work at institutions such as the Canadian Film Institute, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Ottawa Film Festival, and the Digital Arts Resource Centre. Students in the second and third year can make short films in our “Film and Media Practice” courses.