Film Studies at the University of Manitoba offers students opportunities to engage with moving images from a variety of interrelated critical and practical perspectives. Students study films from their origins to the present, and from around the world, that embody a host of different forms: popular, experimental, documentary, animation, and many more. Hands-on courses cover all facets of the production process such as: direction, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound, camera acting, and more. This provides students with both all-around and specific skill sets.
Why study film?
As the major art form of the twentieth century, film is at the centre of a liberal arts education. Much of what we know about our modern world comes from film or its related media -- video and television. Our ideas about the past, the present, the future and about the differences between here and there are often cinematic. One of the best ways to understand the world and better prepare ourselves to cope with its complexities is through the study of film.
Film is also a social, cultural and historical document. Because of this, film studies requires that a student participate in most of the great debates of the past one hundred years. Thus it shares the concerns and approaches of courses of study as diverse as finance, history, philosophy, political studies, psychology, sociology and women's studies.
What is unique about this program?
Film Studies at the U of M provides students with the unique opportunity to create a feature length film, working with their peers in a collective context which is an experience very different from that at other institutions, which usually focus only on short formats. Our faculty consists of scholars with wide-ranging interests, and a mix of expertise. Both George Toles and Guy Maddin, whose films have been featured in retrospectives around the globe, teach multiple classes per year, and interact closely with students. We have recently opened a new media lab that offers students the use of cutting-edge software and an extensive DVD lending library. Our film production equipment includes up-to-date digital cameras, sound recording technology, a Steadi-Cam harness, and more.
Film Studies Program Courses (Aurora Student)
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