Film Studies (BA)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Film Studies student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Film Production Specialization
  • Film Theory Specialization
  • Communication Studies Minor
  • Creative Writing Minor

An exciting partnership with the Vancouver Film School (VFS) allows you to fast-track your education, completing the Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies at Laurier and your diploma in Film Production, Writing for Film, Television and Games, or Acting for Film and TV at the Vancouver Film School in only four years. The VFS Pathway helps students acquire the knowledge and practical skills they need for a career in the film industry.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

The functional knowledge you will develop in your program will help you:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of film, modes of film practice, film styles, genres, and national cinemas.
  • Acquire an understanding of key methods of critical analysis and film theory, and a critical vocabulary with which to discuss and write about film.
  • Develop an appreciation of the relationship of film style to modes of production.
  • Engage in a collective critical dialogue around issues in film studies in Canada and globally.
  • Acquire enhanced cultural literacy in order to navigate a complex media landscape.
  • Develop an understanding of the prominent role visual media play in our experience of the world today in one of the top film programs in Canada.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

23 respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree – English and Film Studies, Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • College Programs – Advanced Television & Film, Interactive Media Management

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • communications designer associate
  • filmmaker and editor
  • game presentation, Toronto Raptors
  • sales analyst
  • social media coordinator
  • support clerk
  • video editor

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • associate producer
  • content strategist
  • events and exhibition coordinator
  • post-production coordinator
  • radio broadcaster
  • special effects technician
  • sports reporter
  • videographer

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • advertising/marketing
  • communications/public relations
  • cultural heritage/tourism
  • digital media/social media
  • education
  • entertainment/media
  • entrepreneurship
  • event planning
  • film production
  • government
  • journalism
  • library/archives/museum
  • publishing
  • radio
  • research/market analysis
  • screen writing

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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