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CSI PhD Launch

The Cinema Studies Institute is proud to announce that it welcomed its first cohort of doctoral students this September. With this cohort, CSI officially launches its PhD program, complementing its pre-existing MA program, which has been in operation since 2007. Cinema Studies has been taught at the University of Toronto since the mid-1970s, developing from a patchwork of courses offered through language departments to a coherent academic program based at Innis College. Throughout the last few decades, Cinema  Studies experienced substantial growth in the number of its program students, who responded positively to the rigorous core  curriculum and the exciting range of courses offered. As CSI’s faculty ranks grew to keep pace with the increased enrolment, the  possibility of expanding into graduate instruction became a reality. With an MA in place, a PhD was the logical final step.

CSI’s graduate program features eight core faculty members, with approximately twenty more professors functioning as affiliated  faculty, who will offer graduate courses as electives and/or serve as doctoral supervisors. The core PhD curriculum focuses on history  and theory, in keeping with the emphasis of CSI’s undergraduate and MA programs. In particular, the PhD will address the changing  role of moving image media within global culture and engage with debates and questions brought about by new formats, changing  delivery systems, and the growing range of cultural and social uses of film and media. CSI will offer a range of guest speakers, special  events, screenings, and  colloquia to make the doctoral experience an exciting and challenging one for its students.


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