Film Studies - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Film Studies.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Skills in interpreting a variety of literary and cultural works, including fiction, film, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and visual media
  • An understanding of historical, political, cultural, and discursive frameworks determining film composition
  • Awareness of the appropriate use and understanding of language to communicate ideas/information
  • The ability to closely analyze both the language and the form of complex texts and images
  • The ability to engage strategically with a variety of theories of writing, reading, and representation
  • Knowledge of how language/literature shapes and reflects different cultures, societies and time periods
  • The ability to comprehend information in the context of presentation, audience, time, place and purpose
  • An understanding of social, cultural, political and historical perspectives of film and literature
  • The ability to express clear critical arguments, both in scholarly writing and in oral communication
  • The ability to conduct independent research, including evaluating print, audio-visual, and virtual resources
  • The insight to recognize the above-mentioned skills as they contribute toward one’s personal growth, to interdisciplinary thinking, and to future successful career management

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Antique Store Owner
Cinema Manager
Circulation Assistant
Communications Officer
Court Reporter/Writer
Dialogue Editor
Editor/Editorial Assistant
Film Archivist Agent
Film Critic
Film Journalist
Grant Writer/Administrator
Information Assistant
Literacy Program Co-ordinator
Manuscript Reader
Marketing/Promotions Manager
Professional Tutor
Program/Group Facilitator
Project Co-ordinator
Publishing Representative
Research Analyst/Assistant
Research Assistant
Runner, Broadcasting/Film
Scene Designer
Script Supervisor
Speech Writer
Technical Writer
Trade Show Supervisor

If you are interested in combining your historical and theoretical background in Film Studies with further studies in the area of Film Production, you may wish to explore the following careers:

Documentary Filmmaker
Entertainment Agent
Lighting Designer
Location Scout/Manager
Multimedia Designer
Negative Cutter
Production Co-Ordinator
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Stunt Performer
Theatre Director
Video Producer
Web Developer

If you are interested in exploring a career which combines your Film Studies major with another area of study, you may wish to explore the following job areas/careers in Education, Business or Government:

Academic Advisor
Advertising Sales
Alumni Relations Officer
Art Conservator
Art/Literary Critic
College Instructor
Community Affairs Co-ordinator
Corporate Communications
Corporate Trainer
Costume Designer
Creative Director
Desktop Publisher
Educational Affairs Supervisor
Elementary/High School
ESL Instructor
Festival Director
Film Teacher
Graphic Artist/Designer
Human Resources
Insurance Agent
Insurance Underwriter
International Student Advisor
Job Analyst
Literary Agent
Market Research Analyst
Mortgage/Loans Officer
Performing Arts Instructor
Performing Arts Publicist
Press Agent
Production Manager
Programmer/Web Developer
Properties Manager
Public Administrator
Public Affairs/Information Officer
Public Educator
Quality Assurance Technician
Research Director
Studio Teacher
University Professor

Potential Employers

Advertising Agencies
Banks/Financial Businesses
Business & Professional
Documentation Companies
Educational Institutions
Law Firms
Media Organizations
Medical Institutions
Non-Profit Organizations
Pharmaceutical Companies
Political Parties
Private Consulting Firms
Public Relations Firms
Public Service Agencies
Publishing Companies
Research/Marketing Firms
Telecommunications Firms


Theatre Ontario
Work in Culture
National Film Board of Canada
Telefilm Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Magazines Canada
Gaulin Media (media/communications)
Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network
Centre for International Governance Innovation
The Canadian Public Relations Society
The Canadian Association of Journalists
International Association of Business Communicators and
Society for Technical Communication
Association of Canadian Publishers
The Professional Writers Association of Canada
Canadian Library Association
Association of Canadian Archivists
Arts Alive
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Canadian Radio-TV and Telecommunications Commission
Cultural Human Resources Council

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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