Careers by Major - Cinema Studies



This program is offered through the Department of Visual Studies

Each Careers by Major page provides lots of ideas on various career areas, as well as how to gain related skills and experience. Useful resources and job samples are also provided.

Table of Contents 

1. Sample Occupations and Jobs
         1a. Sample Occupations
         1b. Sample Job Listings
         1c. Sample Areas of Employment
2. Program-Related Skills
3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
4. Get Experience
         4a. On-Campus
         4b. Off-Campus
5. Useful Resources & Next Steps 


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1. Sample Occupations and Jobs 

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Below is a sample of the many types of occupations and jobs pursued by graduates of this program.

1a. Sample Occupations


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Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Detailed career profiles are available in the Career Centre. Some occupations require further education and experience.

  • Film Editor
  • Historian
  • Director of Photography/ Cinematographer
  • Casting Director
  • Art Director
  • Critic
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Set Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Programmer
  • Museum Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Consultant
  • Agent
  • Journalist
  • Sales Agent
  • Antique Dealer
  • Appraiser
  • Translator
  • Concept Artist
  • Specialist Researcher
  • Draughtsman
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Script Supervisor
  • Actor
  • Camera Operator
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Writer
  • Computer Animator
  • Production Designer
  • Editor
  • Acting Instructor
  • Lighting Technician
  • Producer
  • Interior Designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Distributor
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Stage Manager
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Television and Radio Reporter
  • Activist
  • Location Manager
  • Media Buyer
  • Technical Writer
  • Publicist
  • Publisher
  • Art Administrator
  • Production Accountant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Conservator
  • Demographer
  • Illustrator
  • Announcer
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Librarian
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Drapemaster
  • Marketing and Publicity Manager
  • Social Media Influencer

1b. Sample Job Listings


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Below is a sample of delisted positions that have been posted on UofT's Career Learning Network (CLN). To access current listings, login to CLN and click on Jobs

  • Library Clerk, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Agency Assistant, Vanguarde Artists Management
  • Rendering Production Assistant, Dayluxe Gallery Inc.
  • Art Sales & Marketing Representative, Sullivan Entertainment
  • Technical Director, DHX Media
  • Assistant Art Director, Arbitrage Magazine
  • Technician – Textiles & Costume, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Film Festival Planning Committee, Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
  • Volunteer Docent/Museum Teacher, Bata Shoe Museum
  • Promotions and Advertising Coordinator, The Medium, UTM
  • Digital Imaging Assistant, Institute of Communication & Culture, UTM
  • Audio-Visual Technician, Hart House, U of T
  • Production Assistant, Art of the Danforth
  • Systems Administrator, Re:Sound
  • Staff Writer, Longtail Studios

1c. Sample Areas of Employment

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  • Movie, video, television, and theatre production companies
  • Film studios and TV/radio stations
  • Theatre, opera, dance companies
  • Museums/ art galleries
  • Advertising agencies
  • Heritage/ cultural organizations
  • Conservation institutes
  • Newspaper and magazine companies
  • Exhibit design companies
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Archive companies
  • Publishing houses
  • Educational institutions
  • Multimedia firms/design companies
  • Photo agencies/ studios
  • Casting agencies
  • Libraries
  • Model making companies
  • Festival associations
  • Consulting firms
  • Government and legal agencies
  • Self-employed/ freelance



2. Program-Related Skills 


Academic courses in this program provide opportunities to develop the following types of skills. Make a career counselling or an employment strategy appointment to discuss how you can demonstrate these skills to employers.

  • Communication and teamwork: effectively present ideas and theory to various audiences; and work well with others.
  • Technical: knowledge of distinct types of film, fillm genres, media cultures, and new media forms; understand issues associated with the production, dissemination, and consumption of film; and knowledge of film history.
  • Research and analytical: conduct research on how race, class, and gender operate in moving image culture and interpret findings; understand creative processes; and critically examine a range of film from different time periods.


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3. Explore Careers & Build Networks 

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Career Exploration 101

Take our 15 minute online module. Gain access to UTM's career exploration programs:

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way to connect with professionals in a career area of interest and gain valuable insights about a particular career, company, or industry that would otherwise be difficult to find in books or online. Check out our tip sheet to learn more.

Alumni Profiles

Check out our Alumni Profiles page with submissions from UTM grads to find out how their experiences have affected their career direction.


Attending career panels, networking events, employer info sessions, and career fairs is a great way to meet professionals and learn more about careers, companies, and industries. Login to CLN and click on Events & Workshops to see what's coming up.

Talk to Professors

Connecting with your professors can be a great way to explore the different paths a major can lead you to, as well as learn about possible opportunities for research, volunteering, or becoming a TA. Drop by during their office hours or request an appointment.

Student Organizations

Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Student Organization Portal. Some organizations you may consider:

  • Department of Visual Studies Student Society
  • English & Drama Students Society


Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals in various fields, explore the career paths of UTM alumni, research employers, apply for specific positions, and more. Need help? Come to the Career Centre to book a LinkedIn profile critique.

Professional Associations

There are many benefits of becoming a member of association(s), such as developing a network of contacts, learning about industry trends, accessing industry-related job postings, and stating your affiliation on your resume. Some associations related to this major are:


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4. Get Experience 

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Get some experience and exposure to the industry while being a student. This will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation, while helping you decide what area might be most suitable for you.

4a. On-Campus


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On-Campus Opportunities Booklet

Check out the On-Campus Opportunities booklet to view a list of some of the ways you can get valuable experience on campus.

Work Study Positions

The work study program provides eligible students with an opportunity to work on campus during the academic year and gain experience. Many departments use this program to hire UTM students during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.

Part Time and Volunteer Positions

  • Attend the annual Get Hired Fair 
  • Check out our binder with detailed information on volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
  • Learn about the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which can help you find opportunities beyond the classroom and have your skills and experiences captured on an official document

Student Organizations

Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Student Organization Portal.

4b. Off-Campus


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Internships, Summer, Part Time and Volunteer Positions 

Full Time Positions

  • Networking is an essential element of job search today, as most jobs are not advertised. While you should still apply for positions you find online, building relationships with professionals is a proven way to access the "hidden job market" with some of the most desirable opportunities. Attend the "Learn to Network" workshop to discover proven techniques to effectively introduce yourself and make contacts.
  • Login to CLN and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to graduating students and recent UofT grads. Note: You must attend the "Now That I'm Graduating, What's Next?" workshop to gain access to these postings.
  • Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
  • Check out our list of industry-specific job boards


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5. Useful Resources & Next Steps 

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Career Resource Library

The Career Resource Library contains information about a wide range of occupations in all industries, resume and cover letter resources, effective work search methods, graduate/professional school preparation guides, and more.


Career Planning by Year

Visit our Career Planning by Year page for ideas of important career related activities for each year. You can visit us in the Career Centre to find out more about career areas that interest you.

Additional Web Resources


Updated August 2023