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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Film Studies Skills & Knowledge

Film Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Analyze and interpret films through the lens of screen-media history, theory, techniques and styles
  • Recognize and interpret multiple film conventions, techniques, genres and styles
  • Articulate similarities and differences across a wide range of national and transnational moving-image practices and traditions
  • Explain how cinematic techniques create meaning and emotion
  • Critically assess and interpret films and other moving-image texts from theoretical, philosophical, psychological, and historiographic angles
  • Evaluate claims made by critics, historians and theorists of the moving image
  • Construct  and communicate arguments verbally and in written form using Film Studies concepts
  • Apply knowledge, critical thinking and research skills acquired through Film Studies courses in occupational settings

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Film Studies website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Film Studies

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • Executive Director of Toronto International Film Festival
  • Senior Curator of Film at MoMA
  • Artistic Director of Ottawa Animation Festival
  • Audio-Video Production Media Specialist in Film Industry
  • Independent Film Maker in Film Industry
  • Animation Studio Coordinator in Film and Digital Media
  • Production Assistant in Television
  • Closed Captioner in Television
  • Product Designer in IT
  • Marketing Coordinator in Software Development
  • NFB Producer
  • Critic in Film and Media
  • Arts Administrator
  • Corporate Services Coordinator in Banking
  • Implementation Lead in Banking
  • Learning Systems Management in Post-Secondary
  • Communications Coordinator in Non-Profit
  • Public Affairs Officer in a Non-Profit

  • Filmmaking
  • Media Production
  • Research
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting
  • Communications
  • Social Media
  • Human Resources
  • Event Management

  • Film Critic
  • Studio Merchandiser
  • Film Archivist
  • Film Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Acting
  • Video Game Designer
  • Teaching
  • Technical Writer
  • Copy-editor
  • Media Relations Consultant
  • Communication Officer
  • Marketing Manger
  • Research Assistant
  • Production Specialist
  • Film Studio Coordinator
  • Associate Producer
  • Creative Director
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Business Development Consultant
  • VFX Producer

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network