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Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies is the study of moving images and screen cultures which centers on film, film experience, and phenomena surrounding films. Historically, it ranges from image cultures before film to the screens and digital platforms of today.

Subject description

The field is broad and can be found at institutions around the world and is sometimes called Film Studies, Television Studies, Media Studies, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, Film and Media History, and Moving Image Studies.

The objects of study can be specific films, production cultures, genre, auteurs, intermedia and trans-media relations, archives, circulation and distribution, reception (audience, critique), film culture, media industries, institutional frameworks (legal, political, economic), technological arrangements or streaming platforms.

Approaches and perspectives applied can be genre or narrative analysis, aesthetics, auteur criticism, reception studies, critique of filmic representations, post-colonial or gender perspectives, celebrity culture, or perspectives from political economy and cultural studies.

The field is informed by literature, history, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and economics. Cinema Studies at Stockholm University is focused on historical perspectives and key media moments of transformation, Ingmar Bergman, as well as contemporary film and mediascapes.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

The bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies is only offered in Swedish.

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A master’s degree in Cinema Studies can only be obtained through enrolment in one of the master’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

More information about degrees at Stockholm University