Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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    “University is an opportunity to explore topics unlike any other. While you may be most passionate about the directing side of film, taking practical film courses will grant you the opportunity to discover the brilliance of the technical aspect of filmmaking.”

    Channah Greenfield, film & theatre student

Film & Theatre at UM

As a film or theatre student at the University of Manitoba, you will learn about the creation and production of live and recorded dramatic performance. The department of English, theatre, film & media has many opportunities for you to explore, with two areas of study in the performing arts.

  1. Film studies: studies the history of film from its origin to the present. Hands-on courses cover all facets of the production process such as direction, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound and acting.
  2. Theatre: studies theoretical, critical and practical approaches in the creation and interpretation of theatre. The theatre program will provide you will an intensive, hands-on experience in every aspect of play creation.

Skills you will gain by studying FILM or THEATRE

  • A comprehensive knowledge of film or theatre production techniques
  • An understanding of the techniques and procedures of play and screenwriting
  • The ability to analyze the form and content of film or theatre productions
  • The ability to think critically and develop creative solutions to complex problems
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


Year 1 - 30 credit hours


Course requirements:
Film: FILM 1290 and 1310

Theatre: THTR 1220 (advanced must also take ENGL 1200 or 1300 or both ENGL 1400 and 1340)

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a writing tutor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Register for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the English, Film & Theatre Students Association, Arts Student Body Council and UMSU.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.


Considering international opportunities?
Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit the Media Lab, get involved with the Gimli Film FestivalWinnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival or learn about local agencies via Manitoba 211.

Year 2 - 60 credit hours


Course requirements:
Film: FILM 3420 plus additional required courses*

Theatre: THTR 2160 and 2470 plus additional required courses*

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or 4-year plan? Meet with a career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Research scholarships and awards offered by the department of English, theatre, film & media.
  3. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with organizations such as ACI Manitoba and On Screen Manitoba
  4. Attend the annual Political Studies Students’ Conference.
  5. Register for a Film Training Manitoba skill development workshop.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award and participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Gain practical experience by: Consider taking the Film Production course (FILM 3270) for the opportunity to produce a feature length film or Theatre Practicum (THTR 3630 and THTR 3640) to work with a professional mentor on theatre production.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Submit your script to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre or enter the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange to Griffith Film School in Australia, Students Without Borders internshipMy World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out one of the other local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours


Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements in your program

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.
  4. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Strategy Fund.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies or the Manitoba Arts & Cultural Management Certificate Program.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: CineplexRainbow StageRoyal Manitoba Theatre CentreUMFM and Winnipeg Film Group.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out ACI ManitobaWorkInCulture or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours


Course requirements:
Refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements in your program

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance:
Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school:
Finalize your application materials and take required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as Career Focus Crew Internship Program.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus, register for a Film Training Manitoba workshop or consider taking the Art of Managing your Career course through ACI Manitoba.

Check out new graduate programs such as the UN Young Professionals Program.

Sample Jobs

Sample jobs with an undergraduate degree and related experience

Options requiring other education


What do employers want?

Industries such as business, communications, education, media, film and theatre would value a film or theatre degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Details of that report can be found here.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Meet with a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career goals, job search, resumé/CV and interview preparation.

    Contact Career Services at or call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

    Find your advisor

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Career Compass

Use Career Compass as a guide to develop a strong connection between your studies and your occupational choices. It will provide you with suggestions for academic and career planning specific to your program.

Information for career counsellors

Department of English, theatre, film & media

625 Fletcher Argue Building
(204) 474-9678,