Call for Applications: Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies at Queen’s University

Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University are accepting applications for an MA and PhD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies.


Application deadline: 31 January 2022
Start an application: School of Graduate Studies website.

Launched in the Fall of 2019, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies is a collaboration between Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Department of Film and Media and offers a unique opportunity for a funded one-year MA and a four-year PhD. The program’s three strongly interconnected areas of focus—studies, production and curatorial practice—are designed to stimulate inventive dialogue in ways that ensure their respective influence, and in ways that open exciting points of access to multiple disciplinary formations. This collaborative tripartite structure is not offered in any other film, media, cinema, art or communication MA or PhD program in Ontario.

Housed in the state-of-the-art Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the MA and PhD in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies are unique because of their linkage to adjacent disciplines: film and media studies and, more generally, the study of screen cultures, critical theory, film and media production, and curatorial studies and practice. These multidisciplinary programs provide students with a wide range of educational and professional opportunities, including academia, arts management, programming, media production (from mainstream media to artistic and activist production), and curating.


Faculty and Adjuncts in the program straddle scholarly, programming, curatorial, archiving and creative practices. A rich program of visiting scholars, filmmakers, artists, and curators—in the core professional development and elective courses—provide opportunities for practice-based learning, allowing students to integrate new knowledge gained from other graduate-level coursework and to implement newly acquired skills in and beyond the gallery, festival and museum. A focused yearly Summer Institute brings together renowned scholars and practitioners, as well as Graduate students from other universities for intensive and focused study program.

Exhibition is available to students at the Art & Media Lab in The Isabel Bader Centre, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Union Gallery (on an application basis), and/or online, to accommodate curatorial projects. The Vulnerable Media Lab offers opportunities for restoration, remediation and curation of media collections. The program offers seed funding for MA and PhD screen cultures curatorial projects (up to $350.00 per student). PhD students can also apply to the Dean’s project fund for up to $3000.

Research Areas

  • Film, Media and Screen Cultures
  • Experimental Media
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Moving Image Production (Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Open Media, Digital Media)
  • Film, Media and Performance Studies
  • Historical and Contemporary Film and Media
  • Archives, Curation, and Remediation
  • National and Transnational Cinemas, Cultural Institutions and Curatorial Events
  • Feminist, Critical Race, Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ Screen Cultures
  • Environmental Film and Media

Visit the SCCS website.
Any questions? contact Stephanie Wilson, Graduate Assistant, or Gary Kibbins, Graduate Chair.



14–19 August 2022

This coming August, Agnes hosts Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies’ annual Summer Institute. Less a theme than a catalyst for collectively reckoning with everything from the legacies of display and collecting to traditional museum practices and spaces, The Curatorial here plays a role in reflexively engaging with Agnes’s own institutional history.

It is an auspicious moment. While “unpacking” the curatorial, during this summer institute we also begin to pack the 17,000-object collection at Agnes in anticipation of Agnes Reimagined, a future-oriented building for the museological practices to come. As we pack, we reflect with you on legacies of collecting—of holding but also homing—at a cultural institution.

Working with an expanded view of the curatorial—from making collections to simply making connections—we invite artists, cultural workers, students and community members to join in this week-long event, through discussions, performances, exhibitions and workshops.

We wonder: What is a future-forward collection and collecting home? And what role can the curatorial play in enacting cultural change, both inside and outside the museum context?

Mark your calendars; stay tuned for details; look out for our open call and please join us!


Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and preserving works of art and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies.

Agnes is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
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Agnes is an accessible venue, details can be found here.

AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.

1) Installation view of With Opened Mouths on view at Agnes through 30 January 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland
2) A Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies seminar at Agnes. Photo: Tim Forbes
3) Installation views of Spirit Banter: Ezi Odozor and Lii Zoot Tayr (Other Worlds) on view at Agnes through 30 January 2022. Photos: Paul Litherland