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Film Production Degree Programs

Degrees in film production are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level. They teach you how to operate equipment, write a script, edit and produce. Read more about the various programs, online study options, common course topics and career prospects.

What Film Production Degree Programs Are Available?

As a budding or experienced film professional, you could pursue an Associate of/in Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Applied Science. A Master of Fine Arts is also an option for continued study. Common majors at these levels include film production, film and media production, film studies and cinema studies. Due to the technicality of this career and needing equipment, technology, editing programs and crew available for filmmaking, online film production programs aren't available.

Programs Available Associate's, bachelor's, master's
Online Options No
Common Courses Film production, script-writing, film direction, post-production
Career Opportunities Editor, camera operator, film producer, film director

What Could I Learn?

Associate's and bachelor's degree programs focus on developing the aspects of filmmaking with the goal of making your first production, while graduate programs concentrate on making several films. The goal is to fine-tune your understanding of how each individual facet should correctly work together.

Beginning most programs, you'll likely learn about the history of film, film production and film technology. By the end of your program, you'll have learned how to write scripts, set up lighting and cables, record audio on-site and with automatic dialogue replacement, film fiction and documentary styles, operate camera equipment and direct.

You may take courses in film genres, film aesthetics, ethics, theory, non-linear editing, post-production, cinematography and scene design. Post-production courses usually center on using editing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, ProTools, Final Cut Pro or Avid. You may also take courses focusing on foreign film studies and specific directors. A master's program could provide extended courses in screenwriting, production design and cinematography.

What Careers Are Available?

A film production degree can provide the necessary education for a career as an assistant film editor, news video editor, editor, camera operator, non-linear editor, producer or director. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a 14% increase in television, video and motion picture camera operator jobs is expected between 2019 and 2029 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also expects a 10% increase in director and producer positions between 2019 and 2029. As of May 2020, the BLS estimated that film and video editors earned a median salary of $67,250. For camera operators, a median salary of $57,200 was estimated, while $76,400 was the projected median wage for producers and directors.