Film Schools in Massachusetts with Degree Program Descriptions

Massachusetts has twenty colleges that offer film programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for ten of the largest schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

In this state, film programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Film majors may focus on television or motion pictures, and most students also get some instruction in editing and film theory. Course requirements vary by school, but all film programs are part of bachelors or advanced degree programs, for which general education classes are compulsory. Some programs require an internship and thesis, while others only provide these as options for further study.


Boston College

Located in Chestnut Hill, this college has a minor program in film studies. Students take courses in film art and film production. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies program is also available. In this program, students learn about American film history, digital non-linear editing, photography, film criticism and film production; they can also pursue internships. A senior project is required.

  • Programs Offered:Minor in Film Studies,
    BA in Film Studies
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$43,878*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; small city

Boston University

Found in Boston, this university offers minor programs in film studies and film/television. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Film/Television program has courses in production, understanding film and storytelling for film. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film program has concentrations in film/television studies, film production and screenwriting.

  • Programs Offered:Minor in Film/Television,
    Minor in Film Studies,
    BS in Film/Television,
    MFA in Film
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$42,994*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Brandeis University

Located in Waltham, this university provides minor, BA and BS programs in film, television and interactive media. The minor program requires students to complete six courses. Major students may study American film, film production and documentary prose/film. Students who complete a senior thesis can qualify for departmental honors.

  • Programs Offered: Minor in Film, Television and Interactive Media,
    BA in Film, Television and Interactive Media,
    BS in Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$44,294*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; small city

Clark University

This university in Worcester has minor and major programs in screen studies. Minor students study digital filmmaking, foundations of screen studies and film writing. BA students may take courses in film history, international cinema, film genre and film as narration. A capstone course is required. Major students can also participate in an honors program, internships and study abroad programs.

  • Programs Offered:Minor in Screen Studies,
    BA in Screen Studies
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$38,450*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

Emerson College

Located in Boston, this college offers BA and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in media production with specializations in film, cinematography, direction, post-production, producing, documentary production and sound design. Both BA and BFA students may take courses in media arts history, foundations in visual/media arts production, feature film writing, film production and advanced cinematography. BFA students are required to complete two semesters of advanced visual/media arts workshops. BA students can participate in the workshops, but they aren't required.

  • Programs Offered:BA in Media Production,
    BFA in Media Production
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$34,198*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Fitchburg State University

The BS in Communications Media program at this Fitchburg school has a concentration in film/video production. Students study film/video, pre-production planning, film production, documentary and cinematography. The university provides film and video equipment for students.

  • Program Offered:BS in Communications Media - Film/Video Production
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $8,710 in-state, $14,790 out-of-state*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, public; midsize suburb

Harvard University

Students seeking a graduate degree in film can earn a Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Film and Visual Studies at this Cambridge university. The MA program is non-terminal and suited for students who are completing the PhD degree program, as well as for students who can't finish the PhD program. MA students must fulfill a language requirement, complete grad film coursework and participate in seminars. The research-oriented PhD program requires a qualifying paper, oral exam, written exam and a dissertation. PhD students must also teach in the third year of the program. Harvard's Department of Visual and Environmental Studies offers undergraduate programs in film/video production and film studies. Students may complete courses in film history, silent cinema or film theory.

  • Programs Offered:BA in Visual and Environmental Studies - Film Studies,
    BA in Visual and Environmental Studies - Film/Video Production,
    MA in Film and Visual Studies,
    PhD in Film and Visual Studies
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$39,966*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

Northeastern University

Located in Boston, this university offers minor programs in film production and media/screen studies. The university combines its cinema studies program with many other fields of study. The BA in Cinema Studies program can be paired with communication studies, English, journalism, languages/literatures/cultures, mathematics or philosophy. The BFA program combines cinema studies and digital art. The school also has a BA/BS in Cinema Studies and Theatre program. Students may take courses in film theory, film history, film analysis, French film, Latin American film and Japanese film.

  • Programs Offered:Minor in Film Production,
    Minor in Media/Screen Studies,
    BA in Cinema Studies,
    BFA in Cinema Studies and Digital Art,
    BA/BS in Cinema Studies and Theatre
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$40,086*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Smith College

Smith College is a Northampton-based college that provides minor and BA programs in film studies. Major students may take courses in film studies, film theory, film/art history, French cinema and German cinema. BA students can complete a thesis, but it's not required.

  • Programs Offered:Minor in Film Studies,
    BA in Film Studies
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013):$41,460*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

Suffolk University

This university, located in Boston, has BA and BS programs in communication and journalism, both of which offer a film concentration. Students learn about communication theory, media production, film language, film studies and film directors.

  • Programs Offered: BA in Communication and Journalism,
    BS in Communication and Journalism
  • Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $30,792*
  • School Type and Setting:4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Film Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Boston College 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city Minor in Film Studies,
BA in Film Studies
$43,878*
Boston University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Minor in Film/Television,
Minor in Film Studies,
BS in Film/Television,
MFA in Film
$42,994*
Brandeis University 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city Minor in Film, Television and Interactive Media,
BA in Film, Television and Interactive Media,
BS in Film, Television and Interactive Media
$44,294*
Clark University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Minor in Screen Studies,
BA in Screen Studies
$38,450*
Emerson College 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city BA in Media Production,
BFA in Media Production
$34,198*
Fitchburg State University 4-year, public; midsize suburb BS in Communications Media - Film/Video Production $8,710 in-state*
$14,790 out-of-state*
Harvard University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city BA in Visual and Environmental Studies - Film Studies,
BA in Visual and Environmental Studies - Film/Video Production,
MA in Film and Visual Studies,
PhD in Film and Visual Studies
$39,966*
Northeastern University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Minor in Film Production,
Minor in Media/Screen Studies,
BA in Cinema Studies,
BFA in Cinema Studies and Digital Art,
BA/BS in Cinema Studies and Theatre
$40,086*
Smith College 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Minor in Film Studies,
BA in Film Studies
$41,460*
Suffolk University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city BA in Communication and Journalism,
BS in Communication and Journalism
$30,792*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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