Top Film School in Phoenix for Becoming a Movie Producer

Phoenix has few schools with programs in film production. Find the best program for you by reading about one local school's rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Although movie producing programs are generally rare, students who want to work in the movie industry may consider earning a degree in film or film production. The following school is our top pick for film-related training in the Phoenix area due to rankings, available facilities and number of applicable programs:

  • Winner: Arizona State University's School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Tempe, Arizona, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Film with concentrations in either film and media production or filmmaking practices.

School Info Chart

Category Arizona State University
Rankings #129 in National Universities (2015); #63 in Top Public Schools (2015); #2 in Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*
Location Tempe, AZ
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) Undergraduate: $9,811 (in-state); $23,312 (out-of-state)*
Film Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Film Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 152**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 59%**
Noteworthy ASU has a partnership with Universal Studios for semester-long internships***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Arizona State University

Arizona State University

  • The School of Film, Dance and Theatre hosts three film studios and post-production facilities featuring digital editing stations
  • Student interns have worked on films and television shows such as Prison Break and The Kingdom
  • Every spring, the school hosts an annual film festival showcasing student work

With a student population topping 76,000 individuals annually, Arizona State University is not only the largest institution of higher learning in Arizona, it is also the largest public university in the nation. The film and media production program encourages students to express their artistic creativity while at the same time providing them with a sound background in practical movie production techniques. Specific core courses cover topics such as directing for film, film production, business ethics in entertainment, post-production processes, screenwriting, independent film, film history and dramatic analysis.

Much like the film and media production concentration, the filmmaking practices concentration offers courses that focus on specific film production practices. However, students in the concentration are also expected to gain the skills and education necessary to navigate the entertainment business and produce an independent film. Core courses revolve around the creative practices of film, the history of film, the theories of dramatic analysis and the basics of screenwriting. Students must also complete a practical component consisting of either an internship or time spent with a film production crew.


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