Cinema Production Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Core classes teach students the basics of cinema production and cover a variety of topics, such as directing, screenwriting, editing and cinematography. Cinema production programs are offered at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels.

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There are many schools that offer programs in cinema production at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. There are many job prospects that range from lower-level jobs, like grip and gaffer, to more prestigious directing and producing positions.

10 Schools with Cinema Production Programs

The following list is a sample of schools that have programs in cinema production at multiple degree levels:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's and Master's Undergraduate: $10,158 in-state; $24,548 out-of-state
Graduate: $11,304 in-state; $27,790 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state: $2,834; Out-of-state: $9,661
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state: $13,790; Out-of-state: $22,210
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state: $6,368; Out-of-state: $22,467
Houston Community College System Houston, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district: $1,632
In-state: $3,360
Out-of-state: $3,756
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's and Master's Undergraduate: $47,750
Graduate: $38,592
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's and Master's Undergraduate: $6,507 in-state; $21,673 out-of-state
Graduate: $11,543 in-state; $25,975 out-of-state
Valencia Community College Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Associate's In-state: $2,474; Out-of-state: $9,383
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state: $1,598; Out-of-state: $7,554
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's and Master's Undergraduate: $50,277
Graduate: $39,984

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for cinema production schools:

  • A prospective student should consider their career goals, since many programs offer specializations in areas such as editing, lighting and sound.
  • Would-be filmmakers need substantially more education and may benefit from the instruction received in either a bachelor's or a master's degree program.
  • Schools located in areas of the country where there is an established film production industry offer students a chance of securing a high quality internship.

Individuals interested in studying cinema production will have no problem finding schools that offer degrees at various levels. Since there are many job options in the film industry, it is important for one to consider their professional goals before choosing a program.

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