Both undergraduate and graduate programs in film production prepare students for careers in the highly competitive film industry. Graduate programs require students to choose a concentration in an area such as producing, directing or cinematography, while undergraduate programs generally provide students with a broader overview of the field.
Schools for Film Production
Students can choose from a number of reputable programs that provide a solid foundation in film production skills.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016, Undergraduate in-state & out-of-state|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,368; $22,467|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,507; $21,673|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor||$47,750|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$15,188; $25,494|
|Ohio University||Athens, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$11,548; $20,512|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,952; $31,958|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor||$8,104; $27,890|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$48,791|
|American University||Washington, District of Columbia||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$43,103|
*Sources: NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
There are several considerations for students to keep in mind when choosing a school for film production.
- Find out what facilities a school has available to its students so that they can gain practical experience.
- Determine whether a school pays for student productions or whether that would be an additional cost to students.
- Programs near Los Angeles and New York City afford better access to industry connections and events and potential internships.
- Look into if the school allows students to pursue niche interests in areas like digital media or screenwriting.
Associate of Arts
A 2-year program, an associate's degree in film production includes fewer opportunities for applied practice than longer degree programs. However, most students still complete projects and produce their own short films.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
A film production bachelor's degree program typically takes four years to complete and includes both theoretical and applied studies. Over the course of the program, students work in teams to create several short films. They typically take on different roles in each project in order to experience the many different aspects of production.
Master of Fine Arts
A master's degree in film production is typically considered a terminal degree. Programs focus on the process of producing a film and include many opportunities for professional training. Some schools combine the film production program with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in order to prepare students for the business aspects of film production.
Both undergraduate and graduate programs in film production are available, with many of these programs offering vital hands-on experience. When considering which program to attend, students may want to consider their future career goals, location of the program and the degree levels available.