Dallas Schools with Film Programs
Several schools in the Dallas area offer film degrees, and this article looks at two schools within 45 minutes of downtown Dallas and the programs they have available. It also includes a table of facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate. This could be useful to prospective students.
- Southern Methodist University, just six miles from the heart of downtown Dallas, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in film and media arts.
- A film, television and digital media bachelor's degree can be pursued at Texas Christian University. This school is roughly 35 miles outside of Dallas' downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are looking for a school need to consider many factors. This table provides important information, allowing students to compare these three institutions and figure out which is best for them.
|Southern Methodist University||Texas Christian University|
|School Type||University; private, not-for-profit||University; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||11,789||10,489|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$52,498||$44,760|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||79%||80%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||49%||41%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||91% for full-time students||91% for full-time students|
|Graduation Rate (students beginning in 2011)*||81%||83%|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Southern Methodist University
Students can participate in this school's summer film production to hone their skills and work experience.
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts
For this program option, 33 credit hours are dedicated to the major requirements. Students who are looking to get involved with a media profession after school are advised to complete this program. The program is designed to allow students to devote study to another major as well. This allows students to double major or to pursue several minors. This program's curriculum focuses on topics like directing, editing, shooting and writing film.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts
Students who're looking to try and develop their creative abilities as film and media arts majors are encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. A total of 51-52 credit hours make up the focus of the major itself. Along with coursework similar to the Bachelor of Arts program, students can expect to learn about criticism and historical aspects of film. At the end of the program, students present a thesis film project that is the accumulation of a yearlong work effort.
Master of Arts in Film and Media Arts
For those who complete their bachelor's and decide to stay on for another year, they could earn their master's degree in film and media arts. Those who earn a bachelor's degree from another institute can also apply. Studies will look at contemporary media studies, popular film, contemporary media culture and popular media. This program is 30 credits long.
Texas Christian University
In addition to the traditional film program presented below, students also have the option to pursue a sports broadcasting major at this school.
Bachelor's Degree in Film, Television and Digital Media
The core requirements for this program consist of the following three courses: introduction to film and television aesthetics, history of broadcasting and history of film. From there, students take several classes in critical studies, industry and production. Courses available in this program that are related to film studies include women in television, media decades, media authorship, world cinema, film theory and criticism and British cinema.