In Texas, there are seven public or private non-profit schools that offer film programs. Associate and bachelor's degree programs from four schools are profiled in this article. In addition to filmmaking, majors include radio, television and film, digital video and cinema production and film and media arts. Depending on the school, students may be able to gain hands-on skills in an on-campus recording studio. Below are short overviews of four film schools in Texas, along with a table that displays program features and tuition info.
Houston Community College
Located in Houston, this college offers a filmmaking program that leads to an associate degree. Students have the opportunity to study various aspects of filmmaking, including film production and direction using traditional 16mm cameras and digital media. The program also covers other major components of the filmmaking process, such as acting, writing and budgeting.
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio's Northwest Vista College has a digital video and cinema production associate degree program that prepares students for employment in the field of videography, including positions like production manager or video editor. Students work with the latest industry equipment and software, and the program incorporates hands-on training that begins in the first semester. Credits earned in this 5-semester program can be transferred toward a bachelor's program.
South Plains College
South Plains College is located in Levelland and offers a radio, television and film program that awards an Associate of Arts degree. This 4-semester program is designed for students who wish to eventually earn a bachelor's degree in a similar field. Some of the course options include TV production, newswriting and fundamentals of cinematic production. Students also receive practical instruction at the W.D. 'Dub' Rogers Television Studio.
Southern Methodist University
The Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University is located in Dallas and offers undergraduate programs in film and media arts. These programs award a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and have separate admission requirements.
The 48-major credit BFA program has selective admission and requires that applicants submit a portfolio for consideration. The 33-major credit B.A. program only requires the completion of prerequisite courses and is more flexible in nature, offering students the chance to pursue a minor or carry a double major. In addition, the BFA program requires students to complete and defend a senior thesis film project, while the B.A. program provides students the option to complete a research-based thesis.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Film Degree Program Offered||Undergraduate Program Tuition & Fees per academic year* (2015-2016)|
|Houston Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Filmmaking||$1,632 (in-district); $3,360 (in-state); $3,756 (out-of-state)*|
|Northwest Vista College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Digital Video and Cinema Production||$2,088 (in-district); $5,550 (in-state); $10,740 (out-of-state)*|
|South Plains College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Arts in Radio, Television and Film||$2,240 (in-district); $3,176 (in-state); $3,560 (out-of-state)*|
|Southern Methodist University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts
Source: *NCES College Navigator.