Film Schools in Houston, Texas with Degree Program Information

Sep 10, 2018

There are a few schools within 50 miles of Houston that have film programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission information at three schools that are within 10 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Houston Schools with Film Programs

This article looks at three schools, all less than 15 minutes from downtown Houston that offer film studies through several types of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The article contains information about the programs as well as facts about the schools, compiled into a table. This table, which includes figures on enrollment, tuition and the graduation rates, can help aspiring film students with their school choice. There is also some information on a couple of other area schools that offer film studies.

  • Just two miles from downtown, Houston Community College offers an associate's degree in film, video and special effects.
  • Texas Southern University is almost five miles from downtown Houston and has a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film and a master's degree in communications with a concentration in professional communication and digital media.
  • Also about five miles away, Rice University offers a film major as part of its bachelor's degree program in dramatic and visual arts.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding which school is their best option need lots of information. This table showcases vital statistics about these three schools and can help in the decision-making process.

Houston Community College Texas Southern University Rice University
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 10,237* 7,022*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 for in-district; $3,360 for in-state; $3,756 for out-of-state* $9,173 for in-state; $21,623 for out-of-state* $45,608*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 62%* 94%* 69%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 67%* 16%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017) 65%* 57%* 97%*
Graduation Rate 18% (students began in 2014)* 23% (students began in 2011)* 91% (students began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

At this school, in addition to the associate's degree program, there are several certificate options that cover coursework similar to the film, video and special effects major.

Associate of Applied Science in Film/Video Production and Special Effects

Coursework that is related to film at this school covers topics like audio production, studio production, a survey of electronic media, videotape editing, non-linear video editing, advanced digital video and writing for electronic media. As part of this program, students can participate in an internship. Students have access to several laboratories and television studios as a part of this program.

Texas Southern University

A student club for radio, TV and film majors is available for students to participate in.

Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film

Minor and non-minor options are available in this 121-credit bachelor's degree program in radio, television and film. The course listing for this program includes several introductions to topics like media performance, media production and media studies. There are also classes on writing for electronic media and film, media criticism and analysis, issues in telecommunications, studies in film history and new communications technologies.

Master of Arts in Communications - Professional Communication and Digital Media

Out of the 36 required semester credit hours for this program, students have to spend 10 credits in foundation classes. The rest of the program is spent satisfying the required and elective courses. A master's project in a chosen form of media will be designed and developed for degree completion.

Rice University

Several film societies are located on campus, which encourages student participation.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Visual and Dramatic Arts and a Major Concentration in Film and Photography

Students work with faculty members in this program to ensure that the student's selection of courses help meet his or her academic and career goals. If students are pursuing a single major, 11-13 classes are necessary for areas like documentary production, filmmaking, film studio and the history and aesthetics of film. There is also an introduction class on editing and filmmaking. Additional coursework in this program covers film authorship, global cinema and westerns. If students want a double major, then only ten classes are necessary for this major.

Other School Options

University of Houston is 4.1 miles away from the downtown area and has a minor in film studies available. A video and film production associate's degree can be pursued at San Jacinto Community College, which is 23.8 miles from downtown Houston.

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