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Universities Offering a Degree in Video Production

There are a few schools that offer degree programs specifically in video production, but it is more common to find coursework in the field within broader film programs. This article provides information about formal educational opportunities in this field.

Video production and film programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Relevant degree and certificate programs are offered by colleges and universities around the country.

Schools with Video Production Programs

For students who want to study video production, the following schools may be of interest:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associates, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,750
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,507 in-state, $21,673 out-of-state
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $50,277
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $48,436
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,952 in-state, $31,598 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Master's $8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, primarily associates, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Some considerations when choosing a school for video production include:

  • Students may want to find out if the school has connections to industry organizations, such as the American Film Institute, which may lead to networking opportunities in the field.
  • Students may want to look into internship opportunities offered through the school to see if they can gain real-world experience in a setting where they might like to pursue a career.
  • It can be helpful to explore the school's studio and computer lab facilities in order to ensure that students have access to industry-standard filmmaking equipment and software applications.
  • Some programs allow students to declare a concentration. Individuals who are particularly interested in video production should try to find a school that offers a specialization in that subfield.

Certificate Programs

Some community colleges offer career-focused certificate programs for aspiring video production technicians. These programs provide basic education in graphics and audio editing, sound design, camera operation, titling, animation and post-production techniques. Graduates are prepared for work as technicians on video production projects or as multimedia artists or animators.

Associate's Degree Programs

In associate's degree programs in video production, students are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of the field through a combination of classroom coursework and hands-on training. Programs cover every stage of video production, from story conception to scheduling and budgeting to filming to post-production. These programs also include general education and take two years of full-time study to complete.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

In Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film Production or Filmmaking, students gain a comprehensive overview of the field through lecture-based courses in topics like cinematography, film history and script writing, as well as workshops in production techniques. Students may be required to choose an area of specialization; students interested in video production may be able to focus specifically on production design. Prior to graduation, students may be required to submit a senior project.

Master's Degree Programs

Three-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and two-year Master of Arts (MA) programs give experienced filmmakers the opportunity to hone their skill in video production. These programs include extensive hands-on filmmaking training that culminates in a final thesis project. Students typically work closely with both faculty members and fellow students, which can help prepare them for jobs on video production crews in the future.

Film and video production degree and certificate programs can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and they may allow students to pursue specific specialization options and career training opportunities.


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