Video production schools often offer credentials at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. What degree you pursue should depend on your career goals.
10 Schools with Video Production Programs
The table below list ten schools that offer programs in video production. Use the table to find out where each school is located and what its average tuition rate was for 2015 - 2016.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's & Bachelor's||$2,834 (in-state)|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,368 (in-state)|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$1,632 (in-district), $3,360 (in-state)|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Certificate, Bachelor's, & Master's||$47,750 (undergraduate) $38,592 (graduate)|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's & Graduate Certificate||$6,507 (in-state, undergraduate), $9,684 (in-state, graduate)|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,550 (in-district), $9,210 (in-state)|
|Valencia Community College||Orlando, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,474 (in-state)|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$1,598 (in-state)|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's & Masters||$50,277 (undergraduate), $39,984 (graduate)|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate & Associate's||$2,753 (in-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for video production schools:
- Carefully evaluate the schools' facilities. Programs with access to the latest technology in film production will help students learn the skills that they need to enter into promising careers.
- Students typically consider the types of programs a school offers in video production and how it fits their career goals.
- Many schools offer specializations in the type of media a student may be working with. For example, some schools may offer a focus in digital media production while others have specializations in film or TV production.
- Students may also take into account program costs when choosing a school for video production. Public schools and community colleges may offer lower tuition rates than private institutions.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in video production introduce students to the fundamentals of film creation, covering topics from conception to production to post-production. Production-related topics include camera operation, lighting design and implementation, interviewing and audio recording. Students also gain experience with industry-standard equipment and software, and they complete general education courses. For full-time students, these programs usually take two years to complete.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in film production or filmmaking cover the theoretical and practical areas of video production through a combination of classroom-based coursework and hands-on filmmaking training. At some schools, students are required to declare a formal concentration; those interested in video production may choose to specialize in production design. These programs often culminate in a final senior project.
Master's Degree Programs
At the master's degree level, it is possible to earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master of Arts (MA) in Film Production. In these programs students develop their filmmaking skills through advanced coursework and film projects. Prior to graduation, students must submit a master's thesis, and they graduate with a portfolio of compiled work that may be presented to potential employers to demonstrate their skills. MFA programs usually take three years to complete, while MA programs may be offered in two-year or accelerated one-year formats.
Undergraduate certificate programs for aspiring video production technicians provide students with a short series of courses on basic video production techniques, including content editing, multimedia production, post production procedures, audio design, camera operation, animation and motion graphics creation. For experienced students, there are also graduate certificate programs available in specialties within the field, such as digital video production and documentary filmmaking.
Video production is a broad field that covers many areas such as television production, film production and digital media. Many schools offer programs - both undergraduate and graduate - that can train students for different jobs in the industry, depending on their career goals.