Film Studies Program

About Film Studies

What can I do with a Film Studies major?

Film Studies students learn to excel both as creators and as scholars. They learn to read analytically, think critically and creatively, and write effectively. But they also acquire the ability to direct, shoot, and edit movies. As a result, they find they have a wide range of employment options when they begin their careers. Many continue their education, pursuing either a graduate degree or advanced professional training. Others find entry-level jobs in the film and media industry, and some form their own production companies to gain experience and build connections with potential employers and collaborators. Regardless of the initial path they take, many film studies majors are able to leverage the organizational and analytical skills they have learned to establish successful careers in administration and production.

Careers and Jobs:

Film Studies graduates have the ability to pursue careers in in a wide range of professions. Common areas of employment are in arts and entertainment, broadcasting, and media and film production. For those who seek a career in the TV/motion picture and digital media industries the B.A. in Film Studies qualifies them for various jobs. These include producer, cinematographer, director, editor, actor/actress, writer, or technician for visual effects, lighting, sound or special effects. However, the value of the degree is not restricted to these fields. According to a recent article in the New York Times, with the telling title “Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?”, in our highly visual media culture “cinematic skills serve as a new form of literacy.” The piece goes on to explain how a degree in film studies has now become “the bedrock of careers as far afield as law and the military.”[1] Such employment opportunities include work in many diverse areas of business, law, education, and advertising.


[1] Van Ness, E. (2005). “Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?”  New York Times. Arts and Leisure. 6 March 2005, p. 1.