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Getting a Degree in Film for Military & Veterans

Picture This! Earning a Degree in Film

A Degree in Film offers students both academic opportunities and artistic experiences for a great career.

What can you do with a Film Degree?

A Degree in Film (sometimes also listed as a Degree in Cinema) offers students a solid foundation in all aspects of film creation and production. This includes opportunities to engage both traditional and digital filmmaking while cultivating their own craft as a visual storyteller. Students also take film courses in cultural, historical, and critical studies.

Getting a Degree in Film

A Degree in Film can lead to employment in a variety of different occupations including:

  • Filmmaker
  • Videographer
  • TV/Film director
  • Advertising Producer
  • Technical Director
  • Effects Animator
  • Audio Specialist
  • News reporter
  • Journalist
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Film Distribution

Is a Film Degree hard?

No, a Degree in Film is not difficult! A Degree in Film can fun and exciting as students explore all the aspect of visual storytelling. It also offers students a solid educational foundation should they choose to seek an advanced degree or a career unrelated to a Degree in Film.

Getting a Degree in Film

Bachelor’s in Film

A Bachelor’s Degree in Film will take about four years to complete.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Film a student can “hit the ground running” as they enter the career field they have prepared for. For those already working in the film industry, a Degree in Film will help advance one’s career affording them greater earning power. It can also be a step towards a master’s degree, or even doctorate!

Jobs with Bachelor’s in Film

  • Reporter – Investigate and inform the public about news and events. Median annual salary: $46,000.
  • Public Relations Specialist – Develop and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. Median annual salary: $61,000.
  • Film Editor – Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images. Median annual salary: $76,000.
  • Director – Makes business and creative decisions about film, television, stage, and other productions. Median annual salary: $79,000.

Master’s Degree in Film

With a Master’s Degree in Film, a student is well on their way to becoming an expert in this field of study. Along with the opportunities to perfect one’s own visual storytelling, a Master’s degree grows students educational foundation including skills in research and other forms of communication (speaking and written). Master’s degrees earn a significant pay bump from a bachelor’s degree and open up opportunities for leadership and supervisory positions.

Jobs With Master’s in Film

  • Author – Develop written content for various types of media. Median annual salary: $70,000.
  • Producer – Make business and creative decisions about film, television, stage, and other productions. Median annual salary: $79,000.
  • Art Director – Responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. Median annual salary: $101,000.
  • Public Relations Manager – Direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Median annual salary: $120,000.

Is a Film Degree worth it?

Yes, a Degree in Film is worth it! A successful education in Film will instill students not only with the skills to be a fantastic participant in the film industry but also provide students with an educational foundation for any career they choose.

GI Bill-approved Schools Offering a Film Degree

Ready to earn your Degree in Film?  Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Emerson College

Offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. Emerson participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Biola University

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Arts. Biola also offers a campus based BA in Communication Studies. Biola University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

University of Southern Maine

Offers Cinema Studies as a minor for its undergraduate degrees. University of Southern Maine participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Loyola University Chicago

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media. Loyola offers several concentration as well for this degree. Loyola University Chicago is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Quinnipiac University

Offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Television and Media Arts. Quinnipiac is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Evangel University

Offers Film and Broadcasting as a major for its undergraduate degrees. Evangel participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Film. UNLV is a Yellow Ribbon school.

Fully Online Film Degrees

University of Arizona

Offers a fully online Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television. A Degree in Film and Television is also offered as a campus-based program as a Bachelor of Arts and as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  University of Arizona is a GI Bill® approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. University of Arizona is a Yellow Ribbon school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

*All average annual salaries adapted and calculated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.