Pursue your passion in film by earning a degree in film and media production from The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. This degree was previously offered by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre before ASU established The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
You have stories to tell that will change the world. We have passionate and dedicated faculty ready to help you bring those stories to life. Learn your craft on industry standard technology, work with students equally as passionate as you are and jump start your professional film career.
By bringing their own unique stories to life, students pursuing a degree in film and media production develop a comprehensive and practical knowledge of digital media production, an awareness of the impact of media and entertainment on audiences and culture, and an understanding of the role of the artist in society.
Students in this degree plan have access to digital cameras, lighting and sound equipment, post-production software and facilities, and other resources --- including talented and dedicated peer and faculty colleagues who will give them multiple opportunities to produce projects of exceptional quality.
Students choose one of three upper-division tracks of study: directing, producing and screenwriting, and media technology including cinematography, post-production and sound. Each course of study is supported by the degree-wide emphasis on ethical filmmaking practices, innovative creative expression and preparation for a career as an industry professional.
The program is offered by The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
At A Glance
Film (Film and Media Production), BA
- Offered by: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
- Location: Tempe
- First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
- Math Intensity: General
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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
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All film students are admitted to ASU into the Bachelor of Arts in film, filmmaking practices concentration. Students who wish to pursue the highly selective, studio-based Bachelor of Arts in film with a concentration in film and media production must complete the 15-hour film core and successfully pass an interview and review of their creative work to enter the concentration. This interview and creative work review generally takes place in the third or fourth term at ASU.
The film and media production degree program provides students with the knowledge and experience to prepare them to enter careers in media and entertainment as:
- cinematographers and camera operators
- directors for motion pictures, television and documentary
- editors and post-production specialists
- producers and production executives
- screenwriters for motion pictures and television
- videographers and digital media content creators
The bachelor's degree program is an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the profession or to prepare students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$70,530|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||12.9%||$42,190|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||7%||$53,550|
|Film and Video Editors||17%||$61,180|
|Media and Communication Workers, All Other||9.9%||$47,900|
|Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio||12.2%||$71,620|
|Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes||4.7%||$64,940|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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