Film (Film and Media Production), BA

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Pursue your passion in film by earning a degree in film and media production from The New American Film School. This degree was previously offered by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre before ASU established The 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, jump start your professional career with Film Spark, and start changing the world with your unique voice.


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 the concentration 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 --- that will give them multiple opportunities to produce projects of exceptional quality.

In this degree program, students have a choice between three upper-division tracks of study: directing, producing/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 School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

At A Glance

Film (Film and Media Production), BA

Required Courses

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Admission requirements

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, film and media production concentration 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.

Career outlook

The film and media production concentration 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.

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators8.4%$70,530
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.9%$42,190
Broadcast Technicians-3.2%$39,060
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture7%$53,550
Talent Directors 12.2%$71,620
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 Athletes4.7%$64,940
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* 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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