Film (Filmmaking Practices), BA

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Pursue your passion in film by earning a degree in filmmaking practices 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.

Now more than ever, entertainment industries require thoughtful and hardworking professionals who understand the importance of collaborative and ethical filmmaking practices and embrace innovative storytelling as a key cultural form. Join us and find your way to make an impact, on screen and off.

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Students who pursue the BA in film with a concentration in filmmaking practices receive grounding in fundamental production skills; entertainment and media ethics; feature, short and episodic screenwriting; and general film and media industry history and practices.

Students have the option of two tracks of study in the upper division: screenwriting or preprofessional. Students who choose the screenwriting track are required to take multiple writing courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. Students in the preprofessional track chose from among a series of course options in each of these areas: writing, producing, and film and media technology.

Production experience is regularly available through select lower-division courses that provide creative coursework options, the upper-division course FMP 300, and credited opportunities to work on projects produced by students, faculty and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. All students complete a year-long senior project, initiated and developed by the students and supported with dedicated faculty mentorship, and are supported in their professional goals through the innovative Film Spark program in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Los Angeles location for the BA in film with a concentration in filmmaking practices will accept transfer students with an associate degree in film or media production from select California community colleges for the fall 2022 term.

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Film (Filmmaking Practices), BA

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The filmmaking practices concentration provides preprofessional students with the knowledge and experience that prepare them for entry-level positions in media and entertainment production; producing; public relations, marketing and management; or to enter advanced graduate-level education. Screenwriting allows students to develop a diverse and unique writing portfolio and an understanding of the creative and professional skills required to establish and maintain a successful career as a writer.

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
Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Audio and Video Technicians 12.3%$47,920
Camera Operators, Television, Video and Film 14%$57,200
Talent Directors 10%$76,400
Producers and Directors 10%$76,400
Media and Communication Workers, All Other 8.1%$49,730
Public Relations Specialists 7.2%$62,810
Media Technical Directors/Managers 10%$76,400

* 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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