A Career in Film

A Career in Film

Has it always been your dream to work in the film industry or produce your own movie? With a career in film, you generally have the opportunity to create visual projects in digital production, editing, sound, directing, producing for fiction, documentaries, and screenplays. You typically need solid background knowledge of cinema and media history if you want to pursue a career in film.

Careers with a film degree may offer a variety of opportunities.   Earning a film degree may provide a fairly good idea of what path in film to follow. Several of the options listed below may be directly associated with specific areas of film while others may be independent careers and still be affiliated with the film industry. Keep in mind that these careers listed may have different educational requirements. Careers may include but are not limited to:*

  • Artist
  • Producer 
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Art Gallery Director
  • Director of Fundraiser
  • Artistic Consultant
  • Broadcaster
  • Reporter
  • Film Agent
  • Photographer
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Curator
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Screen Writer
  • Director
  • Special Effects Crew
  • Editor
  • Film Critic
  • Film Maker
  • Film Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Media Consultant
  • Media Correspondent
  • Narrator
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Film Archivist
  • Playwright
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Crew Manager
  • Theatre Administrator
  • Visual Arts Consultant

Earning a degree in film will generally help you develop skills to help prepare you for several different professional challenges.

The core skills that a student may learn is gaining an artistic view of everything around you, so that you are able to capture everyday life and events artistically, along with interpreting scripted dialogues. You will also be equipped to develop the capability to work with various technologies and develop the skills to tell a story through words and images. You may also gain an understanding of cinema and media history. Students typically study theory and critique of several types of cinema. Most importantly, they may develop an ability to present their creative work in public screenings and showcases. Students typically hone their skills to enable them to work effectively in group situations and partake in decision-making. An individual studying film may gain the knowledge to present thoughts intelligently in written forms. A student will also be generally able to organize, understand, analyse sources of information, and apply new technology to different professional tasks.

Being associated with the film industry typically means one may have the capacity to lead as well as interact with others from different personal and professional backgrounds. So you can get a brief idea, here are a few examples of the average salaries earned from professionals with different positions in the film industry. The average annual salary of film directors is $92,920; $68,980 for a film editor; and $95,250 for a screenwriter.** Of course, salaries generally all depend on the popularity of projects these professionals work on. In the film industry, there are both big and small projects, so there may be several opportunities to choose from.


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