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Bachelor’s Degrees in Film, Video & Photographic Arts

11,308 Yearly Graduations
$22,250 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in film is offered at 389 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 34% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 7.6% of film graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Film Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11,308 students earned their bachelor's degree in film. This earns it the #46 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in film at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 11,308
Master’s Degree 1,963
Associate’s Degree 1,552
Basic Certificate 1,064
Undergraduate Certificate 766
Graduate Certificate 56
Doctor’s Degree 47

Earnings of Film Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in film is $22,250. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,500 to a high of $25,050.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in film is $25,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,750.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $259.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in film. About 53.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 6,023
Women 5,285
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Film

The racial-ethnic distribution of film bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 648
Black or African American 882
Hispanic or Latino 1,721
White 6,196
International Students 855
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,006
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Film Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 389 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in film. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
460 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for film students seekinga bachelor's degree is Emerson College. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 460 people received their bachelor's degree in film from Emerson. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#2

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
420 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Full Sail University. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

The film program at Full Sail University awarded 420 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

#3

New York University

New York, New York
410 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The film program at New York University awarded 410 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 55% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
331 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College Chicago comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Each year, around 6,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,610 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $1,174 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 331 bachelor's degrees were handed out to film majors at Columbia. Of these students, 43% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
241 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

The film program at University of Southern California awarded 241 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#6

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
201 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco State University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Each year, around 29,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 201 people received their bachelor's degree in film from SFSU. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

199 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Savannah College of Art and Design comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,475 per year.

The film program at Savannah College of Art and Design awarded 199 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#8

Chapman University

Orange, California
191 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chapman University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,957 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 191 people received their bachelor's degree in film from Chapman. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#9

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
189 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Roughly 35,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 people received their bachelor's degree in film from Georgia State. About 50% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
170 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 170 people received their bachelor's degree in film from DePaul. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 41% were women.

#11

Los Angeles Film School

Hollywood, California
165 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles Film School comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Each year, around 5,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 165 people received their bachelor's degree in film from LA Film School. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#12

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
164 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Temple University. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 164 bachelor's degrees were handed out to film majors at Temple. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#13

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
163 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Riverside comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in film. Each year, around 25,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 163 people received their bachelor's degree in film from UCR. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#14

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
162 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Each year, around 38,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 162 people received their bachelor's degree in film from CSULB. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

155 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Roughly 53,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 155 people received their bachelor's degree in film from ASU - Tempe. About 46% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
154 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Barbara is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in film. Roughly 26,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 154 bachelor's degrees were handed out to film majors at UCSB. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#17

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
145 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is School of Visual Arts. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,940 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 people received their bachelor's degree in film from SVA. About 58% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
140 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Santa Cruz. Each year, around 19,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 140 people received their bachelor's degree in film from UC Santa Cruz. About 46% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
139 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Utah. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 139 people received their bachelor's degree in film from U of U. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 35% were women.

#20

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
125 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Rochester Institute of Technology. Each year, around 16,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,049 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,522 per year.

The film program at Rochester Institute of Technology awarded 125 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to film that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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