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Master’s Degrees in Film, Video & Photographic Arts

1,963 Yearly Graduations
$29,850 Median Salary
$78,588 Median Debt
There are 99 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in film. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 26% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 34.2% of film graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Film Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,963 master's degrees were awarded to film majors. This earns it the #72 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in film is $29,850. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $25,325 and the high is $31,825.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in film is $78,588. 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, $125,108 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $61,668.

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The median monthly payment of a film graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $916.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in film. About 50.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 964
Women 999
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Film

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 97
Black or African American 211
Hispanic or Latino 156
White 696
International Students 672
Other Races/Ethnicities 131
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Film Master's Degree Students

There are 99 colleges that offer a master’s degree in film. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
173 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for film majors who are seeking their master's degree. 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 173 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 46% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
135 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is Academy of Art University. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,992 per year.

The film program at Academy of Art University awarded 135 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#3

New York University

New York, New York
125 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 master's degrees were handed out to film majors at NYU. Of these students, 57% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

New York Film Academy

Burbank, California
122 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York Film Academy. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,434 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,058 per year.

The film program at New York Film Academy awarded 122 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 49% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

American Film Institute Conservatory

Los Angeles, California
114 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Film Institute Conservatory is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in film. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The film program at American Film Institute Conservatory awarded 114 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 46% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
104 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master'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 104 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 39% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
103 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in film. Each year, around 44,300 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.

The film program at University of California - Los Angeles awarded 103 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
85 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

School of Visual Arts is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in film. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 master's degrees were handed out to film majors at SVA. About 55% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

82 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Savannah College of Art and Design comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 people received their master's degree in film from SCAD. About 54% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

81 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is Columbia University in the City of New York. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 81 people received their master's degree in film from Columbia. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#11

Chapman University

Orange, California
80 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chapman University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees 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, 80 people received their master's degree in film from Chapman. About 46% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
58 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brooklyn College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in film. Roughly 17,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The film program at Brooklyn College awarded 58 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
47 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree 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.

The film program at DePaul University awarded 47 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 34% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
44 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is American University. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

The film program at American University awarded 44 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 55% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, California
42 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Institute of the Arts is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in film. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $50,850 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 master's degrees were handed out to film majors at CalArts. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#16

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
34 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Loyola Marymount University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in film. Roughly 9,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,606 per year.

The film program at Loyola Marymount University awarded 34 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is Regent University. Roughly 10,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,552 per year.

The film program at Regent University awarded 30 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 53% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, Maryland
29 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland Institute College of Art comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in film. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,510 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,510 per year.

The film program at Maryland Institute College of Art awarded 29 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#19

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
23 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia College Chicago comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their master's degree in film from Columbia. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#19

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
23 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for film majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida State University. Each year, around 42,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their master's degree in film from Florida State. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Music 6,038
Fine & Studio Arts 3,527
Design & Applied Arts 1,894
Drama & Theater Arts 1,783
Arts & Media Management 1,112

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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