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Schools Offering Film Programs in Illinois

Around 0.2% of Illinois's graduates graduate from film degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 616 film professionals graduate from Illinois' 10 film schools.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a film program. It is located in Evanston. In 2010, 4 students graduated from Northwestern University's film program. Tuition at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 29th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a film program. It is located in Chicago. 7 students graduated with degree in film from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a film program is University of Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 55th nationwide. In 2010, University of Chicago graduated 16 students from its film programs. The tuition rate at University of Chicago was $42,041 per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois film school, average tuition will be $19,284 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $4,128 per year to $42,041 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois film schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year

The film schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. College of DuPage - located in Glen Ellyn, students are charged $4,128 per year
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale - located in Carbondale, students are charged $10,468 per year
  3. University of Illinois at Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $12,053 per year

A film degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs film graduates in Illinois pursue include camera operator, camera equipment repairer, and actor. In 2010, there were 1,090 film professional working in Illinois, including 260 exhibit designers, 720 camera operators, and 110 camera equipment repairers. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois film professionals:

  1. Cook County - 880 film professionals
  2. Lake County

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of film professionals is expected to grow by 4% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,860 film professionals working in Illinois then. Of these 2,860 film professionals, the government predicts that 380 will be exhibit designers, 680 will be camera operators, and 90 will be camera equipment repairers.


film professionals in Illinois make an average of $33,623 per year. However, Illinois film professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $17,350 per year to more than $83,420 per year in 2010. Film professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $45,510 per year

On average, the highest paid film professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Camera Operator - $48,180 per year
  2. Exhibit Designer - $44,540 per year
  3. Camera Equipment Repairer - $41,770 per year

The film professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Camera Equipment Repairer - $41,770 per year
  2. Actor - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in film in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as design or art, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Film in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Film in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Film in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Film in Illinois
  • Certificate in Film in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Actors n/a n/a
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 720 $48,180 -24.2%
Set and Exhibit Designers 260 $44,540 -36.6%
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers 110 $41,770 -65.6%

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