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Schools Offering Film Programs in Massachusetts

Around 0.2% of Massachusetts's graduates graduate from film degree programs every year. Thus, Massachusetts' 17 film schools put out approximately 429 film professionals each year.

Top Schools

Boston College, which is located in Chestnut Hill, is the top-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a film program. It received a ranking of 14th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Boston College graduated 10 students from its film program. Boston College charged in-state students $40,542 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Massachusetts with a film program is Boston University, which is located in Boston. In 2010, it was ranked 14th nationwide. In 2010, 37 students graduated from Boston University film program. The tuition rate at Boston University was $39,864 per year.

Northeastern University, which was ranked 14th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Massachusetts that has a film program. It is located in Boston. 9 students graduated with degree in film from Northeastern University in 2010. Students at Northeastern University paid $36,792 per year in tuition fees.


Film schools in Massachusetts, charge students an average tuition of $29,367 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,982 per year, or as little as $3,276 per year. In 2010, the film schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Massachusetts were:

  1. Bard College at Simon's Rock - located in Great Barrington, students are charged $41,982 per year
  2. Hampshire College - located in Amherst, students are charged $41,299 per year
  3. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, students are charged $40,542 per year

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

  1. Holyoke Community College - located in Holyoke, students are charged $3,276 per year
  2. Greenfield Community College - located in Greenfield, students are charged $4,310 per year
  3. Fitchburg State University - located in Fitchburg, students are charged $7,800 per year

A film degree from a Massachusetts school... what next?

Many Massachusetts film graduates become a camera operator, camera equipment repairer, and actor. Massachusetts had 760 film professionals in 2010. 260 of these film professionals were exhibit designers, 460 were camera operators, and 40 were camera equipment repairers. In Massachusetts, the largest numbers of film professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bristol County - 480 film professionals
  2. Hartford County - 70 film professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of film professionals is expected to grow by 8% by 2018. There are projected to be 500 film professionals working in Massachusetts then. Of these 500 film professionals, the government predicts that 500 will be exhibit designers, an unknown number will be camera operators, and an unknown number will be camera equipment repairers.


On average, film professionals earn $40,905 per year. However, this number is only an average. Film professional in Massachusetts had varying salaries from $24,410 to $129,360 per year in 2010. The following counties in Massachusetts have the highest average salaries for film professionals:

  1. Bristol County - $62,960 per year
  2. Hartford County - $32,650 per year

Film professionals in the following counties in Massachusetts make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Hartford County - $32,650 per year
  2. Bristol County - $62,960 per year

The film professionals with highest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Camera Operator - $65,470 per year
  2. Exhibit Designer - $59,800 per year
  3. Camera Equipment Repairer - $38,350 per year

The film professionals with lowest average salaries in Massachusetts were:

  1. Camera Equipment Repairer - $38,350 per year
  2. Actor - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in film in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts
  • Bachelor's Degree in Film in Massachusetts
  • Master's Degree in Film in Massachusetts
  • Certificate in Film in Massachusetts

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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 460 $65,470 -23.3%
Set and Exhibit Designers 260 $59,800 85.7%
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers 40 $38,350 -77.8%

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