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Schools Offering Film Programs in Michigan

Around 0.1% of Michigan's graduates graduate from film degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 365 film professionals graduate from Michigan's 15 film schools.

Top Schools

Grand Valley State University, which is located in Allendale, is the top-ranked school in Michigan that has a film program. It received a ranking of 29th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 66 students graduated from Grand Valley State University's film program. Grand Valley State University charged in-state students $9,088 in tuition fees per year.

Alma College, which was ranked 31st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Michigan that has a film program. It is located in Alma. In 2010, Alma College graduated 1 students from its film program. Alma College charged in-state students $27,580 in tuition fees per year.

Eastern Michigan University, which is located in Ypsilanti, is the third-ranked school in Michigan that has a film program. It received a ranking of 38th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 56 students graduated from Eastern Michigan University film program. The tuition rate at Eastern Michigan University was $8,378 per year.


If you choose to attend a Michigan film school, average tuition will be $10,499 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,088 per year to $27,580 per year. The Michigan film schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Alma College - located in Alma, students are charged $27,580 per year
  2. Calvin College - located in Grand Rapids, students are charged $24,870 per year
  3. Spring Arbor University - located in Spring Arbor, students are charged $20,536 per year

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

  1. Washtenaw Community College - located in Ann Arbor, students are charged $2,088 per year
  2. Henry Ford Community College - located in Dearborn, students are charged $2,104 per year
  3. Lansing Community College - located in Lansing, students are charged $2,330 per year

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

Many Michigan film graduates become a camera operator, camera equipment repairer, and actor. In 2010, there were 640 film professional working in Michigan, including 130 exhibit designers, 320 camera operators, and 50 camera equipment repairers. In Michigan, the largest numbers of film professional work in the following counties:

  1. Lapeer County - 150 film professionals
  2. Wayne County - 60 film professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of film professionals in Michigan will grow by 2%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 1,950 film professionals working in Michigan. The greatest growth for film professional is predicted to be amongst Exhibit Designers, who are expected to increase by 9% by 2018.


On average, film professionals earn $31,475 per year. However, Michigan film professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $20,770 per year to more than $62,810 per year in 2010. The following counties in Michigan have the highest average salaries for film professionals:

  1. Wayne County - $44,890 per year
  2. Lapeer County - $43,245 per year

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

  1. Lapeer County - $43,245 per year
  2. Wayne County - $44,890 per year

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

  1. Camera Operator - $45,360 per year
  2. Camera Equipment Repairer - $43,150 per year
  3. Exhibit Designer - $37,390 per year

The film professionals with lowest average salaries in Michigan were:

  1. Exhibit Designer - $37,390 per year
  2. Actor - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Michigan statistics regarding a career in film and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as design or art.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Film in Michigan
  • Bachelor's Degree in Film in Michigan
  • Master's Degree in Film in Michigan
  • Certificate in Film in Michigan

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 320 $45,360
Actors 140 n/a
Set and Exhibit Designers 130 $37,390
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers 50 $43,150

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