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How will your film education stack up?

If you want to study film at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 392 brick and mortar film schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had film programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In the US, 10,910 students graduated from film programs in 2010. Of these students, 797 received certifications in film, 9,042 received an undergraduate degree in film, and 1,071 received a graduate-level degree in film.


Students can pursue education in film at the following levels:

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

Film students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying film:

  • Documentaries
  • Critical Analysis
  • Screenwriting
  • Script to Screen
  • Communication


The average tuition at film schools around the nation was $32,662 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following film schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The film schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia, students paid $7,530
  3. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio, students paid $8,679

How will your film job compare?

Many US film graduates become camera operator, camera equipment repairer, or actor. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 82,430 film professionals were working in the US. 8,120 of these film professionals were exhibit designers, 16,760 were camera operators and 2,810 were camera equipment repairers. The largest numbers of film professionals work in the following states:

  1. New York - 10,230 Film Professionals
  2. California - 6,170 Film Professionals
  3. Texas - 1,520 Film Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 110,630 film professionals will be working in the US. This would require the number of film professionals to grow by 4%. The projected growth for film professionals is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Georgia - 26%
  2. Utah - 23%
  3. Nebraska - 14%


On average, film professionals earn a salary of $33,302 per year in the US. However, factors such as your boss, your previous performance reviews, and experience can cause the salary for film professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact film profession you pursue. Approximately 10 percent of film professionals earn less than $15,480 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $146,780 per year. Film professionals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Maryland - $51,680 per year
  2. Virginia - $48,155 per year
  3. New Mexico - $47,520 per year

film professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Montana - $11,475 per year
  2. Iowa - $17,095 per year
  3. Connecticut - $18,373 per year

On average the highest paid film professionals were:

  1. Exhibit Designer - $51,600 per year
  2. Camera Operator - $48,450 per year
  3. Camera Equipment Repairer - $41,220 per year

The film professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Camera Operator - $48,450 per year
  2. Camera Equipment Repairer - $41,220 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Actors 54,740 n/a -8.1%
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 16,760 $48,450 -25.6%
Set and Exhibit Designers 8,120 $51,600 -3.1%
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers 2,810 $41,220 -11.1%