What is film?

Film (or cinema) is the art of creating motion picture media in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes, including advertisements, feature films, and video games.

What should I look for in an online film school?

The best online film schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online film schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online film school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online film programs are available?

The following levels of film degree online programs are available:

  • Online Film Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Film
  • Online Bachelor in Film
  • Online Masters in Film
  • Online PhD in Film

How long does it take to get an online film degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online film degree depends on the level of film degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Film Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Film Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Film Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Film Masters - 2 years
  • Online Film PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online film courses?

Film courses combine a storytelling, writing, technology and art. Common film courses include:

  • Elements of Film Art
    This course provides an overview of the narrative filmmaking process comprised of lecture sessions exploring the different crafts, simple techniques, and tools of filmmaking. In addition, this course prepares the student for the collaborative filmmaking process.
  • Screenwriting
    Screenwriting covers the basics of story structure, character development, dialogue, plot development, and formats, with an emphasis on the conflict-driven narrative story.
  • Film Production
    A hands-on introduction to narrative filmmaking. Students write and prepare to direct and edit projects using the basics of film language and the collaborative art of filmmaking.
  • Issues in Documentary
    This course is an overview of the history of documentary film from its origins to present day. It examines various documentary styles, social and political issues, the significance of the documentary in filmmaking and to our culture, and the subsequent influences documentary style has had on other forms of entertainment.
  • Production Fundamentals
    A study of the creative, organizational and managerial aspects of producing a feature film, this course provides a step-by-step analysis of each stage of production, including concept development, formulation of production plan, script breakdown, production boarding, budgeting, assembling cast, crew, locations and facilities, and post production.

What areas of film specialization are available?

Many specializations are available within the field of film, including:

  • Screenwriting
  • Editing
  • Sound Production
  • Film Review
  • Directing
  • Film Post-Production
  • Cinematography
  • Film Business and Finance
  • Casting
  • Story Boarding

What can I do with a film degree?

A field that is rapidly changing in style and format, film is an ever-changing, innovative, and interesting field in which to pursue a profession. A variety of careers exist in the film industry, including:

  • Editing
  • Directing
  • Reviewing
  • Sound Production
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Screenwriting
  • Production

What is a filmmaker?

Film is a collaborative field, and offers a variety of careers. From basic film production to screenwriting and editing, filmmaking is an exciting, artistic career path that offers extensive areas of expertise and potential for innovation. Filmmakers work in all aspects of the field of film, creating new works together.

What does a filmmaker do?

Filmmakers bring their artistic ideas together with expert business and finance managers, sales managers, and promotions crews to bring their cinematic vision to light. Working as a team with a variety of professionals, filmmakers write, act, direct, produce, edit, and sell their works.

How much does a filmmaker earn?

Earnings vary tremendously in the film industry from one profession to another. Film production assistants earn an average of $25,500 per year, while advanced editors earn an average of $65,000 per year. Directors of feature films earn between $100,000 and $500,000 per film. Job growth is expected at about the average rate for most positions.

How do I become a filmmaker?

Students interested in how to become a filmmaker will find this is not an easy field to enter. Entry-level filmmaking positions are obtained through a solid understanding of all levels of film, dedication to the craft and the ability to work well with others. Internships, academic courses, and avid attention to current trends in filmmaking are crucial to success in the field of film.

Film Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
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Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL, 33132
http://www.mdc.edu/main/
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Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
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Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, TX, 77266
http://www.hccs.edu
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University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
http://www.ucf.edu/
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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
State College, PA, 16802
http://www.psu.edu/
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New York University
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY, 10012
http://www.nyu.edu
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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
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Florida State University
211 Westcott Bldg
Tallahassee, FL, 32306
http://www.fsu.edu
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Valencia Community College
190 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32801
http://valenciacc.edu
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University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
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Broward College
225 E las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
http://www.broward.edu
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Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
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Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85709
http://www.pima.edu
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University of California-Berkeley
Gayley Rd & Stadium Rim Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720
http://www.berkeley.edu
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American River College
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA, 95841
http://www.arc.losrios.edu/
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University of Georgia
125 Cedar St.
Athens, GA, 30602
http://www.uga.edu
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University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
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Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
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University of Colorado at Boulder
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO, 80309
http://www.colorado.edu
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City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94112
http://www.ccsf.edu
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Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA, 90405
http://www.smc.edu
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George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA, 22030
http://www.gmu.edu
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Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
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University of California-Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616
http://www.ucdavis.edu
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San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94132
http://www.sfsu.edu
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Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA, 30303
http://www.gsu.edu
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
http://www.uwm.edu
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University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
http://www.utah.edu
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St Petersburg College
14025 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL, 33760
http://www.spcollege.edu
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University of Kansas
Jayhawk Dr
Lawrence, KS, 66045
http://www.ku.edu
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California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95819
http://www.csus.edu
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University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV, 89154
http://www.unlv.edu
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University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
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University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
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Florida State College at Jacksonville
501 W State St
Jacksonville, FL, 32202
http://www.fscj.edu
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University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
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El Paso Community College
919 Hunter Drive
El Paso, TX, 79915
http://www.epcc.edu
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Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL, 33461
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/
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Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.cnm.edu
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Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR, 97201
http://www.pdx.edu
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Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA, 90808
http://www.lbcc.edu
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
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Palomar College
1140 W. Mission
San Marcos, CA, 92069
http://WWW.PALOMAR.EDU
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University of New Mexico-Main Campus
1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87106
http://www.unm.edu
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Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA, 95822
http://www.scc.losrios.edu/
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University of California-Irvine
204 Administration
Irvine, CA, 92697
http://www.uci.edu/
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San Jacinto Community College
8060 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, TX, 77501
http://www.sjcd.edu
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Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL, 33606
http://www.hccfl.edu
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University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL, 60607
http://www.uic.edu/index.html/
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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK, 73019
http://www.ou.edu
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Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/
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De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA, 95014
http://www.deanza.edu/
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DePaul University
55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL, 60604
http://www.depaul.edu
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Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
http://www.gwu.edu
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University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://www.upenn.edu
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Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008
http://www.wmich.edu
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Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI, 49401
http://www.gvsu.edu
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Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York, NY, 10027
http://www.columbia.edu
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St
Lincoln, NE, 68588
http://www.unl.edu/
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Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA, 92692
http://www.saddleback.edu
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University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606
http://www.utoledo.edu/
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Eastern Michigan University
1000 College Pl
Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
http://www.emich.edu
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University of California-Santa Barbara
552 University Rd
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
http://www.ucsb.edu
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Ohio University-Main Campus
E Mulberry
Athens, OH, 45701
http://www.ohio.edu
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Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://www.drexel.edu
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University of Oregon
110 Johnson Hall
Eugene, OR, 97403
http://www.uoregon.edu
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CUNY Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY, 10065
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu
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Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 91371
http://www.piercecollege.edu
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College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA, 91355
http://www.canyons.edu
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Lansing Community College
419 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI, 48901
http://www.lansing.cc.mi.us
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CUNY Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd
New York, NY, 11367
http://www.qc.cuny.edu
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Cornell University
410 Thurston Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14853
http://www.cornell.edu
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
900 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL, 62901
http://www.siuc.edu
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Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ, 85302
http://www.gc.maricopa.edu
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Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 91401
http://www.lavc.edu
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Los Angeles City College
855 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90029
http://www.lacitycollege.edu/
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Northwestern University
633 Clark St
Evanston, IL, 60208
http://www.northwestern.edu
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Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA, 93109
http://www.sbcc.edu
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Syracuse University
100 University Pl
Syracuse, NY, 13244
http://syr.edu/
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University of California-Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA, 92521
http://WWW.UCR.EDU
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Webster University
470 E Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO, 63119
http://www.webster.edu
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New Mexico State University-Main Campus
2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM, 88003
http://www.nmsu.edu/
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Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA, 94305
http://www.stanford.edu/
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Modesto Junior College
435 College Ave
Modesto, CA, 95350
http://mjc.edu
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Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA, 94022
http://www.foothill.edu
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Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue - 855 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ, 7043
http://www.montclair.edu
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Saint Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave. South
St. Cloud, MN, 56301
http://www.stcloudstate.edu
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San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.sdcity.edu/
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Brevard Community College
1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, FL, 32922
http://www.brevardcc.edu
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Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
1499 N State St
San Jacinto, CA, 92583
http://www.msjc.edu
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Wright State University-Main Campus
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH, 45435
http://www.wright.edu
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Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
http://www.DaytonaState.edu
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Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH, 43403
http://www.bgsu.edu
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CUNY Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave
New York, NY, 11210
http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu
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Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street
Omaha, NE, 68111
http://www.mccneb.edu
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University of California-Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA, 95064
http://www.ucsc.edu/
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