Film and Media Production, BFA

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The stories we tell on screens can have a profound impact on individuals and communities, and we empower our students to express their unique voice and vision through screen storytelling in film, television and emerging media. If you want hands-on opportunities to create unique work and collaborate with peers to tell the stories that the world needs to hear, this program is for you.

The BFA program in film and media production connects students with creative experiences and pre-professional training, focusing on ethical practices, cutting-edge technological skills and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students are empowered to master digital technologies to create stories that reflect their unique vision and voice.

Beginning with foundational courses that situate the film and media artist as an active citizen-storyteller with a responsibility to their community, students work through a series of structured milestones and projects that culminate in the presentation of a professional digital portfolio.

The curriculum also includes interdisciplinary requirements and elective options from across ASU to ensure that students experience connections between the arts, cultures and the creative process. Beginning in fall 2022, upper-division production courses are housed in a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Mesa.

Students also benefit from the California-based program Film Spark, including a fourth year Semester in L.A. program, annual job and internship fairs, professional boot camps, and events located at the Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Graduates are prepared for success in the growing media industry, to pursue a graduate degree, or to pioneer new careers that will require advanced media production skills, a professional work ethic and a strong creative voice.

At A Glance

Film and Media Production, BFA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

Graduates who earn this degree are prepared to pursue a wide array of skilled professional careers, including:

  • animation and visual effects artist
  • film, television, documentary and new media director
  • film and media teacher
  • media editor
  • producer
  • production, studio, or network executive
  • professional videographer
  • public relations specialist for arts and entertainment
  • sound designer
  • sound recording engineer
  • talent manager
  • Example careers

    Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

    Career*growth*median salary
    Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
    Audio and Video Technicians 12.3%$47,920
    Camera Operators, Television, Video and Film 14%$57,200
    Producers and Directors 10%$76,400
    Film and Video Editors 21.6%$67,250
    Media and Communication Workers, All Other 8.1%$49,730
    Public Relations Specialists 7.2%$62,810
    Sound Engineering Technicians 6%$53,520
    Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.8%$75,420

    * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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