Film and Media Studies (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Program Description

The minor in film and media studies explores the critical and creative study of film and media. Students can choose to study a range of courses that include digital media analysis, film styles and genres, film and media franchises, video games and screenwriting.

ASU's Department of English has an extensive internship program, offering placements in publishing, media and marketing, government, nonprofits and film festivals. The department also boasts top online programs, rigorous undergraduate research opportunities and options for cultural and community involvement.

Program Requirements

The film and media studies minor consists of 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be upper division, with a minimum of six upper-division credit hours from courses offered by the Department of English in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Electives -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in film (film and media studies); BA in film (film and media production)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in film and media studies can help students as they pursue careers in film, television and digital media.

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.


  • Growth: 3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 0

Special Effects Artists and Animators

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98950
  Bright Outlook

Audio and Video Technicians

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 50660
  Bright Outlook

Producers and Directors

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 85320
  Bright Outlook

Film and Video Editors

  • Growth: 9.4%
  • Median Salary*: 63520
  Bright Outlook

Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: 127830

Marketing Managers

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 140040
  Bright Outlook

Prepress Technicians and Workers

  • Growth: -17.1%
  • Median Salary*: 43560

* 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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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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