Film (Film and Media Studies), BA

Do you wonder how film and media shape our ever-changing world? Explore how film and media are made and interpreted and how they impact our society, through courses that engage with the creative, historical and technical practices of film and media.

Program Description

The BA in film and media studies in ASU's Department of English provides a comprehensive analysis of film, television, digital media and screenwriting. It develops students into critically informed writers, storytellers, critics and consumers of film and media.

The program teaches students skill sets such as project research, critical thinking and effective crafting of media messages which can lead to employment opportunities in a wide range of fields.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

Graduates with a degree in film and media studies possess skills that can be applied in a number of professional fields, including film, television, streaming, videogames, social media, marketing and communications, and in leadership roles within these areas of the media and entertainment industries:

  • creative management
  • criticism
  • development
  • marketing
  • regulation
  • teaching

Some graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at prestigious universities while others elect to begin their careers. Graduates are prepared for employment as executives, screenwriters, producers, reviewers, teachers, marketers, analysts and bloggers.

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:

Communications Specialist

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $73,150

Executive Producer

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $85,320
  Bright Outlook

Film Editor

  • Growth: 9.4%
  • Median Salary*: $63,520
  Bright Outlook

Freelance Writer

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $73,150

Public Relations Manager (PR Manager)

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: $129,430
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialist

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $67,440
  Bright Outlook

TV Program Director

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $85,320
  Bright Outlook

Talent Agent

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $82,530
  Bright Outlook

Technical Director

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $85,320
  Bright Outlook

* 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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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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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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