Film (Film and Media Studies), BA

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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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 reviewing 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.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

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ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

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:

  • creative management
  • film
  • marketing and communications
  • social media
  • streaming
  • television
  • video games

Some graduates have gone on to pursue graduate studies at prestigious universities, while others elect to begin their careers. They are prepared for employment as:

  • analysts
  • bloggers
  • executives
  • marketers
  • producers
  • reviewers
  • screenwriters
  • teachers

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:

Writers and Authors

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

Producers and Directors

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

Film and Video Editors

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

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

Public Relations Managers

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 129430
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialists

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 67440
  Bright Outlook

Media Programming Directors

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

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 82530
  Bright Outlook

Media Technical Directors/Managers

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 85320
  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).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Students gain valuable experience through study abroad, experience that enhances their resumes. More than 300 Global Education programs allow students to tailor their experience to their distinctive interests and skill sets. In addition to providing students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, these programs enable students to hone their creative and communication skills in a unique environment.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in film with a concentration in film and media studies.

Attend Online

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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