Film & Media Studies

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The School of the Arts offers a B.A., B.G.S., and a minor, as well as a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies. The program offers a comprehensive course load, including classes in film and video production as well as the liberal arts and sciences. KU has been recognized recently by the Fiske Guide to Colleges as being a "major university strong in film/television" and many students of the program have won regional, national, and international competitions for their film/media projects.

Film and Media Studies Department Website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of media
  • Analyze and critique a variety of media products, case studies and issues
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues related to the media
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of global film history, including cultural, historical, and social contexts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the critical and technical language associated with film studies, including genres, classic narrative form and non-narrative forms, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and modes of screen reality
  • Demonstrate their skills in the praxis of film production 

Popular Career Paths

Performance: Includes performance roles in film/television productions or within other performing arts venues, such as theatre, dance, comedy, etc.

Production, Direction, & Design: Encompasses "behind-the-scenes" roles that create, produce, direct, and design film/television productions.

Administration & Business: Includes all business and administrative roles within a performing arts venue, including management, marketing/PR, distribution, etc.; also includes talent management and representation for individual performers.

Education & Training: Involves teaching acting or film production in a class setting or giving individual performance coaching; may require additional education and credentials if teaching in K-12 or post-secondary schools.

Journalism & Media: Includes providing analysis and critique of film/television works for print or broadcast media.

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Jobs to Consider

Acting or Dialect Coach


Art or Creative Director

Attorney: Entertainment Law

Best Boy

Boom Operator

Casting Director

Cinematographer or Videographer

Costume/Wardrobe Designer


Film Commissioner

Film Critic or Journalist

Film Distributor

Film or Video Editor

Film Festival Organizer

Film or Media Instructor



Makeup Artist or Hairstylist

Music Director


Production Coordinator



Set or Scenic Designer

Sound Designer or Mixer

Special Effects Producer

Stage Manager

Stunt Coordinator

Talent Agent

Places to Seek Employment

Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations Agencies

Film Production Studios & Distributors

For-Profit Corporations

Freelance: Acting, Coaching, Film Production & Editing, Writing

Independent Film & Documentary Producers

Local, State, & Federal Government Agencies

Magazines, Newspapers, & Other Print Media

Movie Theaters

Non-Profit Organizations

Public & Private Schools (K-12) and Colleges & Universities

Radio Stations

Talent Agencies

Television Networks & Production Studios

Website & Computer Software Developers: Multimedia Production


View specific employers by state.

Employment Strategies

  1. Develop your film/media skill set by working directly with film productions as either a performer or crew member.
  2. Attend local/regional film shows and festivals to further your knowledge and appreciation for film and media.
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to film, such as KU Filmworks or KU Film Society.
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  7. Join professional associations related to film and, if possible, attend local and/or regional film-related conferences and workshops to make connections with professionals in your field.
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  10. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., Advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering.

Job and Internship Search Resources

  • Actors' Equity Association - organization that provides representation for professional actors and stage managers; includes audition and stage manager position postings
  • American Advertising Federation - association for advertising professionals; includes job listings in creative and media fields; check out the Kansas City chapter's internship guide for local advertising internships in creative/media
  • Arts Opportunities - job board with positions in the arts, including film, video, and audio
  • Backstage Jobs - job and internship site for "behind the scenes" positions in the live entertainment industry
  • CinemaKC - online networking space for Kansas City film community members
  • - list of entertainment focused jobs and internships
  • - job and internship site that includes non-performance positions within non-profit organizations that produce or support film and the arts
  • New York Women in Communications - lists jobs and internships in film, radio, and tv
  • - job and internship site that includes positions in film, broadcast/television, video production, digital media, post-production, and much more.
  • Red Echo Group - Kansas City - local branch of Red Echo Group, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk inner city youth create their own films through the "Let's Make a Movie!" program; offers volunteer opportunities
  • Showbiz Jobs - online job board for positions within the entertainment industry

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