Film & Media Studies
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.
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.
Explore More Career Paths
- Film Society of Greater Kansas City - local organization that supports KC-area film making
- Independent Filmmaker's Coalition of Kansas City - local non-profit that promotes regional film, video, and media production; provides educational and networking opportunities as well as equipment rental for members
- Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee - local group that unites KC film-related organizations to promote and enhance KC-area filmmaking through the Kansas City FilmFest and other events
- Writers Guild of America - labor union for television, film, and other media writers; includes professional resources related to screenwriting
- Video Production Career Guide - information from video production professionals on what it is like to work in their field
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
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
- 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
- Entertainmentcareers.net - list of entertainment focused jobs and internships
- New York Women in Communications - lists jobs and internships in film, radio, and tv
- Production Hub - 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
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.