Film Studies

What is Film Studies? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Additional Resources Links UNCW Dept of Film Studies
Film Studies vs Communication Studies

What is Film Studies?

For more than a decade, the study of film has been one of the fastest growing disciplines at American colleges and universities.  Film studies students normally follow one of two career directions. Most students directly enter the communications job market. Advertising, public relations, technical writing, educational media and free-lance filmmaking are just a few career possibilities.

Film Studies majors learn to see film as an artistic medium, a cultural expression, a rhetorical device, a technical production, and a commercial enterprise. The major develops students' analytical, research and writing skills, as well as their creative and technical abilities. 

Advice for Students Pursuing Film Career Paths
Advice from current Film Studies Department Chair on classes to consider, Minors and Double
Internships, Mentors, and advice regarding various career paths! 

Related Career Titles

Film Archives Television production Animator
Assistant Director Camera Operator Casting Director
Cinematographer Censor Colorizing technician
Independent Filmmaker Industrial Filmmaker Producer
Script Supervisor Screenwriter Sound Editor
Visual Effects Dramaturge Critic
Lighting Technician Program Assistant Press Agent
Actor Actress Drama Coach
Sound/Special Effects Specialist Prop Maker Scriptwriter
Studio Merchandising Distribution Company Personal Asst. to Director
Theater Manager Film Production Instructor Casting Assistant
Costume Design Publicist Rerecording Mixer
Film Director Story Editor Talent Representative
Film Editor Talent Agent Professor

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Related Major Skills

Present specific viewpoints

Influential/persuasion skills

Synthesizing information

Interpretation skills

Reporting and editing skills

Create entertaining and persuasive messages

Evaluate ideas and presentation

Gather information and data

Compare and contrast evidence

Evaluate information and sources

Critical thinking skills

Develop market research

Measure media effects

Planning and managing skills

Work with deadlines

Work independently

Attention to details

Work in teams / small groups

Rewriting and editing with others

Understand institutional and cultural values

Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc.

Explaining processes, plans and concepts

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Job & Internship Search Links

Handshake -- UNCW's Online Job & Career Portal

UNCW Department of Film Studies Internship page

UNCW Department of Film Studies: Important Online Links & Leads (Crew, Studio, Network & Freelance Writing jobs & internships) 

Atlanta, GA (Casting & Crew jobs)

Atlanta, GA (Film & TV jobs)

Production Hub

California Film Commission

Crew Net

Mediamatch: USA Media Industry Magazine (jobs board)

New England Film

Entertainment Careers 

ShowBizJobs (mostly LA & NY)

FilmBiz Jobs

Kemps Film and TV Production Services Handbook

Show Crew Network

Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

International Film and TV Production Resources

Digital Filmmakers Resource Site 2-Pop   

Career & Community for Media Professionals: MediaBistro

American Cinema Editors

Women Make Movies

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Professional Association Links

Academy of Television Arts and Science

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

American Society of Cinematographers

Association of Motion Picture Sound, London

Black Filmmaker Foundation

Digital Cinema Society

Director’s Guild of America

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians

Producer’s Guild of America

Wilmington Regional Film Commission

American Film Institute

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

American Association of Advertising Agencies

Additional Resources

Actors Fund of America

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