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Cinematography and Film/Video Production


Programs in cinematography and film/video production prepare people to communicate dramatic works through the making of films and videos.

This program includes topics such as:

Some schools separate the study of cinematography from film/video production. Cinematography focuses on ways to capture dramatic elements using cameras. Film/video production focuses on editing, film audio, and how to make films and videos.


Several community colleges offer an associate degree program in cinematography and film/video production. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in cinematography and film/video production. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer master's degrees in cinematography and film/video production. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Things to Know

Many schools offer different kinds of bachelor's degrees depending on your desired concentration. Some of these degrees focus more on performance and production. Others combine their teaching of production skills with a broad liberal arts education.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Cornish College of the Arts

Northwest University

Shoreline Community College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (Central/Mohler Campus)

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

West Side Area

Centralia College

Evergreen State College, The

Peninsula College