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Film Studies


Programs in film studies focus on the analysis of films.

This program includes topics such as:

Film studies is often an interdisciplinary program. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several departments. Film studies may be housed in its own department, or may be part of English, Communication, or Arts departments.


A few community colleges offer associate degree programs in film studies. 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 degree programs in film studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in film studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master'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:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Many programs offer internships with film archives. You learn how to curate films, meaning, how to organize and store them. You may also learn how to restore old films.

Things to Know

Several programs host their own film festivals. They may screen works written by their own students or organize showings of films made by established filmmakers.

Many programs encourage you to focus your studies on a particular style of film (noir, horror) or on works from a particular period. For example, you can concentrate on early American films or on the film scene in India, called Bollywood.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Whitman College

King-Snohomish Area

Cornish College of the Arts

Highline College

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

University of Washington - Tacoma

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The