Film & Media Studies
The School of the Arts offers a B.A., B.G.S., and a minor 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 & Media Studies Department Website
Featured Resources & Career Ideas
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.
Further Explore Careers in Film & Media Studies
- 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
View specific employers by state.
- 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
- 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
- Identify specific areas of interest within film or media and seek out courses and experiences to help you explore these interests further.
- Develop your film/media skill set by working directly with film productions as either a performer or crew member.
- Attend local/regional film shows and festivals to further your knowledge and appreciation for film and media.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to film, such as KU Filmworks or KU Film Society.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
- 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.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., Advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering.
Links to Job & Internship Listings
- 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
- Entertainmentcareers.net - list of entertainment focused jobs and internships
- Idealist.org - 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
- ProductionHub.com - 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