Skills and Careers


The skills a Film Studies major receives are extensive and valuable in a wide range of endeavors. Students explore the historical, social, and political dimensions of film and culture more broadly. They gain knowledge and practice in analysis, synthesis, and expression that many employers find vital. They learn to develop and maintain intellectual concentration, they learn to work both independently and work as part of a group and to develop and maintain intellectual concentration in both settings.

Many graduates of Film Studies find positions with film companies, film archives, and festivals. Others work as art managers, critics, journalists, independent artists, and teachers at a variety of levels. Traditionally, graduates in film studies have pursued higher education in related fields, and have been competitive in graduate school applications in education, film studies and production, fine art, and law among other areas. Film studies students are also prepared for the kinds of positions in government, not-for-profit organizations, and industry that are open to those majoring in the humanities. Other types of possibility reside in the communications job market—public relations, technical writing, advertising, and educational media are just a few of the exciting career avenues that majors in film studies might take.

Skills of a Film Studies Majors:

  •     Synthesis of information
  •     Writing
  •     Foreign Language skills
  •     Ability to explain processes and concepts
  •     Thinking critically, and an ability to compare and contrast
  •     Evaluate ideas, sources and presentations
  •     Planning and presenting specific viewpoints and interpretations
  •     Influential and persuasion skills
  •     An awareness of cultural values and messages
  •     An awareness of institutional values
  •     Ability to measure media effects and have an attention to details
  •     Planning and management skills
  •     Reporting and editing skills
  •     Gathering data and research skills
  •     Developing market research
  •     Work with deadlines
  •     A know-how to work independently as well as in small groups

Film studies related career possibilities are included below:

  •     cinematographer, producer, or assistant director
  •     critic, professor, actor/actress, arts journalist
  •     independent or industrial filmmaker
  •     press agent, film editor, or photographer
  •     drama coach or drama therapist
  •     studio merchandising or distribution company work
  •     dramaturge or story editor
  •     film archives, museum studies, program researcher
  •     tourist industry or community arts worker
  •     casting director or casting assistant
  •     theater manager or publicist
  •     television production, camera operator, censor, or colorizing technician
  •     screenwriter, animator, script writer or script supervisor
  •     sound editor, visual effects, or prop maker
  •     costume design
  •     library assistant or assistant language teacher
  •     lighting technician or sound and special effects specialist
  •     program assistant or a personal assistant to the director
  •     film production instructor or rerecording mixer
  •     film director or film editor
  •     talent agent or talent representative

Check out the University Exploration What Do I Do With This Ohio State Major page for film studies.

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