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Film degrees abroad

For international students, film degrees can provide insight into the world’s most successful visual industries. Whether you’re interested in studying film for the practical area of production, or the analytical side of film criticism, film qualifications are available across the globe in universities, colleges, and even specialist film schools.

Why study film abroad

Studying film requires at least an interest in film, but it may be a particular career path that brings you to study it.

Choosing to study film abroad means you'll have a wide range of programs to choose from, and you could study in a country famous for cinema, or a specific style of film you are passionate about.

It will also give you a unique perspective on how another culture approaches film making that could help you stand out in a competitive market.

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Film program structure

Wherever you decide to study film abroad, you will have a selection of film modules to choose from, which defines your focus on the subject. Film studies modules require many different methods of assessment and ways of learning, including film screenings, lectures, dissertations, seminars, filming, and editing.

You may be required to watch many films in your spare time, which may sound easy but can take up hours of your free time. There will also be many opportunities at university to get involved with film societies, or student media groups to use your skills and knowledge.

Depending on the country you study in, a typical bachelor’s degree in film will take between three and four years, and a master’s degree will take one to two years to complete.

The program curriculum of a film degree would be split into years of study with each year having some compulsory modules, in addition to optional modules to choose from; they would typically focus on the following areas:

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Types of film degrees

In countries such as the UK and Canada, it is common to study film as a stand alone degree, for example at bachelor’s, master’s or PhD level. However, in the US under a liberal arts education, you may study film as a major or minor meaning you need to dedicate a certain amount of credits to the subject.

Some programs will focus on a particular area of film such as film production or film criticism, which will have different amounts of practical and theoretical study and examination.

Where to study film abroad

Where you study film depends on a few factors and reasons why you are choosing to study it.

Most places in the world have educated notable directors, producers, and filmmakers, so you shouldn’t entirely rule out studying anywhere just because it isn’t known for film.

In all cases it is important to look at the exact details of a university or school’s programs in film to check what you’re interested in is covered.

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Best countries to study film

There are many countries and areas with large film industries, making them some of the best countries to study film in. These include:

  • USA
  • UK
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain

Countries with large film industries can be good options for studying get practical experience through work experience, or even stay on in the country to look for work following completion of your degree.

Best universities to study film

There may be a particular director whose films you love, or a particular film academic whose work you admire. In both cases there will be specific universities that focus on relevant areas to these interests.

The university or film school you decide to apply to will also depend on how practical you want your studies to be. Traditional universities may focus on film in an academic sense, and not the process of making films, as a dedicated film school would.

Film study abroad programs

Film courses at all qualification levels are available across the world to international students. The country, language, and specific university you study in will affect the content of the program, including the types of films focused on and the methods of making them.

At bachelor’s level a film degree would typically sit under a Bachelor of Arts (BA) award, or within a bachelor’s in liberal arts as a major or minor. Master’s degrees in film can be either taught or research.

A doctorate or PhD program in film is likely to be research intensive, with a focus on a very specific aspect of cinema.

What are the top film undergraduate programs abroad?

  • California Lutheran UniversityFilm and Television: Production - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Television, Production, Film
    Location
    Thousand Oaks, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    50,670USD
  • Buckinghamshire New UniversityHair and Make-Up for Film and Performance - BA (Hons)

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Film
    Location
    High Wycombe, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    20,200GBP
  • University of UtahFilm & Media Arts - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Film
    Location
    Salt Lake City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    33,190USD
  • St. Francis CollegeCommunication Arts: Digital Media: Film, Broadcasting and Journalism - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Broadcasting, Journalism, Film, Digital Media
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    27,461USD
  • Arts University PlymouthFilm and Screen Arts - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Film
    Location
    Plymouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2024 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,500GBP

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What are the top film postgraduate programs abroad?

  • American UniversityFilm & Media Arts - MFA

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Film
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    36,000USD
  • Ulster UniversityFilm and Television Production - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Television Production, Film
    Location
    Belfast, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,090GBP
  • Buckinghamshire New UniversityVisualization for Film and TV Production - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Television Production, Film
    Location
    High Wycombe, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,400GBP
  • Falmouth UniversityFilm & Television - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Television, Film
    Location
    Falmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2024 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,950GBP
  • SRH Berlin University of Applied SciencesFilm, Television and Digital Narratives - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Oct, Apr
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Television, Film
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400EUR

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Entry requirements to study film abroad

As it’s unlikely you would have studied film specifically at high school level, university’s and film schools won’t need a specific score for a film class for admission to a bachelor’s, but may want you to show you have experience with media and/or art.

At master’s and doctorate levels, the admission process may need you to prove you have sufficient practical or academic experience with cinema.

Studying film abroad will require an admission process that is set by the specific university for the exact program want to study. Every institution will want you to have passion and an interest in film, but you may also need to provide the university with the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • An English language proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Proof of finances
  • References
  • CV
  • Personal statement
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Future film careers

Film degrees have a wide range of careers associated with them, as well as transferable skills that are useful in other industries. You’ll have a good ability to analyse and organize following a film studies course.

Common film degree jobs include:

  • Journalist
  • Camera operator
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Broadcast engineer
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