Film Schools

As a professor or instructor of film classes at one of the 389 accredited film schools in the country, you play a valuable role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in film academia which includes film training at the following levels:

  • Film Certificate
  • Associates degree in Film
  • Bachelors degree in Film
  • Masters degree in Film
  • PhD degree in Film


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Film professionals

85,900 77,340 75,390 68,650 82,430
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

82,430 film professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. This number has shrunk by 4% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to slow down by the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Film professionals

10th percentile
$17,290
25th percentile
$22,422
50th percentile
$31,062
75th percentile
$43,840
90th percentile
$57,582

The median yearly salary earned by film professionals, in 2010, was $31,062. This is 48% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Film

$29,182 $30,230 $30,158 $30,940 $31,062
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for film professionals have grown by 6%.

Educational Trends

National Film Student enrollment growth by degree

1,934 1,457 1,083 1,343 1,563
5,594 6,215 6,805 7,503 7,479
17 27 30 27 24
855 908 964 1,077 1,047
622 774 1,056 1,113 797
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Film
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Film
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Film
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Film
  • Grey: Certificate in Film

The career outlook for film professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the year 2006 there were 9,022 students who graduated from film degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 10,910 students graduating from film schools.

This represents a 21% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from film courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Film Programs offered Nationwide

associate
129
bachelor
225
master
60
doctor
7
Certificate
100
Total521

It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering film programs has also increased. There were 296 film schools across the country in 2006. And there were 389 schools in 2010.

Film Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California78 Schools
  2. New York34 Schools
  3. Florida33 Schools
  4. Pennsylvania21 Schools
  5. Ohio17 Schools
  6. Massachusetts17 Schools
  7. Michigan15 Schools
  8. Texas12 Schools
  9. North Carolina11 Schools
  10. Arizona11 Schools
  11. Minnesota11 Schools
  12. Illinois10 Schools
  13. New Mexico10 Schools
  14. Tennessee10 Schools
  15. Oklahoma9 Schools
  16. Connecticut7 Schools
  17. Washington State6 Schools
  18. Georgia6 Schools
  19. Vermont6 Schools
  20. Virginia5 Schools
  21. Oregon5 Schools
  22. Colorado5 Schools
  23. Missouri5 Schools
  24. Washington DC4 Schools
  25. Utah4 Schools
  26. New Jersey3 Schools
  27. Iowa3 Schools
  28. Kansas3 Schools
  29. Alabama3 Schools
  30. Rhode Island3 Schools
  31. Nevada2 Schools
  32. New Hampshire2 Schools
  33. Wisconsin2 Schools
  34. Indiana2 Schools
  35. Louisiana2 Schools
  36. Maryland2 Schools
  37. South Carolina2 Schools
  38. Montana2 Schools
  39. Nebraska2 Schools
  40. Wyoming1 Schools
  41. Kentucky1 Schools
  42. Arkansas1 Schools
  43. Delaware1 Schools

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