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Film Schools In Illinois

There are 10 accredited film schools in Illinois for faculty who teach film classes to choose from. The trends in Illinois' film academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in film includes film training at the following levels:


  1. University of Chicago

    5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637

    5 U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Columbia College Chicago

    600 South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. DePaul University

    55 E Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60604

    132 U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. College of DuPage

    425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Governors State University

    1 University Pky, University Park, Illinois 60484

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. University of Illinois at Chicago

    601 S Morgan, Chicago, Illinois 60607

    150 U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. Northwestern University

    633 Clark St, Evanston, Illinois 60208

    12 U.S. News National University Ranking
  8. The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

    350 N Orleans St, Chicago, Illinois 60654-1593

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  9. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
  10. The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg

    1000 Plaza Drive Ste. 100, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-4913

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Illinois Vs. National Film Employment

Illinois 1,090
National 82,430

Of all of the film professionals in the country, nearly 3% are in the state of Illinois.

Employment Growth for Film professionals In Illinois

1,590 1,910 2,240 2,190 1,090
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Illinois, film is a shrinking field. 500 less film professionals were working in Illinois in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, in Illinois, this field has shrunk by 31% in four years. This is faster than the trend for film professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of film professionals has shrunk by 4% between 2006 and 2010.

Film VS. All Professions salaries in Illinois

$29,800 $32,450 $31,755 $31,368 $33,622
$46,261 $48,114 $49,602 $50,552 $51,250
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Film
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of film professionals is declining, the salaries paid to film professionals are increasing in Illinois. The mean salary for film professionals in 2006 was $29,800 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $33,622 per year.

Salary percentiles for Film professionals in Illinois

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This represents a 11% growth in salaries. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. In the state of Illinois, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of film. The pay differential between the highest paid film professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 210%

Average Salaries for Film professionals and related professions in Illinois

Computer Animation

In Illinois, film professionals make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Film programs available for each degree type for all schools in Illinois


The number of students graduating from the 10 accredited film schools in Illinois is increasing. In 2006 there were 482 film graduates from film courses in Illinois and in 2010 there were 606 graduates.

There was an increase in the number of film school degree or certificate graduates in Illinois by 26%. 42% of these graduates received an bachelor's degree in film.

Film Faculty Salaries in Illinois

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