Film, Video & Photographic Arts
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Film, Video & Photographic Arts Overview

If you prefer a career behind a lens and out of the spotlight you might be interested in Film, Video, and Photographic Arts.

A degree in this field teaches students techniques for filming scenes, producing video, and capturing the perfect picture. You will take classes in film production, lighting, video and picture editing, cinematography, and more to learn how to capture what you see on film or in photos.

When students attend college, they usually specialize in an area of this field. Concentrations include Film, Cinema, and Video Studies; Cinematography and Film Video Production; Photography; and Documentary Production.

Required Skills

Students who are successful in Film, Video, and Photographic Arts, have what professionals refer to as æa good eye'. They are able to capture a clip or an image in just the right way so that the audience is captivated and feels the emotion the artist was trying to evoke. Professionals are typically creative, detail oriented, and have a background in editing software.

Professionals in the field often work irregular hours, logging overtime on evenings or weekends either in an office or on location. Many photographers and videographers do contract work, so there may be periods of unemployment in between assignments.

Students interested in Film, Video, and Photography Arts should get an internship or summer job with a professional. Since positions are experience based and require students to work their way up, this experience while in school will give you a head start.


Film, Video, and Photographic Arts graduates have gone to work for news studios, newspapers, television broadcast companies, advertising agencies, fashion companies, motion picture companies, or are self-employed. Graduates have the skills to be hired by any company that needs a video produced or photo-shoot.

Careers in photography are increasing at an average rate, while careers in film are increasing at a slower than average rate. Students may have a difficult time finding a job in the film and video industry; however those with previous experience will find better job prospects.

Film, Video, and Photographic Arts graduates earn average starting and mid-career salaries of $36,487 and $62,209.

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Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Film, Video & Photographic Arts might open up.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Film and Video Editors
Producers and Directors
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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