Have you always dreamt of working in the film industry or producing your own movie? Do you want to work in a profession creating visual projects? Are you interested in digital production, editing, sound, directing or producing for fiction, documentary or alternative projects? Do you want to learn about cinema and media history…or write your own screenplay? Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in film.

Career Options in Film

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Film degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Film than others.

  • Artist
  • Art Gallery Director
  • Artistic Consultant
  • Broadcaster
  • Casting Director
  • Columnist
  • Costume Designer
  • Curator
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Film Agent
  • Film Archivist
  • Film Critic
  • Film Maker
  • Film Researcher
  • Fundraiser
  • Journalist
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Media Consultant
  • Media Correspondent
  • Narrator
  • Non-profit Administrator
  • Playwright
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Reporter
  • Screen Writer
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Crew
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Stage Crew Manager
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Administrator
  • Visual Arts Consultant

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Film Degree

A background in Film ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • Ability to artistically capture everyday life and events as well as to interpret scripted dialogue
  • The capability to work with various technologies and to tell a story through words and images
  • An understanding of cinema and media history, theory and criticism of different types of film
  • The ability to present your creative work in public screenings and showcases

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing an industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.