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Programs in Film

Share the passion of our collaborative community and pursue your dreams in the creative art of filmmaking.

Fostering visual literacy by providing analytical and critical prowess to understand and interpret film from various aspects, our program enables you to make cinema that conveys compelling stories. You will gather theoretical knowledge that underlies filmmaking and master essential creative and technical skills. From script to final edit, you will unearth the production process and the professional requirements of the film industry. Filmmaking allows student producers to expand their visual storytelling skills. While these skills are critical to the traditional creative fields, they also apply to law, business, health, and even medicine.

Furthering hands-on learning experiences, you will develop extensive portfolios while working in state-of-the-art studios and production labs. You will join a close-knit, collaborative environment led by our professional faculty, allowing you to focus on capstone projects during your senior year and learn first-hand what it takes to become the next generation of filmmakers.

100% Success Rate for Film Graduates

100% Employment Rate for Film Graduates

$79K Annual Median Pay For Directors and Producers

8% Job Growth by 2031

Professional Opportunities

Your training pathway at UTulsa is enhanced by guest lectures from prominent Hollywood directors and actors, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and many opportunities for film internships. You will be mentored to produce your own films for acceptance into regional and national festivals and three annual UTulsa film festivals, where our students regularly win awards, including a recent Student Emmy Award. UTulsa alumni find exciting careers with Paramount Pictures, Saturday Night Live, and American Idol. 

Job opportunities:

  • Production coordinator 
  • Director
  • Digital producer 
  • Script supervisor 
  • Screenwriter 
  • Public service official

It didn't take long to get involved at UTulsa; faculty introduced me to my current internship at the John Hope Franklin Center."

DeNiesha Barkus, film studies major
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Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. UTulsa's Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.

      Experiential Learning

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      UTulsa students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at UTulsa. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      UTulsa encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.

      Civic Engagement

    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by UTulsa's job placement guarantee.

      UTulsa is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.

      Job Placement

    Learn more about the department

    The film studies program equips students with analytical skills to understand and interpret film, create powerful stories, and master film production from script to final edits. Access to top-notch equipment, film internships, and mentorship enhances students’ chances of success.

    Department of Film Studies