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Study a graduate program in film, video and television

What will I study in a graduate program in film, video and TV?

Graduate programs in film, video and TV are often focused on the production of content for film companies and TV channels. You should expect your postgraduate course to focus on the technical skills required in this industry, from filming and editing to creative scripting and directing.

Another strand of study in film, video and TV is its history. There are many postgraduate courses dedicated to film history and its cultural significance. These postgraduate courses generally lend themselves to a future career in academia and research.

Length of program

The length of your graduate program in film, video and TV will depend on the country and type of course you choose to study. As a guide, you should expect the course to last around the following lengths, with plenty of focus on work placements and on-the-job training.

  • UK- 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-3 years

Entry requirements

Getting on a graduate program in film, video and TV is more about the creativity you demonstrate than the previous qualifications you have. Although a relevant design or technical skill will help, it’s more important to demonstrate work experience and knowledge than to have a particular qualification.

Career development

Once you have completed your graduate course in film, video and TV you should be ready to enter the film and TV production industry. It is important that you use your time at university to develop a portfolio of work and contacts that will help you land that first job. Many graduates start as runners or junior editors in production suites, getting to grips with the industry and different software in use.  

Some areas of work that postgraduate film, video and TV students work in include:

  • Production
  • Film industry
  • Advertising
  • Social media
  • Journalism

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate film, video and TV programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course. You will often be able to supplement your earnings during your studies with freelance contracts and paid work experience.

The average tuition fees per year of graduate programs in film, video and TV are listed below:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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