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Film

Overview

If you have always dreamed of working on a movie set, a film degree from Hofstra University will give you the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities, learn the craft and develop your unique, creative vision with the help of professors who are award-winning filmmakers, and do it all  just a quick train ride from the best backlot in the world - New York City.

Whether you're interested in the creative or technical side of film production, your Hofstra degree will help you channel your interests and skills into many career options including director, producer, editor, screenwriter, script supervisor, cinematographer, makeup or special effects specialist, location manager, light technician, art director, sound mixer, boom operator, set designer, and camera operator.

The job outlook for a variety of roles in the film and video production industry is strong. Job growth for film and video editors, and camera operators is expected to increase 13 percent by 2026, and the national median salary is $58,210 annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For producers and directors, the media salary is $71,260 and job growth is projected to rise 12 percent.

At Hofstra, you’ll study the great filmmakers and apply what you've learned with a range of real-world experiences - in the classroom, through campus programming, and at high-profile internships with global film, television, and entertainment giants.  You'll learn the storytelling skills to bring your artistic vision to life. And unlike many other schools, you can take advantage of these opportunities starting with your very first semester at Hofstra.

For classwork, collaborative projects, and extracurricular shows and activities, our students have access to three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras (Hofstra was among the first universities to acquire this equipment) , several edit rooms, a color correction suite, a large screening room, and the latest in field/mobile gear.

Hofstra film students, alumni and faculty have been recognized by some of the most famous film festivals in the world, among them the Cannes Film Festival, the Sedona International Film Festival, the Harlem Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival.

By graduation, you'll have written and pitched a feature-length screenplay or mastered a key area of production work such as cinematography, sound, or editing.  You'll learn the craft and with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, you'll also have the critical thinking skills and flexibility needed to adapt your craft to a constantly changing world. It's no wonder that Hofstra University's Department of Radio, Television, Film was recently named to Variety magazine's list of the nation's best film schools because of its talented faculty, professional facilities, strong internship program, and access to endless career resources in the media capital of the world.

Curriculum

The film program offers a robust slate of courses that covers all aspects of filmmaking and will strengthen your individual interests and abilities.  You'll study the theoretical, historical and cinematic foundations of film and learn the storytelling skills necessary to bring your artistic vision to life.  In addition, the program also invites several industry professionals for special master classes every semester on subjects such as directing, producing, animation, and special effects.

There are two film degree options to consider:

The BA in Film Studies and Production is designed for the student who is interested in the creation and production of narrative or documentary feature or short films. This comprehensive program allows you to study film theory and history while writing, designing, directing, and editing films in traditional and digital formats. Students in the BA program are required to complete a liberal arts minor.  

The BS in Video/Television and Film prepares students for careers involving a more technical, specialized approach to television, video and film production.  Courses include advanced theatrical production, television technologies, multi-camera production, a production practicum, as well as a science and computer science component.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Film Studies and Production
BS in Video/Television and Film

There are also minors in Film Studies and Radio, Television, Film.

As a film major, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and analyze film form and style, production techniques, and various theories of film language as you study genres ranging from horror, sci-fi, and the Western to national cinemas such as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, and French new wave.
  • Develop short narrative films using principles of continuity filmmaking, as well as learn how cameras operate and how films are constructed from scripting through editing.
  • Explore storytelling approaches in documentary filmmaking by creating production projects focusing on social, political, cultural, and personal themes. Working individually or in groups, students are guided through the conceptual and technical skills required to produce a short documentary.
  • Examine the art and craft of screenwriting including concepts of premise and meaning, character development, effective use of dialogue and imagery, genre, and act-structure; students will come away with an understanding of story that will strengthen their skills in all areas of filmmaking.
  • Study techniques of studio and location lighting to understand the importance of light to telling a story. Students learn how to visualize the script and light for the actors; film emulsions, exposure, filters, camera placement, composition, movement, and continuity are covered.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many Hofstra film graduates go on to careers in independent filmmaking, while others obtain positions with prestigious employers or continue their studies at top graduate schools. Recent alumni work at companies such as Marvel Entertainment, Netflix, Vice Media, Lionsgate, News 12 Long Island, Goldcrest Films, 3 Axis Studios, and Radio City Music Hall. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Columbia University, New York University, Boston University, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art & Design, and elsewhere.

Herbert School of Communication Outcomes

98% are employed, grad school or both
90% accept a position within six months
$40K median salary
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Internships & Experiential Learning

Attending school just 25 miles from the media capital of the world significantly improves your chance of securing valuable internships that are almost sure to advance your career. Whatever your career plans, there are scores of internship possibilities in New York City and on Long Island that offer real-world experiences beyond the classroom.

Students average about three internships during their time at Hofstra. That kind of exposure helps them build professional networks and gain invaluable experience before they even get their degree.

Our students have recently interned with Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Marvel Entertainment, Starz Entertainment, Working Pictures, ABC, CNN, HBO, NFL Films, and Viacom Media Networks, among many other prominent companies.  

You’ll also enhance your education with numerous on-campus opportunities to gain hands-on experience and exposure:

The annual Hofstra Student Film Festival presents a public screening and awards ceremony for the year's best student films.  Several works have gone on to win recognition at regional, national, and international film festivals.  

The Hofstra Filmmakers Club is open to students of all majors as a creative outlet to learn and grow as a filmmaker, with no experience required. Students can bring their own scripts and ideas, work on clubmates' productions, and submit their work to film festivals.  

At the HEAT Network, student-run television productions include sports shows (Sports Beat), news programming (Hofstra Today), talk shows (Two Weeks Notice), and sketch comedy and live music (Thursday Night Live).  

In addition, you can hone your skills as a director, technical director, camera operator, and special effects/graphics operator by joining Hofstra University's Pride Productions. Students produce live online broadcasts of select Hofstra events, including NCAA Division I athletics, getting hands-on experience with state of the art HD broadcast systems.

A strong alumni network – which includes Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola -- also provides valuable career connections, and many of our students are hired for internships and jobs by Hofstra graduates working in the field.  There are also opportunities for students to network with industry leaders and Hofstra alumni working in all areas of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, and live and work as part of a pro-bono media production team in Rome, the Eternal City.

Facilities

Facilities

At the Herbert School, you'll learn in and on state-of-the art-production and post-production facilities and equipment.  You can express your creativity, sharpen skills, and network with working professionals starting the moment you step foot on campus.

For classwork, collaborative projects, and extracurricular shows and activities, students have access to three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras, several edit rooms, a post production color correction suite and a Foley/ADR audio studio, a large screening room, and the latest in field/mobile gear.

The News Hub, a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom, contains Avid Media Composer digital editing software with ENPS integration, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and the Adobe Media Suite.

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Meet ADRIAN SABA

 
 

Watch Hofstra students, including Adrian Saba, on the sets of their films and hear about the passion that drives them. Just three years after graduation, Saba’s directorial debut, El Limpiador (The Cleaner), was submitted as Peru's official entry for the Oscars' best foreign language film category. His second feature, El Sonador (The Dreamer), premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.