Undergraduate Programs in

Film

Dream of working on a movie set? Learn the craft and develop your unique, creative vision with the help of award-winning filmmakers, just miles from New York City, one of the world’s biggest film production centers.

Curriculum

Four distinct degree options allow you to choose a course of study based on your interests: 

 

BA in Film Studies and Production

Designed for the student who is interested in the creation and production of narrative or documentary feature or short films; you'll study writing, designing, directing, and editing films in traditional and digital formats. 

 

BS in Video/Television and Film

Prepares students for careers with a more technical, specialized approach to television, video, and film production; courses include advanced theatrical production, television technologies, multi-camera production, and a production practicum.

BFA in Filmmaking

Allows students to take a wider range of specialized courses in various aspects of the craft—such as cinematography, sound design, editing, digital post-production, and screenwriting.

 

Writing for the Screen

Provides instruction for dramatic writers across all platforms, offering deep study in professional writing practice in pre-professional settings, to prepare our graduates to excel in “writing rooms” for all manner of screen media, new and old.

Learn from Experts

Meet Professor Russell Harbaugh

Writer/director Russell Harbaugh’s feature debut, Love After Love, won critical acclaim when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was ranked among 2018’s best films. He was named to Variety magazine’s 2020 list of top educators around the world, and teaches screenwriting and script analysis.  

The Outlook

You'll be prepared for many career options such as 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. According to a recent alumni survey:

 

97%

Job, grad school or both

90%

Accepted a job within six months of graduation

$57K

Average salary for the first year following graduation

The Student Experience

Paramount Pictures, Sundance Film Festival, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, Viacom Media Networks, and the Walt Disney Company - just a few of the prominent companies where our students have recently interned.  

Express your creativity, explore potential career paths, sharpen your skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, study abroad, campus media outlets, and student organizations. 

 

Alumni Success

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:

  • AMC Networks
  • BuzzFeed
  • Discovery Inc.
  • HBO
  • Marvel Entertainment
  • Netflix
  • Paramount Television
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Vice Media Group
  • WWE
  • YouTube Originals

Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:

  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • Brooklyn School for Screenwriting
  • American Film Institute
  • Chapman University

State of the Art Learning Spaces

Learn and create with the latest in field/mobile gear and in state-of-the-art spaces that include three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras, several edit rooms, a post-production color correction suite, Foley/ADR audio studio, and a large screening room.

Bring your artistic vision to life

Questions about our program?

Contact Us

Rodney Hill, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Radio, Television, Film

rodney.f.hill@hofstra.edu

 

William Jennings, MFA

Associate Professor and Film Area Coordinator

william.jennings@hofstra.edu