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Film Studies Majors


What are you going to do with your major?


Remember, a liberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choices and opportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problems analytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize your thoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation is thinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in a selected major.

“With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece.  With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film.  But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film.”
– Akira Kurosawa

 
 
The following books are available in the Career Center Resource Library (Seegers Union, lower level). The locations of these books are next to the title with the section number:
  • Opportunities in Broadcasting Careers- Elmo I. Ellis COMM
  • Opportunities in Film Careers- Jan Bone and Ana Fernandez COMM
  • Hoover’s Guide to Media Companies- Hoover’s Business Press COMM
  • A Career Handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video, and Interactive Media- Shiona Llewellyn and Sue Walker COMM
  • Careers in Communications and Entertainment- Leonard Mogel COMM
  • Vault Career Guide to Media and Entertainment- Vault Publication COMM
  • 100 Careers in Film and Television- Tanja L. Crouch COMM
  • 100 Best Careers in Entertainment- Shelly Field ARTS
  • Current Jobs in the Performing Arts- Monthly Publication Current Periodicals
 
 
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on the Career Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.
  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a database accessible from the career library computer that provides contact information for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to help students with their career goals.
Examples of Jobs Held by Film Studies Majors:

  • Producer, Film or Television
  • Director, Film or Television
  • Camera Operator
  • Anchorperson
  • Casting Director
  • Screenwriter
  • News Writer
  • Costume Designer
  • Production Assistant, Film or Television
  • Video Jockey
  • Page
  • Location Scout/ Location Manager

  • Television Talk Show Host
  • Film/video Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Grip
  • Lighting Technician
  • Casting Agent
  • Film Critic
  • Arts Journalist
  • Film Professor
  • College-level Production Instructor
  • Film Studio Management


Graduate Programs:
  • Career Center:
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Arts and Architecture (GRAD 38)
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    (GRAD 16)
 
 

Faculty Resources

  Faculty members of the Muhlenberg Film Studies program are excellent resources to find out professions in television and film and other careers pursued by Film Studies majors. In addition, advisors are willing to explore graduate school opportunities and options.
 
 
Professional Associations
 
 
Journal and Other Film-Related Publications:
 
 
Other Film-Related Websites:
  Red Inkworks: Screenwriter’s Resource Page
    Site contains resources for aspiring screenwriters: how to get started, screenwriting blogs, information on forums, workshops and seminars, and screenwriting software.
 
  Indie Films
    A members only site that gives advice to aspiring Indie filmmakers about how to begin their process and fund their film.  Information is also available for potential investors and distributors.
 
  The Internet Movie Database
    All you could ever want to know about tons of mainstream Hollywood movies many independent films.  Site contains information about movie plots, actors, awards, trivia, and much more.
 
  Metaphilm
    A site devoted to exploring and interpreting films, going below the surface. Strongly encourages guest submissions.
 
  The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television
    Information about the famous museum in London, including online exhibits, collections, facilities, education and activities.
 
  The Daily Script
    A site containing the full text of many movie and television scripts available to the public free of charge.
 
  Script Crawler
    Another free, full text site containing movie, television, radio, anime and play scripts.
 
  Cannes Film Festival
    A site all about the Cannes Film Festival: archives of past festivals, information about how to submit a film, awards, and events.
 
  The University of Iowa: Film Studies Resources
    Maintained by the University of Iowa’s Communication Studies Department.  Contains vast amounts of helpful links to databases, archives, commercial information, journals, production, university programs, and much more.

 

The Career Center, Muhlenberg College
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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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