Careers in Film & TV
Your degree in Digital Cinema is only the beginning. SOU helps students launch their careers in the film and television industry.
Our optional SOU in LA program takes Digital Cinema majors on a 10 day exploratory trip to Los Angeles, where they will tour studios, vendors, and Hollywood’s top MFA programs, meet with industry leaders and professionals, network with Digital Cinema alumni working in LA, and visit some of the most famous cultural sites and filming locations in Southern California. Past destinations and activities have included Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Chapman-Leonard Dollies & Cranes, Canon USA, Film Tools, IATSE headquarters, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Museum, Angels Stadium, Venice Beach, Hollywood Blvd, and the Hollywood Bowl.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in Digital Cinema related careers are expected to grow “much faster than average” (29% compared to 8% for “all occupations”) over the next decade, with a current median salary of $60,360 per year for Editors and Camera Operators and $79,000 for Producers and Directors. The BLS predicts these careers will grow even faster in Oregon:
According to BLS, SOU’s Digital Cinema program offers students the training they need to enter these exciting careers:
“Most editor and camera operator positions require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting … Coursework involves a mix of film theory with practical training. Film and video editors and camera operators must have an understanding of digital cameras and editing software because both are now used on film sets.”
Graduates of SOU’s Digital Cinema program have entered the entertainment industry in Portland, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles, including union or guild careers. Some have secured jobs in other media sectors, including corporate video, broadcast news, event production, and marketing, and some have even started their own production companies.
Any way you slice it, a degree in Digital Cinema is a wise financial investment.
While a graduate degree is not required for a career in film and television production, some student filmmakers will choose to pursue their MFA degree after completing their undergraduate studies at SOU. Past Digital Cinema alumni have been accepted into such top-ranked graduate programs in film as USC, Chapman, Loyola Marymount, and Syracuse. Every SOU student interested in pursuing their terminal degree in film production or screenwriting will receive extensive advising support from faculty as they put together their graduate school application packages, and they will also have opportunities to hear from alumni who have attended top grad schools.