Online Bachelor of Arts in Film – Film and Media Studies

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in film with a concentration in film and media studies focuses on the critical analysis of film, television, gaming and new media. In this online film degree, you’ll explore the cultural, social and economic factors influencing the complex film and media landscape. You can expect to build talents related to criticism, advanced discussion and thoughtful consumption of media.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 39

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is film and media studies?

Film and media studies centers on advanced analysis of many forms of media beyond the film and television industry, including video games, social media and streaming services. This discipline focuses on building a comprehensive understanding of media and entertainment technologies through a historical, theoretical and analytical lens. Perhaps most importantly, it also explores the many ways in which film and media shape our understanding of social and cultural life.

What can you do with a film and media studies degree concentration?

This online film and media studies degree concentration is ideal for you if you’re looking to build media literacy skills that can be applied to multiple industries. Throughout this program, you’ll learn how media functions as an industry and how to approach its development, production and distribution processes. This prepares you to become a critical consumer and rigorous scholar of media, both past and present.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to apply your skills in film, television, media analysis, history and writing. You can become a specialist in media policy, strategy, research, marketing, social media and branding.

What internships and resources are available through this film and media studies program?

During the course of your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a variety of hands-on internships and activities. Additionally, you can benefit from a variety of on-campus resources that are available to online learners, including:

  • Association of Filmmakers at ASU (AFA).
  • ASU Film Alliance.
  • ASU Student Film Festival.
  • Entertainment Business Association.
  • Fade In: The Screenwriters' Club at ASU.
  • Hollywood Invades Tempe.
  • Tempe Underground.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Film and media studies courses

Throughout this film and media studies degree concentration’s curriculum, you’ll delve into the world of film, digital media, television studies, computer games and screenwriting. From lectures and screenings to critical readings and online discussions, you’ll learn from experienced and dedicated ASU film and media studies faculty members with strong records of scholarly publication and experience in the professional entertainment industry.

Curriculum includes a core set of courses that establish foundational knowledge and hone the analytic and interpretive skills needed in this field. You can customize your educational path through a wide range of electives as you progress through the program.


FMS 100: Introduction to Film and Media Studies (HUAD OR HU)


FMS 200: Film and Media History (HU & H)


FMS 380: Race and Gender in U.S. Media (HUAD OR HU & C)


FMS 300: Television Studies (HUAD OR L or HU)


Film and media studies jobs you’ll be prepared for

This online film and media studies degree concentration can open doors to a range of careers in many fields. Upon completion, you’ll have the talents needed to become a leader in distinct areas of media and entertainment, such as creative management, criticism, development and marketing. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Communications Specialist


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $73,150

Executive Producer


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $85,320

Film Editor


Growth: 9.4 %
Salary: $63,520

Freelance Writer


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $73,150

Public Relations Manager (PR Manager)


Growth: 5.9 %
Salary: $129,430

Public Relations Specialist


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $67,440

TV Program Director


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $85,320

Talent Agent


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $82,530

Technical Director


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $85,320

Educational leaders with a wealth of knowledge and experience

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Educational leaders with a wealth of knowledge and experience

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

A college committed to diverse and enriching learning opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$170 million


in research expenditures in 2022.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

100+


undergraduate degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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