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BA Film

In the School of Film, you are challenged and inspired by a comprehensive Film program at Portland State University that unites film theory and filmmaking as you make the connections you need to succeed as a filmmaker or film scholar.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

PSU offers one of the best Northwest film schools, a place where you refine your creative vision and work with outstanding professors who are active in the film industry and in academia.

As you pursue your Film program at Portland State University, you’re encouraged to become a part of the film community on campus and in Portland through events, clubs, networking opportunities, and off-campus internships.

And when you graduate with your film degree, you’ll be ready to jump into the profession or deepen your studies in graduate school. First-year students can start studying Film Analysis and Filmmaking right away.

With those prerequisites under your belt, you can select from an expansive set of classes as you receive a broad-based education in film studies and filmmaking.


Graduates of our Northwest film school have worked in television and streaming shows such as Portlandia, American Vandal, and Shrill; on films (such as Leave No Trace) in Portland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City; for advertising agencies and in commercial production; and as film programmers for theaters and festivals.

Many of our students have also pursued careers that focus on film analysis, theory, and history. Our graduates have gone on to PhD, MA, and MFA programs at institutions such as Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Chicago, Brown University, Concordia University (Montreal), University of New Orleans, Florida State University, Chapman University, University of British Columbia, and University of New Mexico.


Courses Included

  • Film Analysis
  • Advanced Film Analysis
  • Documentary Film Production
  • Narrative Film Production
  • Film History
  • Portfolio and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Film Theory