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Career Paths

“Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.”

Martin Scorsese

Film studies student

Students can take film courses to enhance their liberal education by cultivating critical and aesthetic knowledge, or they may use their studies to enter a variety of professions.

Career paths may include:

  • Teaching
  • Filmmaking
  • Writing
  • Work in the film/television industry
  • Advertising
  • Computer software
  • Graphic design
  • Entertainment law
  • Production finance

Some students choose to apply to graduate programs in film, film and literature, and interdisciplinary studies. Also, students may pursue technical training in editing, cinematography, directing and screenwriting.

Dr. Patti McCarthy Discusses the Value of a Film Education


In this interview by Bob Fisher, film professor Dr. Patti McCarthy discusses the value of a film education and provides a glimpse of student involvement in film production at Pacific.