Career Development

Cinema Studies

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College. Discover more about the B.A. in Cinema Studies and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty.

Want to find out more about a major? Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Cinema Studies major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Ability to write and speak clearly
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Research and gathering information
  • Measure media effects
  • Attention to detail
  • Synthesizing information


  • Actor/Actress
  • Casting Assistant 
  • Casting Director 
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Design
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Drama Coach 
  • Educator
  • Entertainment Writer
  • Film Distributor
  • Film Editor
  • Film Festival Organizer
  • Film Production
  • Independent Filmmaker
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Personal Asst. to Director 
  • Press Agent 
  • Producer 
  • Production Assistant
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Supervisor
  • Scriptwriter 
  • Story Editor
  • Studio Merchandising
  • Talent Agent
  • Talent Representative 
  • Television Production
  • Theater Manager


  • Film Studios
  • Television Networks
  • Cable Television Stations
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Educational Institutions
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines/ Newspapers
  • Talent Agencies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - Society for Cinema & Media Studies - Center for Communications - American Film Institute - Association for Independent Film Makers - Non profit organization for independent film makers - Non profit film association - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Internships and jobs in the media - The Entertainment Professionals Network - International Film & TV Production Resources - Job and industry information in the media - Site for the professional creative marketplace - NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting - Search site for jobs in film, television, video, live event and digital media production. - View job and internship opportunities at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Updated  7/15

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