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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

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

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.afi.com - American Film Institute
www.aivf.org - Association for Independent Film Makers
www.filmindependent.org - Non profit organization for independent film makers
www.afci.org - Non profit film association
www.mpaa.org - Motion Picture Association of America
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Internships and jobs in the media
www.showbizjobs.com - The Entertainment Professionals Network
www.mandy.com - International Film & TV Production Resources
www.mediabistro.com - Job and industry information in the media
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.nyc.gov/film - NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
www.productionhub.com - Search site for jobs in film, television, video, live event and digital media production.
www.movingimage.us - View job and internship opportunities at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  8/14