Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a film production degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,750 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

4% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,663 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

8% above average compared to other degrees

$ 35,935 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

11% above average compared to other degrees

What do film production graduates earn?

Film production students make an average of $58,862 per year after graduation. This is 12% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 58,862 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 32% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular film production schools in the US

There are 308 schools in the US that offer a film production degree. The film production schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, Boston University and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in film production per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Stanford University$49,617
University of California-Riverside$13,917
Columbia University in the City of New York$57,208
University of Central Florida$6,368
Temple University$16,658
Florida State University$5,656
San Francisco State University$7,254

Top US schools for a film production degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering film production degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Wesleyan University16%$52,804
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910
California Institute of the Arts24%$47,446
Boston University25%$52,082
New York University28%$50,464
Southwestern Assemblies of God University28%$19,994
American University29%$46,615

Cheapest US schools for a film production degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a film production degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Cosumnes River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Diego City College$1,142
Santa Monica College$1,142
College of the Canyons$1,154
Chaffey College$1,170
West Valley College$1,183
Orange Coast College$1,186
Los Angeles Valley College$1,220
Los Angeles City College$1,220

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