Your Career

What can you do with a degree in Cinema?

The vast majority of Cinema graduates will change professions several times in their working lifetime; many will move in, out and within an expanding and ever-changing film and media industry. In order to best equip our students to meet these challenges, we prepare them for a host of professions by emphasizing creative and critical thinking, writing and public speaking, and knowledge of diverse cultural forms of expression. We also believe that students should complement their classroom knowledge with practical experience gained through an internship. Our program helps to provide this opportunity, offering internships in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and beyond to connect students with mentors in film, television and digital media.

Many students ask what professions they might enter upon graduating from Cinema at State. The list below provides some suggestions for students and is organized by the main pathways you might pursue as a Cinema major:


  • TBA

Media and Culture

  • Film and Media Educator
  • Film and Television Archivist
  • Film and TV Critic/Journalist
  • Film and Media Preservationist
  • Graduate School (M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D)
  • Media Arts Organizer
  • Media Relations
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Media Researcher
  • Multimedia Development/Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Radio/Television Commentator


  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Narrative Director
  • Film Producer
  • Assistant Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Gaffer/Grip
  • Continuity Supervisor
  • Art Director
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Picture Editor
  • Sound Editor
  • Post Sounds Mixer
  • Color Grader
  • Filmmaking Instructor
  • Film Festival Curator


  • Creative Executive
  • Graduate School (Production)
  • Literary Agent
  • Manager
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Story Analyst
  • Story Editor
  • Television Writer
  • Video Game Writer