Program overview

Learn the secrets behind successful production in small, hands-on classes. Students begin working with industry-standard film equipment and produce their own work in their first year. In addition to class projects, internships and co-ops, students gain valuable experience in producing and directing short films, television programs by participating in student-run television and film clubs. *Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


projected employment growth through 2030*


median salary for producers and directors*

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Program requirements

The film and television program combines coursework in narrative and documentary film production, screenwriting, and film and TV studies. In addition to courses required for the major, students will have the opportunity to study specific filmmaking disciplines in more detail, as well as minor in film and media studies.

From viewer to creator

Whether your interest is in production, post production, writing and direction, or all of the above, Rider prepares you for a career in film, television and new media. Rider graduates have gone on to work for major movie studios, post production houses, television stations and talent agencies. 

Common careers:

  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Documentarian
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
Anita Chomenko Class of 2016
Rider gave me the opportunity to build on my creative experience and get involved right away. Each week I had new opportunities to keep shooting, keep editing and keep learning.
Anita Chomenko '16
Film and Television (B.A.)
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Learning by doing

Rider’s film and television faculty bring their creativity and industry experience to the classroom, and build strong mentoring relationships with students, to challenge and inspire them to explore their artistic freedom and support them to take their ability to the next level.

Film and television faculty also provide individualized support and mentorship to ensure the program and experiential learning opportunities are tailored specifically to your creative goals, and offer assistance with internship placement.

Film and Television Media Lab

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Film and Television (B.A.)

Shawn Kildea

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Department of Media Arts

Fine Arts Building

skildea [at]


Academic Focus: Film and Television

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