Cinema Studies

Program Description

A certificate from Minneapolis College’s Cinema Studies program provides you with a foundation in the aesthetics, history and critical theory of moving pictures, which can be a springboard for many different careers and options for further study. The program focuses on the study of narrative, documentary and experimental cinema and explores film from around the world and across time periods.


  • Minneapolis College’s Cinema programs are amongst the very few two-year degree programs offered in cinema production in the U.S. The Minneapolis College Cinema Division is the only comprehensive cinema production institution of its kind in the upper Midwest.
  • Minneapolis College’s cinema programs are some of the most affordable programs in the U.S. and cover almost all production costs for students. Since the Cinema Studies program is open to all Minneapolis College students, not just those admitted to the Cinema Division, students do not pay the higher rates charged for most Cinema Division courses.
  • Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, you will receive personal attention from qualified, passionate faculty members who are working professionals and hold MFA or Ph.D. degrees.
  • A diverse student base adds to the creative experience. Students come from all over the world, have varied professional backgrounds and range in age from 18 to 65.
  • Local and nationally recognized industry experts from Hollywood and New York serve as guest speakers and work with students every semester.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

In 2005, the New York Times declared a degree in Cinema Studies “the new MBA,” as moving pictures are the professional language of the future. Indeed, foundation in cinema studies gives you critical thinking and analytical skills that prepare you for further study in any number of disciplines, including a continued education at a four-year institution.

Potential Job Titles

  • Movie reviewer
  • Blog writer
  • Community education teacher
  • Freelancer

Where You Could Work

  • Universities and colleges
  • Museums and Art Centers
  • K-12 and high schools
  • Self employment