Cinema Production

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  • 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 film school programs in the U.S. and tuition covers almost all production costs for students.
  • Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, students 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.
  • Up-to-date technology strengthens the programs’ practical experience. Students have access to the latest software, cameras and equipment as well as production and post-production facilities and studios. Students use film and digital technology in their productions.
  • Local and nationally recognized industry experts from Hollywood and New York serve as guest speakers and work with students every semester.
  • Former student achievements have included: producing a Super Bowl ad that was the most-watched television commercial of all time; writing and producing a short film that qualified for consideration as a 2010 Oscar nomination; earning the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship Award in 2009; receiving Bush Foundation Artist Fellowships, and winning a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, one of the most prestigious screenwriting prizes in the world

Program Description

Minneapolis College's Cinema Production certificate integrates the language and aesthetics of cinema with film and digital video technology to support you in becoming a filmmaker. The intensive one-year core curriculum is a hands-on introduction to the filmmaking process, fusing cutting-edge technology and affordable professional training with an outstanding liberal arts education to help you become – above all – a compelling visual storyteller.

Program Details


Occupational Outlook

Nationally, the number of jobs in the entertainment industry is expected to increase through the year 2016 as a growing population enjoys movies as entertainment. There is strong demand for productions from foreign and domestic television, cable television, pay TV services and feature film markets. In addition, computer and Internet services are providing new outlets for film productions.

The job outlook is best for camera operators, computer specialists, multimedia artists, film and video editors, and others who are skilled in digital filming, editing, and computer-generated imaging. Good opportunities are also expected for broadcast and sound engineering technicians and craftspeople such as gaffers and set construction workers.

Where You Could Work

  • Film and movie production companies
  • Film and video production houses
  • Independent home video production companies
  • In-house production departments within retail stores and corporations
  • Local and national cable access stations
  • Television stations
  • Universities and colleges
  • K-12 and high schools
  • Self employment

Potential Job Titles

  • Production Assistant
  • Production Technician
  • Director of Photography
  • Studio Camera Operator
  • Filmmaker
  • Independent Producer