What Can I do With a Degree in Film?

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Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising and Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N​​​​​​​

  • Actor
  • Animator
  • First Camera Assistant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Screen Writer
  • Cable TV Production/Training Coordinator
  • Film Editor
  • Multimedia Designer

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Professional Associations

  • ASIFA-Portland (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
  • ASIFA-Seattle (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
  • American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists, and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.
  • American Film Institute — AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, and digital media.
  • The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers — The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers is a honorary fraternal organization of professional men and women who work as camera assistants.
  • Association of Independent Video and Filmmaker (AVIF) — The mission of Independent Media Publications is to inform, encourage, and mobilize independent and grassroot media-makers.
  • Directors Guild of America ( DGA) — The DGA seeks to protect directional teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.
  • Mid-Oregon Production Arts Network (MOPAN) — "a non-profit professional trade organization representing those in the media production arts."
  • Motion Picture Editors Guild — The Motion Picture Editors (MPEG) is a national labor organization currently representing over 6,000 freelance and staff post-production professionals. Ours is the world's premiere craft guild that sets the standards for excellence in the post-production industry. The requirements to become a member of the Guild and placed on our Industry Experience Roster ensures the highest level of professionalism.
  • Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) — "OMPA is the largest nonprofit film, video and multimedia association in Oregon." Provides forums for networking and professional development. Search The Source: Oregon's Media Production Directory.
  • POWER UP! — Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP!
  • Reel Women — An Austin, Texas, non-profit organization that provides a support system for women at all levels of experience in the film and video industries.
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) — "...professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image."
  • University Film and Video Association (UFVA) — "UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers."
  • Women in Film (WIF)/Seattle — "WIF/Seattle is a professional, nonprofit organization supporting and advancing the work and opportunities for women in films, video, television, and new media."
  • Writers Guild of America — To promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of all writers of literary material in the fields of radio, free television, pay television, basic cable television, informational programming, video discs/video cassettes, and theatrical motion pictures and other related industries.

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Film Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Film Majors



  • EntertainmentCareer.net — Entertainment jobs and internships listings at Studios, Networks, Production Companies, Record Companies, TV and Radio Stations, VFX, Animation, Broadcasting.
  • Film and Video Jobs — For jobs in the New England area. From NewEnglandFilm.com.
  • OffstageJobs.com — The National Resource for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry.
  • ProductionHUB.com — The Production Search Engine.
  • Showbizjobs.com — The Entertainment Professional Network.
  • The Riley Guide — Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet.
  • Variety — Media and entertainment industry jobs online.

Northwest Organizations Supporting Film/Digital Media/Moving Image Arts


  • Film Action Oregon — Mission is to "foster the growth and development of film and video in the state of Oregon; to enhance the artistic, cultural and education development and understanding of Oregonians; and to engage in relevant, related community development."
  • Northwest Documentary Arts and Media — Mission is "to create, instruct, and share the art of documentary storytelling."
  • Northwest FilmCenter — A "regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education and information programs..."


Film-Related Government Agencies

Film/Television/Video/Multimedia Production Companies in Portland, Oregon

Communications/Design Firms in Portland, Oregon

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School of Theater + Film: Film Major - Portland State University

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