Program Experience

Our students develop their creative vision, master technical skills, and develop a deep understanding of film history and the future of the film industry. Moviemaker magazine named the PSU School of Film one of the best Northwest schools for outstanding training in criticism and theory.

At PSU, you’ll refine your creative vision while working closely with expert professors who are active in the film industry and in academia. As you pursue your film degree, you’re encouraged to become a part of the film community on campus and in Portland through events, clubs, networking opportunities and off-campus internships. And when you graduate with your film degree, you’ll be ready to jump into professional work in film production or to deepen your studies in graduate school.

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PSU Film Named One of the Best Film Programs in the U.S.

MovieMaker Magazine has named the Portland State University School of Film to the list of Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada for 2021.

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Open for Fall. Open for All.

This fall PSU opens for in-person classes. Design branded media for eco-friendly companies. Collaborate to shine a light on social justice. Think globally to explore feminism through film. Experiment with sound and image. These are just a few of the paths you can travel if you major in Film at Portland State.

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Celebrate: 2021 Spring Showcase

The 2021 Spring Showcase launches on June 7 and we invite you to experience it online at the link below. The School of Film hosts an annual curated showcase of the best in production and writing. Prizes are awarded for best essays and films in various categories. 


As a Film major at Portland State University, you'll meet the friends and make the connections you need to succeed as a filmmaker or film scholar. 

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Student Resources

We believe that the film program thrives when we work as a supportive and collaborative community in class, at internships, and on set. Students work both in groups and solo to gain the widest range of experiences for their future careers.


Film student Hannah Cumming's journey to award-winning filmmaker began at PSU Film

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