Study Film at Portland State

PSU Film students work together to create daring new work.

“Our goal is to embrace new technologies and expand our ideas about what film can mean to people.”

-Dr. Mark Berrettini, Director of the School of Film

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. PSU is one of the best Northwest film schools, where you'll be challenged and inspired by a comprehensive film program that unites film theory and film production.

Portland is a great place to start your film career. With a thriving film scene and the most independent movie theaters per person in the country, it's no wonder MovieMaker magazine calls Portland one of the top 10 cities for filmmakers.

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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Film editing with Professor Dustin Morrow

Courses that match your interests

“Anyone can learn the mechanics of making a movie, but film theory classes cultivate a deeper knowledge.”

-McKenzie Blake, Film major

First-year students can start film classes right away, studying Film Analysis and introductory Film Production. With those prerequisites under your belt, you can select from an expansive set of classes. You’ll get a broad-based education while tailoring your studies to your particular interests. 

Types of courses

  • narrative, documentary or experimental film production
  • game design
  • screenwriting
  • film history
  • film analysis
  • 3D production

PSU Film students use state-of-the art equipment.

Find your crew on campus

“Our program is geared towards students interested in the process of filmmaking, not just the product. We want students that are excited to achieve their storytelling goals through hard work and collaboration.”

-Courtney Hermann, professor and documentary filmmaker.

As a member of the film program, you’ll be a part of a vibrant community. The School of Film regularly hosts screening and talks with professional filmmakers and scholars.  At the annual student film showcase, students are awarded cash prizes for outstanding filmmaking and scholarship—plus there’s a screening of the best student films. All year long, you can watch movies for free at the 5th Avenue Cinema, the on-campus movie theater run by students, or join the PSU TV student group for even more opportunities to collaborate on large projects. Along the way, you'll make friends and build connections that will influence the course of your career. 

 

Your career in film

“The most valuable lesson I learned from my internship on Portlandia was that professionals appreciate efficiency. Do what you are supposed to do and do it well, and this will definitely help you get re-hired.” 

-Julie Lew, Film major and "Portlandia" intern

Portland is a popular city for film, TV and production work. Because our Northwest film school is located right in the city, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience in the film industry. Our students have interned on TV shows like "Portlandia" and "The Librarians," worked on independent films, assisted local equipment and production companies, and helped to plan Portland film festivals. We believe that hands-on knowledge is a critical part of our film program, giving you context for what you learn in the classroom.