Program overview

Learn the secrets behind successful production in small, hands-on classes. Students begin working with industry-standard film equipment and produce their own work in their first year. In addition to class projects, internships and co-ops, students gain valuable experience in producing and directing short films, television programs by participating in student-run television and film clubs. *Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


projected job openings for film and video editors and camera operators each year


median salary for producers and directors in 2022*

Students in a studio

Program requirements

The film and television program combines coursework in narrative and documentary film production, screenwriting, and film and TV studies. In addition to courses required for the major, students will have the opportunity to study specific filmmaking disciplines in more detail, as well as minor in film and media studies.

Semester in Los Angeles

The Semester in L.A. program offers students a semester of study in the heart of the film and television industries. Students benefit from small classes; participate in internships directly related to their interests; and have access to industry professionals through internships, studio visits and as guest speakers.

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From viewer to creator

Whether your interest is in production, post production, writing and direction, or all of the above, Rider prepares you for a career in film, television and new media. Rider graduates have gone on to work for major movie studios, post production houses, television stations and talent agencies. 

Common careers:

  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Documentarian
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
Anita Chomenko Class of 2016
Rider gave me the opportunity to build on my creative experience and get involved right away. Each week I had new opportunities to keep shooting, keep editing and keep learning.
Anita Chomenko '16
Film and Television (B.A.)
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Learning by doing

Rider’s film and television faculty bring their creativity and industry experience to the classroom, and build strong mentoring relationships with students, to challenge and inspire them to explore their artistic freedom and support them to take their ability to the next level.

Film and television faculty also provide individualized support and mentorship to ensure the program and experiential learning opportunities are tailored specifically to your creative goals, and offer assistance with internship placement.

Film and Television Media Lab

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Film and Television (B.A.)

Dr. Shawn Kildea

Associate Professor, Department Chairperson, Tapestry Lead Advisor/Co-founder

Department of Media Arts

Fine Arts Building

skildea [at]


Academic Focus: Film and Television

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