Create a World of Your Own

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. 

Film and Television Media Lab

Program Highlights

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Career Outlook

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


projected employment growth through 2030


median salary for producers and directors

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Major 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.

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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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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


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 (B.A.)

Shawn Kildea

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Fine Arts Building

skildea [at]


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