Film Production

As a film production minor, you will have an opportunity to get an overview of what it takes to make a film, some specialized training in a specific craft and an opportunity to collaborate with other students on making a festival-ready short film. Our alumni have success finding production and post-production jobs, both in the area and in Los Angeles, California. 

Program Highlights

  • Production classes are taught by a production experienced professor in both above-the-line (director, producer) and below-the-line (cinematography, art department, sound) positions.
  • In collaboration with the theatre program, we offer an opportunity of taking an acting/directing for camera course alongside theatre acting students.
  • We provide professional lighting and camera equipment to get students started on careers in camera and grip and electric departments.
  • As a capstone for the program, students take a workshop class, where they collaborate on two short films in groups of four, performing a specific role (director, producer, cinematographer, production designer).
  • Every year the department brings distinguished guest artists. Past visiting directors include: Cynthia Wade, Godfrey Reggio and Moon Molson, among others.
  • The minor encourages cross-disciplinary experiences. Students are required to take an elective in art, creative writing, communication studies, mass communications, theatre or music.

Program Distinctions

  • Our alumni have had success finding production and post-production jobs with National Geographic, Mammal Studios, ACowSay Cinema, Triglass Productions and freelance.
  • Two competitive merit scholarships: The Ronald G. Perrier Film Scholarship ($1,000-$1,500) and Dale and Gretchen Swanson Film Scholarship ($500-$1,000).
  • The St Cloud Film Festival annually screens a curated selection of our student and alumni work. 

Popular Careers

  • Videographer
  • Production assistant
  • Assistant director
  • Cinematographer
  • Grip/Dolly grip
  • Wardrobe, props
  • Art director
  • Editor

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