School of Motion Pictures & Television

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of filmmaking at the Academy’s film school. Study with professionals working in the entertainment industry, including Academy and Emmy Award winners, as they teach you their craft through hands-on filmmaking experience.

Direct. Produce. Shoot. Edit. Production Design. Write. Crew up and follow your passion for creating entertainment. Master postproduction software, acquire VR experience, delve into drone and VFX cinematography, explore documentary filmmaking, commercials and music videos…the choice is yours.

By the time you graduate from the School of Motion Pictures & Television, you will have created a thesis film, reel or portfolio that showcases your talents and industry preparedness.



What We Teach

Follow your passion for creating entertainment. Specialize in one area of filmmaking while learning to collaborate with the other key players on a crew.

Capture stories in images. Light and shoot. Work efficiently, economically and collaboratively. Acquire proper set protocols.
Collaborate with writers and producers to develop engaging projects. Work creatively with actors on set. Guide a crew in production and postproduction. Bring stories to life.
Marry the visual imagery with sound, music, and visual effects. Edit the strands of each storyline together for the audience.
Learn the business of the industry. Supervise entertainment projects from development through production, postproduction, marketing, and exhibition. Bring stories to audiences.
Production Design
Apply design concepts to create a visual style. Assemble and lead art department crews. Design the unique look of each story.
Weave ideas into stories. Create engaging characters. Drive a story through conflicts and challenges. Build the spine of your story.

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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Department Reel

Come learn from industry insiders how to make award-winning content. Our program is run by a multiple Academy Award winner and 11-time Oscar Nominee. Our faculty have won all the major awards in the entertainment industry and held top-level positions at many major film and television studios.

Start Your Career Now

Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Facilities & Technology

The latest motion pictures and television software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the work force as a filmmaker or producer, which is why we keep up with current advancements in technology and industry practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.


Our instructors work in creative businesses, providing you with invaluable knowledge that comes from their personal expertise, as well as networking opportunities that can lead to internships and rewarding careers.

Student Work

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Careers in Motion Pictures & Television

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our motion picture and television facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in the industry. VIEW ALL CAREERS

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Capture the action working as a Cinematographer, Camera Operator, 1st Assistant Camera, 2nd Assistant Camera, Loader, Media Manager, Gaffer, Electrician, Key Grip, Dolly Grip, Still Photographer in the Camera Department, or Visual Effects Camera Person.
Work as a Director in Features, Television, Documentaries, Social Media, Industrials or Commercials, or Virtual Reality. Work as a Script Supervisor, 1st Assistant Director, or perform 2nd Unit Directing.
Production Design
Create the look and feel of the set as a Production Designer, Art Director, Art Department Coordinator, Set Dresser, Props Master, or Scenic Artist.
Write features, television, short form content and if you choose, documentaries.
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