​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a cinema studies minor, you’ll become part of the only self-standing academic department in Michigan that focuses on all aspects of film, broadcast and electronic media. Experienced faculty members will teach you how to analyze films of all genres, eras and directorial styles. You’ll gain an in-depth look at film history while also learning the social and cultural impact it has on the world and even on your own life. Film is arguably one of the most popular, dynamic and expressive artistic media.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

A cinema studies minor is helpful for the following jobs:

  • all aspects of the film and media industries (producer, director, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, music composer, actor, production assistant, film archivist, or advertising and marketing consultant.)
  • journalism (film and media reviewers, critics and entertainment-industry reporters for outlets such newspapers, magazines, TV and radio, as well as for digital media)
  • education on all levels (using film to teach critical/analytical skills in content areas such as literature, history, sociology, music, art, cultural literacy and film itself).

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Director/producer$71,620 per year12% (16,500 more jobs)
Film/video editor$58,210 per year13% (7,600 more jobs)
Writer/author$61,820 per year8% (10,000 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the broadcast and cinematic arts website or contact:

Dr. Heather Polinsky
Moore Hall 344
Email: polin1he@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3851
Fax: 989-774-2426