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2023 Film Popularity

There are about 12,700 students enrolled in Film in the USA.

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Film is the 95th most popular degree in America, with 4,120 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #96 Architecture, and narrowly lost to #94 Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences.

The degree is offered at a total of 187 colleges across the nation, and is the 108th most widely offered degree. Given that film is offered at 47% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that more or less 3 out of 7 colleges offering film are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The far west produces the most film graduates, largely led by California State University-Long Beach, while it’s the Big West Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Long Beach and University of California-Santa Barbara.

All that being said, no individual school produces more film graduates than American Film Institute Conservatory, which graduated 283 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study film). More students studied film as a percentage of total students at Columbia College Hollywood than any other college.

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