UNLV FILM cultivates students’ potential as creative artists, skilled practitioners, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens. Students master the psychology and technology of visual storytelling, with keen attention to its roots in emotional truth. They are challenged with innovative training in directing; signature screenwriting approaches; the latest cinematography techniques; cutting-edge nonlinear solutions; and interactive courses in film history, theory, and criticism.

Once required courses are complete, students can select track electives to specialize in the area of their choice and prepare themselves to pursue careers as cinematographers, critics, directors, editors, historians, screen actors, producers, screenwriters, or professional crew.

Students are also equipped to seek a graduate degree in a top-tier program that matches their professional goals, whether those involve production or research. If their interest is in screenwriting, they can apply to the film department’s highly selective Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Dramatic Media.

UNLV Film story image. "When you're making a film, you're thinking about how to tell the story visually." - Sofia Coppola

What We Offer

  • Innovative directing training
  • Signature screenwriting approaches
  • The latest in digital cinematography
  • Cutting-edge non-linear editing solutions
  • Interactive approaches toward teaching film history
  • Experienced and dedicated faculty of working professionals
  • The Howard Hughes Motion Picture Records, an impressive range of heterogeneous and distinctive historic materials related to the art, technology, economics, and social impact of American cinema from the 1920s through the 1970s.