Many community colleges, trade schools, colleges & universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees online for students looking to learn more about film, video and photography. Online courses, a great choice for those looking to study at their own pace, are offered in camera operation and editing software, covering equipment, processes, and techniques. It is important for those interested in a career in the film or photo industries to have strong computer skills and working knowledge of digital cameras and similar technology. Bachelor's degree programs, especially those including business classes, provide a well-rounded education for those starting out in the film industry.
Graduates of online photography and film degree programs may find jobs at independent television stations, local affiliate stations of television networks or broadcast groups, large cable and television networks, or smaller, independent production companies. Many film schools also provide training on the creative aspects of filmmaking. There are many self employed photographers and film editors as well. Some self-employed camera operators contract with television networks, documentary or independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, or trade show sponsors for work on a project-by project basis. Skilled individuals may find salaried positions working in the motion picture industry, though these jobs are often highly competitive.