Colleges for film
Guide to Colleges For Film
Why Go To Film Making School
The most commonly thought reasons to go to a formal film making school are listed below. The student shopping around and comparing colleges for film should note that these reasons for attending film making school are as much the school's sales pitch as anything. There is little proof that the reasons are real and there is much controversy about their real value in starting a filmmaking career.
1. Time for personal projects.
Trying to hold a job and develop your filmmaking talents
requires more time than most people have no matter how much they love filmmaking. Attending a movie production school allows concentrated effort and time to perfect one's skills. You will also have access to equipment and, more importantly, other like minded students to collaborate with.
2. Credibility of a diploma
That degree in film is proof that you have had the endurance to complete a course of study. Everything else being the same an individual with a diploma from a film making school might get picked over someone else without the degree. It at least shows you are serious about filmmaking even if it doesn't prove you have skill or talent.
3. Understanding film theory and history
The film industry is constantly looking for new talent with new ideas but a foundation in film theory and an understanding of the history of film seems to often be the difference between an average filmmaker and the best filmmakers.
4. Valuable feedback
The instructors at colleges for film can help guide you through feedback coming from their hopefully better educated point of view.
5. Mentors to guide you
Being surrounded by knowledgeable instructors and peers can result in you being pushed to excel much harder than you would ever dare do on your own.
6. Technical skills
It doesn't seem that art can be taught, but a large part of filmmaking is a set of basic skills that can be learned fairly quickly at movie production schools. You could also learn them by volunteering on a film set but already having them might make it easier to get that production assistant position on a film set to begin with.
7. Connections in the industry
Filmmaking is such a glamorous seeming industry that it seems everyone
is trying to get in. It will never be easy to break in but having an alumni network of peers from having attended one of the top colleges for film might provide the connection you need.
Such a large percentage of film school graduates never make it into the industry, and such a very large percentage of those working in movies had no formal training, that there are many who question the real return on investment of the time and tuition required to attend film making schools. You should judge for yourself by researching the options listed here.
Film Summer Schools
A film summer school is an option for students already enrolled in an entirely different course of study but who are interested in film making. Film summer schools might also satisfy the curiosity of adults who want to have a better understanding of how films are made or just wanting to take better home movies.
Notable film summer schools are available from UCLA, USC and NYU as well as many other universities and local community colleges. Check by visiting the links below to see if a film summer school is offered at a school you are interested in.
Traditional Degree Colleges For Film
Multiple Locations/Online Schools
Arizona Movie Production Schools
California Colleges For Film
Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, Video Production
San Francisco, CA | (888) 493-3261
Institute of Photography -
Santa Barbara, CA | (888) 304-3456
- Columbia College Hollywood - Tarzana, CA
- The Los Angeles Film School - Hollywood, CA
- New York Film Academy - Universal Studios Hollywood
- FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
(800) 624-1200 | Los Angeles | Orange County | San Francisco | San Diego
Francisco Art Institute -
San Francisco, CA
- American Film Institute - Los Angeles, CA | 323.856.7628
- California College of the Arts, Film/Video/Performance - San Francisco, CA | (800) 447-1ART
- California Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video - Valencia, CA | (661) 255-1050
Orange, CA | (714) 997-6765
International, School of Physical Theatre -
Blue Lake, CA | (707) 668-5663
and TV Connection - (800) 755-7597
Advanced Cinematography Workshop, Hollywood
- Hollywood, CA | (323)
- Loyola Marymount University, School of Film and Television - Los Angeles, CA | (310) 338-2700
Arts - La Mesa, CA | (619) 589-9919
Platt (Media Arts)
San Diego, CA | (866) 752-8826 or (619) 265-0107
Diego State University, Television, Film, and New Media
- San Diego, CA | (619) 594-5450
Francisco State University, Cinema Program -
San Francisco, CA | (415) 338-1629
- San Diego, CA | (619) 785-6846
Unlimited, Hollywood - Hollywood, CA | (866)
of California - Berkeley, CinemaSpace -
Berkeley, CA | (510) 642-1415
of California - Los Angeles, Theater, Film & Television
Los Angeles, CA | (310) 825-5761
of the Pacific, Film Studies -
Stockton, CA | (209) 946-2121
of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television
- Los Angeles, CA | (310) 825-5761
Colorado Film Making Schools
District of Columbia Film Making School
Florida Colleges For Film
- The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale - Video Production Program- Fort Lauderdale, FL | (800) 275-7603
- Miami International University of Art & Design - Miami, FL
- Full Sail - School of Film - Winter Park, FL | (800) 226-7625
- New York Film Academy - Disney/MGM Studios Orlando
- Palm Beach Film School - West Palm Beach, FL | (561) 242-9190
- Ames Media Institute - Naples, FL | (239) 793-5255
- Florida State University, Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts - Tallahassee, FL | (850) 644-2525
- Kodak Cinematography Workshop Latin America Regional Office - Miami, FL | (305) 507-5656
- University of Miami, School of Communication, Video & Film - Coral Gables, FL | (305) 284-2265
- University of Central Florida, School of Film and Digital Media - Orlando, FL 32816-3120 | 407-823-4285
Georgia Film Making School
Illinois Colleges For Film
Indiana Film Making School
Kansas Film Making School
Louisiana Film Making School
Maine Film Making School
Maryland Film Making School
Massachusetts Colleges For Film
Michigan Film Making School
Minnesota Colleges For Film
Missouri Film Making School
Nebraska Film Making School
Nevada Film Making School
New Jersey Colleges For Film
New York Film Making Schools
- The Art Institute of New York City, Video Production Program - New York City, NY
- New York Film Academy - Film School & Acting School - New York City
- Alfred School of Art & Design at Alfred University, Division of Expanded Media - Alfred NY | (607) 871-2111
- Bard College, Division of the Arts, Film & Electronic Arts - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY | (845) 758-6822
- City College of New York, CUNY, Media & Communication Arts Department - New York, NY 10031 - 212) 650-7167
- Columbia University - School of the Arts, Film Division - New York, NY | (212) 854-2875
- New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Film & Television - New York, NY | (212) 998-1800
- Purchase College, Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film - Purchase, NY | (914) 251-6300
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Art Department - Troy, NY | (518) 276-4778
- Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences - Rochester, NY | (585) 475-6175
- SAE Institute of Technology - New York, NY | (212) 944-9121
- Vassar College, Film Department - Poughkeepsie, NY | (845) 437-5473
Carolina Film Making School
Ohio Colleges For Film
Oklahoma Film Making School
Pennsylvania Movie Production Schools
Art Institute of Philadelphia - Video Production Program
Philadelphia, PA | (800) 275-2474
Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Video Production Program
- Pittsburgh, PA | (800) 275-2470
- DeSales University, Department of Performing and Fine Art, TV/Film
- Center Valley, PA | 610-282-1100
Filmmakers, School of Film, Video & Photography
- Pittsburgh, PA | (412) 681-5449
Joseph's University, Department of Fine and Performing Arts,
Film Studies -
Philadelphia, PA | (610) 660-1000
University, Film & Media Arts
- Philadelphia, PA | (215) 204-3859
Rhode Island Film Making School
Tennessee Colleges For Film
Texas Colleges For Film
Utah Colleges For Film
Virginia Colleges For Film
State Colleges For Film
Wisconsin Film Making School
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