Film & Cinema Schools

The Best Film and Cinema Schools in the U.S. 2018

Film and cinema schools teach students the art of filmmaking, or in an academic context, film production.  Like painting, playing the piano, or designing fashion, learning the art of filmmaking takes time and dedication. Individuals who are hardcore film buffs and passionate about the industry will study coursework in screenwriting, casting, film production and theory, digital media production, editing, sound recording and reproduction, and film history. Many schools will also train students in subjects like broadcasting, audio engineering, and television production.  Film and cinema schools differ in types of classes and content. The cost and duration spent in school can also differ greatly. The best schools offer a more-rounded theoretical understanding of film production techniques, and the opportunity for students to gain from the knowledge and experience of professional instructors who work in, or have worked in the industry. On this page, we provide a list of the nation’s best film and cinema schools, along with guides and links to additional resources for students seeking education or training in a specific area of focus:

  • 01

    USC School of Cinematic Arts

    900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

    USC Cinematic Arts was founded by historic filmmakers Douglas Fairbanks, Darryl Zanuck, W.C. DeMille (just to name a few). The nation’s first university to offer a BA in Film, it has over 10,000 alumni.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 43,401
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  • 02

    American Film Institute

    2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1657

    With a mission to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, AFI offers students curriculum from over the first 100 years of film. The not-for-profit institution exemplifies dedication to the arts.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 328
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  • 03

    Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) - Acting

    721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    NYU recently announced designs for its new and largest educational facility. The new location will provide art students with new practice locations, rehearsal rooms and spaces in which to perform.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 50,027
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  • 04

    UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture

    405 Hilgard Ave Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Located in the heart of one of the world’s cultural centers, the UCLA School of Art emphasizes the necessity of a profound interdependence between the creative arts and academic scholarship. Drawing from the richness of the surrounding culture, the School hosts a distinguished, world-famous faculty who effectively combine studio-based experience with critical studies and liberal arts. As part of a leading research university, students are guaranteed an exclusive and empowering education.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 41,908
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  • 05

    Columbia University School of the Arts

    2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

    As a graduate professional school with deeply intellectual Ivy League roots, the School of the Arts offers students a faculty known for their Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Nobel Prizes and Guggenheim Fellowships.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 28,086
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  • 06

    CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)

    24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

    Educating students since 1970, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast have ranked CalArts as the nation’s top college of the arts. Its six schools offer rigorous graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 1,448
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  • 07

    Chapman University

    1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866

    With a mission to enrich the human mind and spirit, Chapman University prepares future artists, designers and scholars by balancing the development of both artistic and academic excellence.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 8,305
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  • 08

    Loyola Marymount University

    1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Striving for excellence in academia; social justice and transformative education; students enjoy dedicated lab spaces for theatre, art, dance and music; as well as Strub Theatre, Murphy Recital Hall and 2 galleries.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 9,392
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  • 09

    Wesleyan University

    45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459

    Wesleyan’s Art Studio Program focuses on graduates acquiring fluency in visual language: analytically; through critical use of language, technique and methodology; as well as exploration of intellectually relevant, global issues.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 3,138
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  • 10

    Emerson College

    120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Emerson offers programs in: Writing, Literature & Publishing, Visual & Media Arts, Performing Arts and Comedic Arts. Their community approach is dedicated to developing sophistication, expertise and a sense of artistic responsibility.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 4,479
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  • 11

    University of Texas, Austin - School of Radio, Television & Film

    2504 Whitis Ave. Stop A0800, Austin, TX 78712

    Ranked consistently in the top 10 programs nationwide, RTF confers the BS, MFA, MA and Ph.D. One factor contributing to RTF’s uniqueness is the offering of both practical and theoretical-based degrees.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 50,950
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  • 12

    Stanford University

    450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

    Stanford offers four undergraduate degrees in art; a Coterminal MA in Art History; three MFA programs and a Ph.D in Art History. Programs utilize academics, studio and museum work to ensure comprehensive curricula.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 16,980
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  • 13

    Yale University - School of Film and Media Studies

    53 Wall Street, Rm. 216, New Haven, CT 06511

    Recognized as a leading educational force, the School of Film and Media Studies is characterized by methodological innovation, rich connections with other relevant disciplines and a wide array of courses.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 12,385
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  • 14

    Boston University College of Fine Arts

    855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Encouraging scholars to narrow their focus while broadening their scope of thinking is what makes BU unique. The elite research university emphasizes teamwork and individuality, simultaneously, furthering its sui generis approach.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 32,158
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  • 15

    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

    From high school to the master’s degree level, UNCSA programs and five conservatories of a professional caliber; encourage total immersion in one’s chosen discipline; to eat, sleep and breathe the art form.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 970
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  • 16

    Columbia College of Chicago - School of Fine & Performing Arts

    600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    The School of Fine and Performing Arts upholds that living a creative life is a calling to be answered with driving force. To that end they offer over 50 programs upon which to build success.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 8,961
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  • 17

    Ringling College of Art and Design

    2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

    Founded in 1931, Ringling College excels in propelling students into the real world of art through substantive internships, national competitions, cutting-edge technology, and client projects (to name a few).

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 1262
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  • 18

    Savannah College of Art & Design

    342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

    Embracing a forward-looking approach to artistic academia, SCAD is a student-centered institution determined to provide educational excellence within the context of a positive learning environment. Students learn to create art, as well as live creatively artistic lives.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 11,861
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  • 19

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

    Pollak Bldg, 325 N Harrison St #201, Richmond, VA 23284

    The recipient of a multitude of awards and recognition from across the globe; VCUART demonstrates it student support by having one of the lowest tuition rates of the nation’s Top 10 Art Institutions.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 30,918
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  • 20

    Ithaca College

    201 Muller Center, Ithaca, NY 14850

    Exceptional internships and trips to New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Toronto make the Art Department at Ithaca engaging in visual and intellectual dialogue. Through emphasizing synergy, students receive an encompassing education.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 6,769
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  • 21

    Rhode Island School of Design

    2 College St, Providence, RI 02903

    Nestled amidst the picturesque New England seaboard, Rhode Island School of Design has long been one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious colleges offering rigorous art programs at both an undergraduate and graduate level.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 2,481
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  • 22

    ArtCenter College of Design

    1700 Lida Street #2319, Pasadena, CA 91103

    With a tradition of learning to create and influence change; the Center impacts its community as well as global society. Its visionary methodology regarding art and design reflects the conservatory approach it embraces.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 2,133
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  • 23

    San Francisco State University

    1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

    Paramount to its success, The School of Art at San Francisco State University focuses on the development of socially engaged artists who are cognizant of the importance of both individual and collaborative contributions.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 30,256
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  • 24

    California State University, Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

    Located in a state known for its rich artistic heritage, Cal State offers undergraduate and master’s programs. Concentrations include all areas of artistic development and a foundation for a state art teaching credential.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 41,548
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  • 25

    Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts

    202 Crouse College, Syracuse, NY 13244

    The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University embodies the vision that art and scholarship can affect change. Emphasis is on self-discovery in visual art and design; risk-taking and critical thought.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 21,789
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  • 26

    Florida State University - College of Motion Picture Arts

    600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306

    Offering innovative programs in filmmaking, the College confers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Their prestigious programs are famous for being career-centered, providing state-of-the-art professional facilities and having a world renowned faculty.

    • imgSchool Type : Public
    • imgEnrollment : 40,830
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  • 27

    Northwestern University

    70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

    The graduate and professional programs at Weinberg College (Northwestern) are world-famous for the breadth and depth of their multidisciplinary and intellectual approach to education. Students enroll from over 30 countries.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 21,655
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  • 28

    Colorado Film School

    9075 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

    Colorado Film School offers a variety of instruction: Screenwriting; Acting/Directing; Cinematography; Writing/Directing and Post Production. In conjunction with Santa Fe University, students can finish 4 year degrees with 50% tuition discounted.

    • imgSchool Type : Private
    • imgEnrollment : 350
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School NameProgram NameDetails
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Associate of Arts - Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Bachelor of Fine Arts - Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Master of Fine Arts - Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Certificate in Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Associate of Arts - Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Bachelor of Fine Arts - Motion Pictures and TelevisionRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Bachelor of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105Bachelor of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - CinematographyRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - DirectingRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - EditingRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - Production DesignRequest Information
American Film Institute 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027Master of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
Art Center College of Design 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91107Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Art Center College of Design 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91107Master of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Bucks County Community College 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940Associate of Arts (Transfer Program) - Cinema/Video ProductionRequest Information
California College of the Arts 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
California College of the Arts 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618Master of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137Certificate in Motion Picture/TelevisionRequest Information
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137Associate of Arts - Film/Video ProductionRequest Information
College of DuPage 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137Associate of Arts - Television ProductionRequest Information
Columbus College of Art and Design 60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and VideoRequest Information
Cornish College of the Arts 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and MediaRequest Information
Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104Bachelor of Arts - Film and VideoRequest Information
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444Bachelor of Fine Arts - Cinematic ArtsRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015Associate of Arts (Advanced Study) - Film and Television Costume DesignRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001Associates of Art in Film and MediaRequest Information
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001Bachelor of Arts - Film and MediaRequest Information
George Mason University 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030Bachelor's of Arts - Film and Video StudiesRequest Information
Grand Valley State University 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401Bachelor's of Arts - Film and Video ProductionRequest Information
Grand Valley State University 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401Bachelor of Arts - Film and Video ProductionRequest Information
Houston Community College - Northwest Campus 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77004Associate of Applied Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
Illinois State University 100 N University St, Normal, IL 61761Master of Fine Arts - VideoRequest Information
Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508Associate of Fine Arts - Cinematic ArtsRequest Information
Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508Bachelor of Fine Arts - Cinematic ArtsRequest Information
Kansas City Art Institute 4415 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111-1874Bachelor of Fine Arts - Digital FilmmakingRequest Information
La Roche College 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237Bachelor's of Arts - Film/Video/MediaRequest Information
Lesley University College of Art and Design 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 2138Bachelor of Fine Arts - Digital FilmmakingRequest Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and VideoRequest Information
Maryland Institute College of Art 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5882Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film/VideoRequest Information
Messiah College One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055Bachelor's of Arts - Film and Media ArtsRequest Information
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
Montana State University - Bozeman Campus 211 Montana Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
Montclair State University 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 7043Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - Film and Media ProductionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - Film and Media ProductionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Associate of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Arts - Film and Media ProductionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Campus 3300 West Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in CinematographyRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Documentary FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Producing for Film and TelevisionRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - New York Campus 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - South Beach 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ProducingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in ScreenwritingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - Acting for FilmRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
New York Film Academy - Southbeach Campus 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 200, Miami Beach, FL 33139Certificate in FilmmakingRequest Information
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213Certificate in FilmRequest Information
Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Rhode Island School of Design Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903-2784Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film/Animation/VideoRequest Information
Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and AnimationRequest Information
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603Master of Fine Arts - Film and AnimationRequest Information
San Francisco Art Institute 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
San Francisco Art Institute 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133Master of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132Master of Arts - CinemaRequest Information
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132Bachelor of Arts - CinemaRequest Information
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132Master of Fine Arts - CinemaRequest Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and VideoRequest Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010Professional Studies - Film DirectingRequest Information
School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010Master of Fine Arts - Social Documentary FilmakingRequest Information
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 1100 South Normal Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901Master of Fine Arts - CinemaRequest Information
State University of New York, Fredonia 280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and Video ArtsRequest Information
Syracuse University 323 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, NY 13244Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Syracuse University 323 Hall of Languages, Syracuse, NY 13244Master of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
University of Arizona 1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and Video ProductionRequest Information
University of Oregon 511 Northwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97209Bachelor of Fine Arts - Video and SoundRequest Information
University of Texas at Arlington 502 South Cooper Street #335, Arlington, TX 76019Master of Fine Arts - Film/VideoRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film/VideoRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film and AnimationRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film Design and ProductionRequest Information
University of the Arts 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photo and Film MediaRequest Information
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond Campus 325 North Harrison Street, Richmond, VA 23284Bachelor of Arts - CinemaRequest Information
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond Campus 325 North Harrison Street, Richmond, VA 23284Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography and FilmRequest Information
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmRequest Information
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228Master of Fine Arts - Film ProductionRequest Information
Woodbury University 7500 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91510-7846Bachelor of Fine Arts - FilmmakingRequest Information

How to Select a Film and Cinema School

Besides the different types of film and cinema schools, is also the argument by professionals in the field about the relevance of a degree in film in relation to finding work in the industry. However, all you have to do is look at the filmmakers who attended and earned degrees from film schools, like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas to understand that the knowledge learned and opportunities that earning a degree can afford graduates cannot be overstated.  So, how do aspiring filmmakers decide which institution – a university, private film school or even online schools teaching filmmaking through videos and tutorials, is best? 

Decide on a Discipline

Filmmaking is different than film studies. Whereas filmmaking deals with the actual production of a film, film studies deals with the theoretical, critical, and historical approaches to film.  Film studies is less about gaining proficiency in film production, and more about exploring the artistic, economic, and political implications of cinema.  Today, there exists a number of schools with specific coursework dedicated to film studies, and many liberal art colleges and universities have added courses geared toward the discipline into their curriculum.  No matter where your interests lie, it’s best to start by researching college websites; their mission statements, faculty, and course descriptions to see if a particular college offers film degrees as part of their arts or communications curriculum, or if a college has a dedicated film program that offers degrees in multiple aspects of film, such as screenwriting, cinematography, and directing. Keep in mind that many aspiring filmmakers start their postsecondary education with one career goal in mind, and once submerged in a program change directions, so unless you are certain about a particular direction for your career, choosing a school that offers a well-rounded curriculum may be best. 

Research Course Curriculum & Course Titles

Aspiring filmmakers can find programs at both public and private, as well as not-for-profit schools across the US and Europe. Film and cinema students who attend a liberal arts college or university as a communications or art student will take a wide range of courses in film and cinema, along with fundamental classes in English, art, math, science, etc.  Some liberal arts colleges offer majors in Media and Cinema Studies, which is much more immersive and combines film, radio, and television with new media fields of study. Private film and cinema schools offer more rigorous and dynamic degree programs in film and cinema with classes that concentrate on traditional areas of practice and criticism and place a strong emphasis on experiential learning, creative development, and analytical thinking.

Private film schools also typically have a low student-to-faculty ratio.  It’s important to ask yourself, does the course curriculum offer students the opportunity to take a range of courses in film editing, cinema and production, or cinematography?  Are there courses in film history and film theory? Are there areas of focus, such as documentary or independent filmmaking? What is the ratio of general courses compared to specific classes in film and cinema? Does the academic program offer hands-on experience and internships in the field of film and cinema? 

Reputation of School & Academic Departments

With such fierce competition for individuals seeking positions in the film industry, choosing a school with a highly-regarded reputation, where the degree earned will provide an advantage over other applicants vying for the same position, is important. The quality of education will be a factor employers are certain to consider when selecting a candidate.  An accredited degree from a state college may be as valuable as a degree earned from an Ivy League or other prestigious private school, so be sure to look at graduation rates and endowments, as well as alumni support and job placement numbers. 

Faculty

Many classes in film and cinema school are small and critique-based, and students work very closely with faculty.  In addition to teaching, faculty should be able to counsel you about your career goals, help you choose an area of specialization, develop your strengths and identify opportunities for further knowledge and understanding. They should act as a mentor who will not only provide you with a good education but with avenues into the real world of film and cinema.  Scrutinize the professors who support the department you will be involved in, and if possible, chat with students about their experiences with faculty.  Find out who are on the list of alumni that have graduated from the school, and how many classes are taught by graduate students versus tenured professors or adjunct faculty. 

School Culture

The culture of a school can be a bit intangible, but that doesn’t mean it’s undefinable.  Often all you have to do is walk into a classroom or walk the campus to know immediately whether or not you want to be there.  The same thing goes for staff and other students.  Does the school offer a shared sense of purpose and values?  Will you be provided opportunities for continuous learning and improvement in a safe and welcoming environment? Are classes innovative and goal-oriented, allowing for creative expression? And is the environment conducive to gaining collegial relationships with other students and faculty? Some schools encourage and push students to take greater risks with their artistic abilities, while others prefer to teach the fundamentals; providing students with a wide-ranging education and allowing them to discover their innate abilities on their own. How does the school make you feel? Do they inspire or motivate you to take risks? Do you believe the staff and faculty care about your career goals and will advise you in a direction that will benefit you individually?

Cost of Your Education

The primary goal upon graduation from college is to earn money in your chosen career field.  While that’s true, college costs money, and the price tag can vary greatly depending upon when you attend – private college, university, online coursework, etc.  Feels may include housing (if offered), meals, and health services.  Many private colleges don’t offer any of these items, so off-campus housing, food, etc., must be considered.  Fees for out-of-state or non-resident students can cost much more than if you are a resident in the state where the school of your choice is located. Does the college or university offer financial aid? Are there grants or scholarships you can apply for offered through the school? Many private film and cinema schools do not offer grants or scholarships.

School & Class Size

The size of the college (campus size and class size) should also be taken into consideration.  Large colleges and universities typically offer a larger variety of majors and concentrations than smaller schools, whereas smaller schools usually focus on liberal arts courses.  Larger universities also offer extensive student resources, like housing and athletics. They have a diverse student profile, which can be attractive to some students, but overwhelming to others. Smaller colleges usually offer fewer distractions (like dorm parties) than larger colleges, and often a more intimate setting where students get to know each other more easily.  Smaller colleges also typically have a smaller student-to-professor ratio, which offers students more one-on-one time and personal attention. 

Location and Relocation

One of the most important aspects in choosing a college, university, or private school is location. Are you willing to move away from family and friends to receive the best possible education? Do you want to live in a big city or smaller community? Near the beach or in the colder tundra? Are you willing to pay out-of-state tuition? Or, are you open to the increasingly popular distance or online learning opportunities?

What to Expect from a Degree Program

Understanding Program Goals, Typical Curriculum & Skills Learned

Whether pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art, certificate or associate degree, or furthering your education by pursuing a Master of Fine Art program, the goal of most film and cinema programs is to introduce students to the history, understanding, involvement, and background of filmmaking or film studies through an interdisciplinary approach. These programs explore film and cinema as an art form and cultural specialty and reflect the vision of filmmakers throughout history.  Key goals of film and cinema programs is to educate students to critically analyze film, to demonstrate mastery of basic concepts of film and cinema, in regards to cinematography, sound and lighting effects, editing, and narrative structures. 

Students will learn about US and foreign cinemas, as well as major filmmakers and different genres. They will be able to describe the relation of film to other art forms, like theater, music, or dance.  Another student outcome will be to demonstrate an understanding of the different aspects of film, from concept and pre-production, to post-production and distribution, and marketing.  Students will be able to analyze the formal components of film and cinema within sociocultural, political, historical, aesthetic, and international contexts, and how film relates to gender, race, ethnicity, and global interactions. 

Curriculum varies greatly from one program to the next, and from one school to the next. However, most programs will include classes in film directing, film producing, screenwriting, cinematography, film editing, and acting.  Many schools will also emphasize coursework in areas such as documentary filmmaking, independent filmmaking, or fiction filmmaking.  Within their film and cinema departments, larger universities will often offer classes in visual effects, digital media studies, digital audio production, animation, and more.  Classes in videography and editing are offered in nearly every program, but students should also consider taking classes in graphic design and music theory. 

Most schools offer internship opportunities to gain experience and get the kind of on-the-job education not found in the classroom.  Nearly all programs will also offer student workshops, and in graduate programs, access to directed individual studies in research, writing, directing, and film production. 

Besides learning the basics of film and cinema, students will graduate with a number of essential skills such as lighting techniques, how to operate a boom and film camera. Students will learn the importance of an apple box and C-stand, and why gaffer’s tape is critically important to any production. You’ll learn how to entertain and engage an audience through film and cinema, and how to accept feedback and criticism.  Students will learn the importance of leadership, and why it’s important to be able to motivate and inspire a cast and crew. You’ll have access to professional tools of the trade that most people can afford, such as sound equipment and multi-track mixing studios. Students will also work with 16mm and 35mm film cameras, and have the opportunity to learn High-Def, and even create a film on their own. 

In film school, students are given specific assignments with specific deadlines. You will get help from other students/crewmembers, access to equipment, and feedback. Film school is the best environment to acquire and practice the highly-specialized world of film and cinema. 

Master of Fine Arts film and cinema programs build on the skills and instruction found in BFA, associate, and certificate programs that have concentrations in filmmaking.  To be considered for acceptance into most MFA programs, students must complete their BFA.  Because accepted into an MFA program is competitive, you may not be accepted the first time around and may have to reapply. Some people apply right after graduation.  Others will gain real-world experience by working in the industry, participating in residencies, or after applying for grants. And, since graduate school is centered around independent study, an artistic career outside of an academic setting for a year or two can prove valuable prior to applying for your MFA. 

In most MFA programs, students learn the art and advanced techniques of visual storytelling, including directing, editing, cinematography, and post-production sound design.  They will learn the latest techniques in the fundamentals of digital video production and digital editing, training in acting and directing actors, and immersion in screenwriting.  Master’s students most often write and direct their own films ( part of their thesis), which increases in complexity and length as the student advances in his or her studies.

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