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Good Film Schools

Choosing a good film school is an important first step in beginning your journey towards a career in film. But what makes a good film school? The definition of a good film school will be different for every student, depending on the goals they wish to achieve.

The first thing a student should look at when choosing a school is the types of degrees and classes they offer. If a student wants to direct, for example, look for a school that has courses in film directing, both basic and advanced. If you are looking for a basic, well rounded foundation of all the areas of film, look for a school that offers courses in all aspects of film, such as film production, film directing, set design, film editing, etc. a school with a flexible program that lets you design your own schedule may be the best fit. Research into different programs should narrow down you choices.

Next, decide where you want to go to film school. If you want to stay close to home, look into community colleges and nearby universities. If you want the best opportunities to get an internship and make industry contacts, you should look into school near major film industries, such as New York or the Los Angeles area.

Another important consideration is faculty and alumni. Did any famous filmmakers graduate from the school? This is no guarantee of employment, but it does add prestige to the school. Have the faculty actually worked in the film industry? A good film school will have teachers with industry experience.

Also consider extra curricular activities you may want to participate in. does the school have film clubs? If you want to play sports, do they have a decent sports program? Are there any student film projects offered? These things are important to consider when you are looking into schools.

Something else to look at is financing your education. Look into scholarships, both general and film specific. Contact potential schools financial aid departments to learn about scholarships you may qualify for.  Fill out the Federal Application For Student Aid, know as the FAFSA, to apply for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and other aid such as work study.  Also take into consideration housing costs, meal costs, and other expenses you may have, and budget for these expenses .

Finally, look into job placement programs that the school offers. Do they often have job leads? To they offer lifetime assistance, resume services, any other job search help? If you take your time and figure out which of these factors are most important, and research the school thouroghly,you should be successful in finding the best film school for you.

 

 





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Wayne State University Advertising | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Detroit, MI 31786 City Public
NHTI - Concord's Community College Animation | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts | Visual Effects Two-year school Concord, NH 4127 Town/Rural Public
University of Mobile Performing Arts Four-year school Mobile, AL 1570 Town/Rural Private
Indian Capital Technology Center - Muskogee CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design Two-year school Muskogee, OK 706 Town/Rural Public
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Performing Arts Four-year school Edwardsville, IL 13940 Suburb Public
Consolidated School of Business - Lancaster Web Design & New Media Two-year school Lancaster, PA 182 Suburb Private
Temple University Advertising | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Philadelphia, PA 36507 City Public
Burlington College Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Burlington, VT 174 City Private
St Cloud Technical and Community College Advertising | Architecture | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Saint Cloud, MN 4459 City Public
ITT Technical Institute - Harrisburg CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Harrisburg, PA 403 Suburb Private
Aims Community College Animation | Game Design | Graphic Design | Visual Effects Two-year school Greeley, CO 5510 City Public
Moberly Area Community College Graphic Design Two-year school Moberly, MO 4952 Town/Rural Public
Nyack College Performing Arts Four-year school Nyack, NY 3151 Suburb Private
Houghton College Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Performing Arts Four-year school Houghton, NY 1336 Town/Rural Private
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Animation | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Photography | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Philadelphia, PA 3616 City Private
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Wayne Animation | CAD, Drafting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Fort Wayne, IN 763 City Private
Shenandoah University Arts Management | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Winchester, VA 3619 City Private
Newberry College Arts Management | Performing Arts Four-year school Newberry, SC 1103 Town/Rural Private
Boise State University Advertising | Arts Management | Graphic Design | Illustration | Performing Arts Four-year school Boise, ID 18933 City Public
Mount Wachusett Community College Animation | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Visual Effects | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Gardner, MA 4761 Town/Rural Public
Saint Thomas Aquinas College Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design Four-year school Sparkill, NY 2132 Suburb Private
Claremont McKenna College Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Claremont, CA 1238 Suburb Private
College of Southern Idaho Advertising | CAD, Drafting | Performing Arts | Photography | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Twin Falls, ID 8133 Town/Rural Public
Fairmont State University Advertising | Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school Fairmont, WV 4574 Town/Rural Public
Anthem Institute - North Brunswick CAD, Drafting | Web Design & New Media Less than two years North Brunswick, NJ 527 Suburb Private
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Four-year school Clarion, PA 7346 Town/Rural Public
Schreiner University Advertising | Performing Arts Four-year school Kerrville, TX 1049 Town/Rural Private
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts | Photography Four-year school Winston-Salem, NC 872 City Public
Coastal Carolina Community College Architecture Two-year school Jacksonville, NC 5415 City Public
Connecticut College Architecture | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school New London, CT 1911 City Private
Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Performing Arts Four-year school San Juan, PR 402 City Public
Cerritos College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Game Design | Graphic Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Photography | Visual Effects Two-year school Norwalk, CA 21776 Suburb Public
Brown Mackie College - North Canton CAD, Drafting Two-year school Canton, OH 1199 Suburb Private
Snow College Advertising | Architecture | Performing Arts Two-year school Ephraim, UT 4368 Town/Rural Public
Tulsa Technology Center - Broken Arrow Campus CAD, Drafting Two-year school Broken Arrow, OK 371 Suburb Public
Tusculum College Performing Arts Four-year school Greeneville, TN 2203 Town/Rural Private
Loyola University - Chicago Advertising | Arts Management | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Chicago, IL 15879 City Private
Clemson University Architecture | Landscape Architecture | Performing Arts Four-year school Clemson, SC 19111 Town/Rural Public
Emily Griffith Technical College Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising Less than two years Denver, CO 2230 City Public
Seminole State College Fine Art, Drawing, Painting Two-year school Seminole, OK 2444 Town/Rural Public
Bossier Parish Community College Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Graphic Design | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Two-year school Bossier City, LA 5430 Town/Rural Public
Brookdale Community College Animation | Architecture | Audio Production | CAD, Drafting | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Game Design | Graphic Design | Interior Design | Visual Effects Two-year school Lincroft, NJ 15639 Suburb Public
Garrett College Web Design & New Media Two-year school McHenry, MD 897 Town/Rural Public
Marymount University Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Graphic Design | Interior Design Four-year school Arlington, VA 3480 City Private
Youngstown State University Advertising | Arts Management | Audio Production | Fashion Design, Marketing, Merchandising | Film, Video, TV | Fine Art, Drawing, Painting | Graphic Design | Illustration | Performing Arts | Web Design & New Media Four-year school Youngstown, OH 14644 City Public
Catawba Valley Community College Advertising | Architecture | Film, Video, TV | Photography Two-year school Hickory, NC 5528 Town/Rural Public
University of Alabama at Birmingham Performing Arts Four-year school Birmingham, AL 16874 City Public
MediaTech Institute - Irving Audio Production | Film, Video, TV Less than two years Irving, TX 202 Town/Rural Private
Wright State University - Main Campus Advertising | Film, Video, TV | Performing Arts Four-year school Dayton, OH 17558 Suburb Public



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