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Film Schools for Grads at USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern...

ptmagnoliaptmagnolia Registered User Posts: 764 Member
edited May 2005 in College Admissions
I'm planning on applying to the following schools for their grad film programs...


I've heard many cons about Columbia such as ridiculous tuition and it taking up to 5 years to complete the grad program. USC, NYU, and Northwestern are also ridiculously expensive. A con for Northwestern is that Zach Braff went there. Ideally I'd love to go to UCLA. Can anyone give me some input on all this?
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Replies to: Film Schools for Grads at USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Northwestern...

  • ptmagnoliaptmagnolia Registered User Posts: 764 Member
  • PEALS-05PEALS-05 Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    Alexander Payne went to UCLA film school.

    That's a plus, unless you hated "Sideways" or "About Schmidt."

    I believe it's generally considered that USC has the best film school in the nation (some claim the entire freaking world, but then again, how many film schools are there in the world in general?). USC really is a great cinema school, though.

    NYU is amazing, too.

    If you're in CA, definitely go for UCLA film school, because of the low tuition. But tops might really be USC/NYU. USC has great financial aid, by the way. The tuition might seem ridiculously expensive, but actually, they are extremely good about fufilling need-based aid, and often give pretty darn good scholarships. When you have an endowment nearing 3 billion, which Southern Cal. does, they can help out their most promising or needing students.

    Just apply to USC/NYU/Northwestern/etc and see what happens. You might get accepted, you might also get a great scholarship.

    I'm sure there are very good film programs at other state schools besides UCLA, but I don't know enough about cinema programs to say.
  • ptmagnoliaptmagnolia Registered User Posts: 764 Member
    thank you for the input. yea, i'm from LA so UCLA or USC would be great. alexaner payne is cool :-).
  • themegastudthemegastud Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    There's a superb book out there with a wealth of information on each of the individual schools you mentioned, entitled "Film School Confidential: The Insider's Guide to Film Schools." Here's the amazon link - I strongly suggest taking a look at it.

  • kk19131kk19131 Registered User Posts: 2,233 Senior Member
    "A con for Northwestern is that Zach Braff went there."
  • tsdadtsdad Registered User Posts: 4,035 Senior Member
    Also look at the film school at Florida State. It's just below the ones you have listed.
  • dcfcadcfca Registered User Posts: 1,552 Senior Member
    University of Texas at Austin just started its own film company for students. Might wanna check that school out.
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,448 Senior Member
    Also look at Chapman University in Orange County.
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