Film Schools

<p>What are some good undergrad film schools. I know USC is widely considered the best, are there any other suggestions? Thanks!</p>

<p>bump. help me out here guys!</p>

<p>Do a search. This topic has been widely discussed.</p>


<p>My cousin is doing film at SCAD</p>

<p>Oh, and FSU is probably the hardest film school to get into. They take 15 freshman a year. My cousin didnt get in.</p>

<p>FSU accepts the least amount of people but they also have far less applicants than USC and NYU. USC is the hardest to get into than NYU than probably FSU and Champman</p>

<p>Go FSU if you can get in - here's why (from the FSU webpages):</p>

<p>Florida State’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts emphasizes film production, screenwriting, and aesthetics. You will learn the complete process of creating short films and, at the same time, receive a broad liberal arts education. The College recommends that all students study one semester overseas in the London, England or Florence, Italy study centers. The films made by Florida State students, requisites for their degree, are funded entirely by the university. This is the only film conservatory in the nation to provide this support. The school is extremely competitive and a top ten public film school.</p>

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<p>Having the school pay these expenses is remarkable.</p>

<p>They accept about 30 students per year - 25 FTIC and 5 Junior College transfer.</p>

<p>Not everone gets to make a senior film. Most of the students crew those films.</p>

<p>FSU is very, very hard to get into. When my son applied in 2002-2003 they were taking 15 out of 250 applicants for the entering freshman class, and 15 out of 250 applicants for transfers. The number was cut to 30 each and all of those people had to come to FSU to be interviewed.</p>

<p>He was accepted to FSU, but he intensenly disliked one of the interviewers, and when he was acceoted to USC it was an easy decision for him. FSU's film school is really good, but it lacks the internship opportunities available in LA. If you read the website further you'll see that most FSU film graduates leave the area, and many go to LA.</p>

<p>The three</p>

<p>USC, UCLA, and NYU</p>

<p>I agree that Tallahassee in no Los Angeles in terms of film internships and that CA is where many 'filmsters' go for employment.</p>

<p>However, the chance to not have a ton of debt (I hear that all the film equipment is quite expensive) and graduate from a super school, too, is still very nice. Got to be your fit, though.</p>

<p>Northwestern University!</p>

<p>There is a major drawback to UCLA. Not only is the school nearly impossible for out of state applicants to get into, but you cannot enter the film program until your third year. NYU and USC allow the bulk of their students to enter as freshman. So if you go to UCLA with the idea of getting into the film school understand that there is a possibility that you will spend two years there, not such a bad thing, and not get into the film program.</p>

<p>My boyfriend goes to Chapman University's film program in Anaheim, CA. It's excellent, and extremely competitive. My BF chose it over USC's film school because Chapman's program is more "hands-on". At USC you begin by taking many courses in film theory, but don't actually get a camera until junior year. At Chapman he is able to get his hands on a camera and start filming the first day of class, which was excellent for him because he's already very experienced.</p>

<p>I think your bf is talking about the course that all film students take their third year where they have to make 5 short films, but filming is going on everywhere at USC and students are dying for people to crew. Plus making films without understanding theory makes for bad films. If you want great out of class experiences you need to intern, and the opportunities for USC students to intern are outstanding.</p>

<p>Two summers ago he came home to DC and worked here: <a href=""&gt;;/a>. Last summer he worked on a commerical film in LA for five weeks. Last semester he interned here:<a href=""&gt;;/a>. He covered scripts. This summer he is going to be a counselor at the New York Film Academy's LA campus at Universal Studios. These experiences and contacts are why people go to USC.</p>

<p>Chapman University in Orange, CA is very good.</p>

<p>Stay away from Vancouver Film School. I had a buddy who went there and graduated from there, but regrets not having a college experience, even though he was completely committed to it and managed to get a pretty decent job after finishing the program. He was attracted to the fact that it was only a year long program that was entirely film intensive (that's all they did) and although he is doing what he always wanted to do (direct music videos) he thinks he could have got there a better way.</p>

<p>The School of Visual Arts is very good, students learn the craft of filmmaking from the get go, along with some nice theoretical discussions embedded in. However, you will forego a traditional liberal arts education. My advice: go to SVA and also get an associates in liberal arts from nearby Baruch.</p>

<p>Berkeley has a good Film Studies dept., though it's more theoretical than practical. It's a great place to go if you're more interested in film as art as opposed to a business. The department, the school and the Sf bay area foster a great environment to develop your perspective and personal growth, which IMHO is more important than a technical emphasis.</p>

<p>Great on-campus and off-campus repertory cinema, world-class.</p>