The Best Film Schools

Choosing the best film schools is very important if you are interested in making quality movies. These film schools can put you in touch with the best contacts in the movie industry and in addition give you the best education to enable you to make the movies you want to make.

Choosing the best film schools for you, if budget is not a problem would be a full university level course.

Making movies involves cross-discipline collaboration with others so there are several different areas of film making arts that you can choose to study:

  • Production
  • Direction
  • Acting
  • Screenwriting
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Lighting

So, when you are trying to choose where to go from among the best film schools, you have several factors to consider.

First, consider the film majors that your different prospective schools offer--you could choose to go to a university which offers film as part of its total curriculum, or you could go to a "dedicated school" that is exclusively a film school, where you would be surrounded only by those who share your interest.

Then look at the reputations of the faculty members. Next, consider the course load and the tuition costs.

Now, keep in mind that the modern movie making industry relies heavily on computerized technology. This means that you may want to consider entering into this specialized part of the film business. If you are heavily into computers, this could be the job for you. And, you will needless to say wish to make doubly certain your prospective schools have related majors.

Finally, consider the location. If you place a high priority on rubbing elbows with or getting insider contacts for established film professionals such as actors or directors, you will probably want to look more closely at New York City or West Coast schools.

On the other hand, there are many top film schools that are located elsewhere--and, in this day and age, you can attend film school from a distance via the Internet. Attending film school remotely could save you much money and enable you to attain a distantly-located school of your choice.

The best film schools offer students such things as a personal mentor, specialized marketing classes for would-be film makers, and a free, custom-designed website to help them market themselves. If you can afford these things, it is wise to enroll at a university that offers them.

Before I mention specific schools I want to point out different training options. They include:

So, which film schools are on most people's lists of the best?

For University full term and the most expensive option according to

Based on average user feedback rating.

  • Loyola Marymount University (United States)
  • Sydney Film School (Australia)
  • Chapman University (United States)
  • Industry Film School (United States)
  • The International Film Institute of New York (United States)
  • Mumbai Film Academy (India)
  • University of Wales at Aberystwyth (United Kingdom)
  • Victorian College of the Arts (Australia)
  • University of Texas at Austin (United States)
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (United States)

My favorite for commercial training center courses is New York Film Academy (with courses all over the world).

For a complete list click the link at the bottom of the page.

A complete list of courses worldwide.

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