How to Select a Graduate Film School
The most common degree granted by a graduate film school is the Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Some film schools also grant the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students' decisions are likely driven by the prerequisites of the programs they're considering and their professional ambitions. Ph.D. programs may require completion of a relevant master's program and are usually for students who want to teach. Common programs offered by film colleges include cinema studies, cinematography, production, direction and screenwriting.
Other considerations include the following:
- The first factor students should consider in selecting a graduate film college is whether or not their desired degree program is offered, in most cases either an MFA or a Ph.D.
- Students should also consider whether or not programs have the fields of study or specialization they are interested in pursuing.
- Cost is another concern for many students, with public schools in the student's home state usually offering the least expensive tuition and private schools or public schools outside of the student's home state tending to be more costly.
Top 10 Graduate Film Schools
|University of Southern California||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|New York University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of California Los Angeles||4-year, Public|
|American Film Institute||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|California Institute of the Arts||4 year, Private not-for-profit|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Chapman University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Loyola Marymount University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Emerson College||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public|