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Movie Director Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Prospective movie directors can find training through film and production programs, which are offered at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Each degree program allows students to work on individual projects and introduces core movie director topics, such as screenwriting, directing, editing and cinematography.

Students interested in film education will find a variety of available programs with common concentration areas that include screenwriting, camera operation, editing and directing.

10 Schools with Movie Director Programs

These schools offer degrees in film production, film studies, or other programs designed for aspiring movie directors.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)*
Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,158 in-state, $25,458 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,507 in-state, $21,673 out-of-state
University of Southern California Los Angeles, 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,277
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $48,436
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,952 in-state, $31,598 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for movie director schools:

  • Regardless of whether a program calls itself 'film studies,' 'film production' or something else entirely, check the curricula to ensure they include important topics such as the filmmaking process, editing, cinematography, film history, and screenwriting.
  • A senior thesis film may be required to complete a bachelor's degree.
  • Prospective students should also take into account the quality of equipment a film department has to offer.
  • Also, a prospective student should ensure that there is an abundance of film cameras, lighting equipment and editing stations for use.

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