School and Ranking Information
The majority of schools with 25 miles of Orlando, FL, that offer degrees for aspiring filmmakers are public schools. We picked the following local public university as the number one choice in the area based on rankings, program offerings and available facilities.
- Winner: The University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL, is a top-ranked, up-and-coming school that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film (B.F.A.), a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Central Florida|
|Rankings||#173 in National Universities (2015); #3 in Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergraduate: $6,368 (in-state); $22,467 (out-of-state)*|
|Film Production Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's|
|Film Production Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||100**|
|Most Popular Film Production Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||Master's students complete their own feature film as their thesis project***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Central Florida
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- Cinematography and Film Production
- Film and Cinema Studies
University of Central Florida
- The College of Arts and Humanities is home to the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment and the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies
- Film students have access to the Film Operational Portal, where they can check out equipment, find technical support and reserve rooms and facilities
- Students have interned with companies and organizations such as Lucas Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Cannes Film Festival
With a student population topping 61,000 individuals, the University of Central Florida is one of the largest schools in the nation. The research university has regional satellite campuses spread throughout the state. UCF's 12 colleges offer 210 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.
The B.F.A. in Film program provides students with the technical means to produce stories on film. Some of the major courses cover topics such as production management, screenwriting, directing and film editing. A capstone project is required, and students have the ability to produce their own film projects.
Unlike the more practical B.F.A. in Film, the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies program focuses on the history and theory of cinema. Students study the style and aesthetics of different film genres and learn how to critically analyze a piece of cinematic work.
The 3-year Master of Fine Arts in Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema program is the only graduate film program offered at the University of Central Florida. Required core courses in the program include production design, screenplay development and entrepreneurship.