Should I Enroll in Film School?
Students may be interested in film school for screenwriting, cinematography or film theory and criticism. Attending film school can open up a variety of opportunities for students after graduation. Take the self-assessment quiz below to see if you're a good fit for film school.
|Are you looking for opportunities to collaborate with other students?||Yes or No|
|Do you learn well in a structured environment?||Yes or No|
|Do you want more time and freedom to work on your projects?||Yes or No|
|Is film school an affordable option for you?||Yes or No|
|Are you looking for mentorship and guidance?||Yes or No|
|Do you want to study cinema history?||Yes or No|
|Do you want to workshop and critique the work of other students?||Yes or No|
|Do you want to network with industry professionals?||Yes or No|
|Do you want to have a career in film?||Yes or No|
|Do you feel you need training to achieve your film career goals?||Yes or No|
What Do These Questions Tell Me About Going To Film School?
Are you looking for opportunities to collaborate with other students?
One of the great things about attending film school is the opportunity it provides to collaborate on projects with student writers, actors, directors and technicians.
Do you learn well in a structured environment?
While it's possible to teach yourself many of the things learned in film school, the structure of a school with classes and curricula may be a better fit for some students.
Do you want more time and freedom to work on your projects?
Once enrolled in film school as a full-time commitment, your main job is working on and completing film projects. In the real world, finding as much free time to dedicate to your craft may be difficult.
Is film school an affordable option for you?
Film school, like many art schools, can be very expensive, and students may find it tricky to accommodate debt on the salary of a fledgling filmmaker. One of the most important factors in determining whether to go to film school is the cost.
Are you looking for mentorship and guidance?
Film school can be a great place to meet professors and professional mentors who can give you feedback on your work that you won't receive as early in your career without the school environment.
Do you want to study cinema history?
When considering film school, consider all aspects, including the required courses in film history, theory and criticism.
Do you want to workshop and critique the work of other students?
Workshops for student films and screenplays are a large part of being in film school. If you're interested in only focusing on your own work, film school might not be a great fit for you.
Do you want to network with industry professionals?
The opportunities to meet professionals in the industry can be valuable, and may arise more readily if you're enrolled in a film program.
Do you want to have a career in film?
Because of the cost and commitment required to attend film school, it's important to be dedicated to having a career in the industry if you're thinking of attending.
Do you feel you need training to achieve your film career goals?
The best reason to go to film school is to learn. If you feel you already know everything you need to know to make movies, film school may feel more restrictive than useful.
Setting Out For Film School
If you answered yes to the majority of the questions above, you may be a great candidate for film school. Film school graduates often find careers as screenwriters, producers, directors, film technicians and more!