Film School Options in Miami
There aren't an abundance of film schools in Miami, but there are a few that offer relevant programs. This article looks at three institutions within a 50-minute drive of downtown and at the film degree programs they provide. There's also a table of information about each school that could be useful to a prospective student, including school type, enrollment, tuition and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid.
- Lynn University, about 43 miles from downtown Miami, offers a bachelor's degree in film.
- Less than 2 miles from downtown, Miami Dade College has an associate's degree in film production technology and a bachelor's degree program in film, television and digital production.
- Students at the University of Miami can earn a bachelor's degree in communication with a focus on motion pictures and a master's degree in motion pictures. The university is almost eight miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors an aspiring film student should consider when choosing a school. The following table presents important information about these institutions in a way that makes it easy to compare them.
|Lynn University||Miami Dade College||University of Miami|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||3,010*||56,001*||17,003*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$37,510*||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*||$48,484*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||92%*||82%*||76%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||85%*||N/A - Open admissions*||36%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||69% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*||N/A||91% for full-time students; 88% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||51%*||31%*||84%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Of all three schools, Lynn University has the smallest student population. The film program is intended for students interested in positions in television, film, video and Internet media.
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television
Pre-production, production and postproduction are some of the areas students can learn about. Courses in this program include media literacy, film history, writing for performance and cinematography. While enrolled, students also have access to state-of-the-art technology.
Miami Dade College
After earning their degree, graduates of Miami Dade could pursue careers as technical directors, producers, cinematographers, production managers or camera operators.
Associate in Science in Film Production Technology
Students in this associate's degree program write scripts, shoot digital media and edit projects. They also study lighting design, cinematography and production management. The program offers students opportunities to showcase their work at film showcases and to participate in seminars held in cooperation with the Miami International Film Festival.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Film, Television & Digital Production
To enroll in this program students must have earned an associate's degree or have completed 60 hours of college coursework. Program courses include sound design, screenwriting, history of film and electronic field production. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on training. After earning their bachelor's degree, graduates can seek immediate employment.
University of Miami
This university has a number of production resources, including an on-campus studio, digital cinema cameras, electronic equipment, a soundstage and digital animation stations. Students have the chance to participate in international film and photo programs, as well as documentary field trips. They can also share their work at an annual professional showcase in Los Angeles. Additionally, the school has a student-run film studio where students can create films outside of the classroom.
Bachelor of Science in Communication - Motion Pictures
Individuals in this program are required to complete the requirements for the School of Communication, as well as earn a separate minor or a second major. They also must select a concentration from one of the following areas: screenwriting, general, production, critical studies or business. Some of the required courses include cinematic history, storytelling, motion picture business, screenwriting and digital production fundamentals.
Master of Fine Arts in Motion Pictures
During the second year of this 66-credit-hour master's degree program, students are encouraged to explore both a primary and secondary specialization and to complete two creative projects. The school provides graduate students with the chance to travel abroad to create a motion picture project. To graduate from this 3-year program, students must complete a thesis portfolio.