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Movie Colleges: School and College Programs for a Movie Career

Film schools train students for careers in the Television and movie industry. Students seeking a program in this field might wish to consider a school's facility and location, in addition to their personal industry interests before deciding where to pursue their education.

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Movies require a lot of employees in a wide variety of creative areas. Many colleges, both private and public, offer programs in cinema studies that will help students enter this field.

Top Movie Colleges

These schools have highly reputable film programs, the majority of which are located in California.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,277
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750
American Film Institute Conservatory Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Graduate Certificate $47,030 (graduate only)
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,763 in-state, $37,471 out-of-state
California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $43,986
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $44,176 (graduate only)
Chapman University Orange, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,260
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $42,795
Wesleyan University Middletown, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $49,274
Emerson College Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $41,052

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Since a wide range of degree options exist within this industry, Hollywood hopefuls must first decide which career path they would like to pursue. A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Movie Production, Bachelor of Arts in Film or Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies are just a few options at the undergraduate level with additional offerings at the graduate level.

  • Major film markets are Los Angeles and New York City; schools located here could provide coveted internships and competitive employment opportunities post-grad.
  • Seek programs with hands-on opportunities, ample studio space, and cutting-edge equipment and technology.
  • Seasoned faculty members or those still active within the industry may provide insight in school and crucial connections upon graduation.
  • Schools with post-grad programs may lend themselves to greater opportunities in various fields.

There are many programs around the nation with programs in movie production, however, the best seem centered around New York and Los Angeles. Most of the best programs are offered at private campuses, but some are at public universities which are most cost efficient.

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