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.