Music Video Directing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Aspiring music video directors can get relevant education through programs in film and production. These programs are available at universities and art schools around the country.

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Film and video production can be studied at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Some programs allow students to focus their studies in directing.

Schools with Film Production Programs

These schools offer relevant programs for future music video directors:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private BA & MA $43,103 (undergraduate), $27,468 (graduate)
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private BS & MFA $48,436 (undergraduate), $47,422 (graduate)
Chapman University Orange, CA 4-year, Private BA, BFA, MFA & MBA $47,260 (undergraduate), $25,331 (graduate)
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private MFA $42,280
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private BS $48,791
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private MFA $38,592
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private BA & MFA $46,320 (undergraduate), $45,729 (graduate)
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private BFA & MFA $43,318 (undergraduate), $33,312 (graduate)
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private BA, BFA & MFA $50,277 (undergraduate), $39,984 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations to take into account when choosing a school:

  • Aspiring movie directors may want to look for schools that allow students to pursue a formal concentration in directing or video production.
  • Students may want to look into the internship opportunities offered through the school, which can provide valuable experience as well as professional networking opportunities.
  • It is important to make sure that the school has industry-standard equipment, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, and editing software, available for student use. .
  • Students may want to look for schools where faculty members have expertise in music video production.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

In bachelor's degree programs in film and video production, students gain a comprehensive overview of the moviemaking industry, studying film history, theory and production techniques. While these programs usually cover each step of the video production process, there are some schools at which students can choose a concentration in directing. Graduates can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in this field. Most programs take four years to complete, but some schools provide accelerated three-year programs.

Master's Degree Programs

In Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Film Production programs, aspiring music video directors take more advanced courses and get more extensive experience with filmmaking. They also allow for a greater degree of specialization; directing is commonly offered as a concentration option. Prior to graduation, students are usually required to submit a final thesis film.

Students wanting to become music video directors may find a number of schools that offer degrees in film and video production that will prepare them for their career goals.

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