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Top Film Colleges

As a film major, you’ll learn the technical, theoretical, and practical aspects of media production and how to tell stories through the visual medium. In addition to hands-on coursework in areas such as editing, directing, acting, screenwriting, and sound production, film majors also study the history of cinema, the works of great directors, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of the craft.

Film majors typically aspire to careers in directing, screenwriting, editing, producing, or a wealth of other behind-the-scenes roles in the entertainment industry. However, finding success with a film degree is not entirely dependent on the whims of Hollywood. Film majors can also consider other related careers such as: advertising, marketing, communications, copywriter, film critic, or teaching.

What do you need to make it in a Film program?

Students concentrating in film need attributes well beyond sheer academic prowess to be successful. The ability to connect with an audience through story, think creatively, as well as possessing an artist’s eye are some of the qualities that separate film majors from the rest of the pack. Those who are highly-organized, disciplined, determined, and responsive to criticism/feedback are at an advantage both in school and upon entering the profession.

Your Film College Checklist:

  • Does the program focus more on theory or production?
  • Does your prospective college offer opportunities to specialize in your area of interest? (i.e. documentary filmmaking, animation, screenwriting, etc.)
  • Is the school located in a geographically advantageous area? (i.e. near New York City or Los Angeles)
  • What is the professional experience of the faculty? Do they have ties to the industry?
  • Will you have access to the same equipment and editing facilities as graduate students?
  • Will you have 24/7 access to studios and editing space?

The Top Film Colleges & Universities

The film industry is highly competitive and finding the right college and program to prepare you for this cutthroat field is important. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Loyola Marymount University, NYU, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Film Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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