Film schools

American Film Institute
2021 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Details: The master of fine arts degree or certificate is awarded in six disciplines including cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design and screenwriting. The primary methodology of the conservatory is hands-on practice, utilizing traditional filmmaking and cutting-edge digital technology. Under the guidance of professional faculty, all AFI fellows must demonstrate mastery of the tools and techniques of their specific disciplines.

CalArts School of Film/Video
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2397
Details: School offers programs in the areas of live-action film and video, animation, directing and multimedia. Undergraduate programs lead to a bachelor of fine arts degree and graduate programs to a master of fine arts degree. Programs combine practical training with theoretical inquiry, hands-on production with aesthetic reflection.

Chapman University
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
DeMille Hall, Room 127
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Details: Bachelor’s degrees offered in film studies, public relations and advertising, film and television production, screenwriting and television, and broadcast journalism. Master’s degrees are offered in film studies, screenwriting, film and television producing, and film production. School features a small-class, hands-on and collaborative environment.

Columbia College Hollywood
School of Film and Television
18618 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Details: Offers Bachelors and Associate of Arts degrees in cinema and/or television production. Participants obtain hands-on training in the areas of directing, cinematography, producing, screenwriting and graphic arts, with a broad exposure to liberal arts. Students are expected to make several short films each year of their attendance. Most classes are offered in the afternoons and evenings which allow students the option to work while attending college.

Columbia University School of the Arts: Film Division
513 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Details: Offers an integrated curriculum centered on film as a storytelling medium, an emphasis reflected in varying degrees in every course. Instruction combines directing, writing, and producing with technical training and history/theory to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practice of dramatic narrative. In the first year, all students take a required integrated program of workshops and lectures before selecting a specialized concentration in screenwriting, directing or producing.

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Details: The undergraduate program comprises five degree programs: animation, film production, recording arts, screenwriting and television, and video production. Graduate program offers film production, television production and screenwriting.

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
721 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Details: Undergraduates study art, craft, and technology of film, television, video, animation and sound production. Program offers hands-on production experience coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal arts. Graduate students develop talent through actual production experience while learning about business procedures used in the field. The program consists of three years of courses and culminates with production of a thesis film in the form of a dramatic short or documentary. Program focuses on pre-production, production, post-production, writing, aesthetics and the entertainment business.

North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2188
Details: Five professional schools make up NCSA: dance, design and production (including a visual arts program), drama, filmmaking and music.
With its full academic program, the school is accredited to award a high school diploma, a college arts diploma, a professional artist certificate, and bachelor and master’s degrees.

Northwestern University School of Communication, Radio/TV/Film
Annie May Swift
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Details: Undergraduates focus on mediated communication systems and their role in creating and defining culture. Some faculty in this department study media and their content, examining such topics as the history of film, the history and design of documentaries, and the expression of cultural conflicts and themes in television. Other members of the faculty are media artists whose work involves analysis of media products and production of new creative work in media. Graduates focus on an innovative approach to storytelling: from character-driven psychological realism to personal or autobiographical or nonfictional work and their various intersections to the narrative multiplicities opened up by digital and interactive media. Students can work in short or long form, explore multiple genres, and are encouraged to range freely across media, both traditional (film, video, animation, screenwriting) and more recent (interactive, installation, 3-D animation).

San Francisco State University Cinema Dept.
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Details: Students in the B.A. program study film history, film theory and critical studies alongside screenwriting and production. The M.A. in cinema studies enables students to pursue research and writing in selected areas of film scholarship. The M.F.A. in cinema provides students with rigorous, professional training in cinema production in conjunction with an understanding of film history, theory and aesthetics. M.F.A. students explore current and emerging cinema technologies and are encouraged to develop new modes of expression; this program also prepares filmmakers who wish to teach cinema at the university level.

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
102 East Melnitz Hall
Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622
Details: University integrates the study of theater, film, television and digital media within a single professional school. Theater programs offer bachelor’s degree in theater, master of arts program leads to a general graduate research-oriented degree. There are opportunities, through electives and thesis or research topics, to stress a particular interest such as acting, design, directing, dramatic writing or theater history and criticism. The master of fine arts department offers degrees in acting, design and production, directing and playwriting. Ph.D. in theater is also offered. Film and TV program offers bachelor’s degrees in film and television; master of fine arts in animation, production/directing, producer’s program and screenwriting. The master of arts program is generally two years and focuses on the study of film and television history, theory, and criticism. Ph.D. program in critical studies is also offered.

USC School of Cinema-Television
University Park, LUC-404
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Details: School provides instruction in all areas of cinema, television and new-media studies. Undergraduate degrees are offered in critical studies, film and television production and writing for screen and television. Graduate degrees are offered in these fields as well as in animation and digital arts, producing and interactive media. Minors are also offered. The school emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, integration of theory and practice.

University of Texas at Austin College of Communication
Department of Radio-TV-Film
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712
Details: Offers a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film, with a specialized intensive track in media production. It also offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in media studies, an M.F.A. in film and television production, an M.A. in screenwriting, an M.F.A. in creative writing jointly with the English and theater departments, and joint master programs with the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Business School, the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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