7 Best Film Schools In The World

September 26, 2021

Everyone loves the idea of films. Everyone loves watching films. But the question is, do you have it in you to actually make films? 

Show Business has always sounded like an exciting place to work, and there is an endless stream of people going hoping to get their piece of the action. But trust me on this; it's not a piece of cake. 

What drives you towards filmmaking is not the cash or the glitter and razzmatazz; what drives you towards filmmaking is the sheer passion and dedication towards the art.

But your passion and dedication will get blossom up much better if you get a place that teaches you filmmaking professionally. And for that, you need to go to a film school where you can learn filmmaking in detail. 

However, all schools are not the same; thus, we've created this article that mentions the 7 best film schools in the world for your convenience. So let's see.

American Film Institute

AFI's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles offers a two-year program where students specialize in fields that includes directing, producing, and writing. The "fellows" there are kind of- more mature (average age is 27) and usually attend after having slogged in the industry. 

You get to make a thesis film with cool SAG actors and a good $13,500 in financing. If you know where you're going, AFI can get you there.

What you can study: MFA

Tuition Fees: $38,416 for first year; $37,112 for second year (plus $8,033 for thesis)

Notable alumni: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

To know more: http://www.afi.com/

University Of Southern California

USC probably has more graduates working in the industry than any other school. USC takes the cake for technical training thanks to unrivaled facilities; they have the coolest equipment (cameras, studios, et al.) and great ties with Hollywood. 

What you can study: Critical Studies, BA, MA, MFA, and Ph.D. programs in everything from film and TV to animation and digital arts

Tuition Fees: $42,000 (plus room and board)

Notable Alumni: George Lucas (Star Wars), Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), Jon Landau (Avatar)

To know more: http://cinema.usc.edu/

LA Femis

So, you can stay awake through French Cinema? La Femis is a public institution under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The course offers a well-rounded overview of the film business. 

Students are initiated into all aspects of production in the first year before specializing in a specific field chosen from seven main departments: directing, editing, sound, set design, cinematography, screenwriting, and production. But this one is a tough nut to crack because 3 percent of hopefuls get into this prestigious institute.

What you can study: Undergraduate degrees in screenwriting, directing, producing, sound design, editing, and film distribution

Tuition Fees: $517 for French citizens; $15,334 for foreigners

Notable Alumni: Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool), Celine Sciamma (Tomboy)

To know more: http://www.lafemis.fr/

Baden-Wurtemberg Film Academy

One day, Roland Emmerich went to the Baden-Wurtemberg Film Academy and recruited 14 students and graduates and told them to wipe out humanity from the face of this earth for his 1996 blockbuster 'Independence day' and guess what, these guys went on to win the 1997 Oscar for visual effects.

Known for its practical approach to filmmaking, the academy is a leader in animation and visual effects training. But Baden-Wurtemberg only admits students who have at least one year of practical experience in the film business and two years for its producer's program. 

To know more: http://www.filmakademie.de/?L=1

The National Film And Television School

NFTS isn't the best film school in the UK but is the only film school in the UK. However, The NFTS boasts many new programs and access to Britain's thriving movie and TV industry through development deals with Channel 4, the BBC, and Aardman.

What you can study: MA in film and TV

Tuition Fees: $14,300 for residents; $32,000 for overseas students

Notable Alumni: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit). 

To know more: http://www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk/index.php?module=Frontpage&flashinstall=no

Beijing Film Academy

China's most elite school for film direction, production, and writing accepts about 500 applicants out of 100,000 (China ALWAYS has many people). 

The school is a new talent for film and TV production and closely linked with the nearby Beijing Film Studio.

What you can study: BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs in everything from performance and direction to cinematography and animation. All degree programs are conducted in Chinese, though international students may take some courses in English or study Chinese at the Film Academy.

Tuition Fees: Program fees range from $1,240 to $1,550 for local students; international students pay $6,665 to $7,905 per year for film programs. 

Notable Alumni: Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers), Tian Zhuangzhuang (The Blue Kite)

To know more: http://www.bfa.edu.cn/eng/EIndex.htm

Syracuse University

Syracuse's Department of Transmedia includes:

  • Filmmaking.
  • Computer art (animation and visual effects).
  • Video art all in one place.

Go there, and you'll learn the whole process, from script to pre-production to post. Only 40 students a year get plenty of attention.

What you can study: BFA and MFA in film, with minors and majors also available in animation/VFX

Tuition Fees: $53,790 (includes room and board)

 Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Chris Renaud (Despicable Me), Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Notable Alumni: http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/transmedia

Think you have it in you to go ahead and make a difference? Then pull up your socks and follow your dream. Let's end with this inspiring quote.

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that, you're just negotiating your budget and your fee. –James Cameron

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