If you are serious about pursuing a career in film, you'll need to know what higher education opportunities are available. Our College Corner is here to help! Film and Media have become immensely popular areas of study and there are literally hundreds of schools offering a diverse range of programming. This page offers an organized and expansive list of schools that focus on creative arts education so that you can make informed decisions about your future as a creative. Take some time to check out each school and their unique approach to film and media education. Invite your parents and guidance counselors to review the material with you. This will help you feel confident that you're finding a fit that will recognize your talents and help you fulfill your dreams. The schools featured here are participating in our festival because they value your talent and effort.
Stay tuned! We will be announcing the colleges that will be participating in the 2019 Festival as they register. The 2019 College Fair details are currently to be determined but this year’s AAHSFF will take place on October 11th - 13th, 2019. Come out to the festival and meet with representatives, pick up brochures and prepare for your future. Follow us on social media for updates and information!
If you are a representative of a college, school or program and would like to be a part of the 2019 AAHSFF College Fair please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Registration Packet.
Program Synopsis: Champlain's degree in Filmmaking is specifically tailored to the next generation of filmmakers. If you are passionate about telling stories visually, this program will prepare you in best practices by providing you access to cutting-edge equipment and by developing your creative and technical skills. With our upside-down curriculum, you will take film classes beginning in your first semester and our curriculum is designed to support a semester of international study. Filmmaking majors may study abroad at our campus in Montreal, Canada, and take advantage of one of the many industry opportunities in the vibrant city.
Our career data highlights the success of our program: 100% of 2018 Filmmaking graduates are employed within six months months after graduating.
Program synopsis: Recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the world and ranked #6 by The Hollywood Reporter among American film schools, Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees that address the rapidly changing entertainment business, so you learn not only how to tell a story, but what it takes to pitch, produce, finance, market and distribute the stories you want to tell. Our state-of-the-art facilities open to you 24/7, coupled with our award-winning faculty, many of who still work in the industry, inspire our hands-on, collaborative learning environment. As a student at Dodge College, you’ll connect with the industry via guest lectures, special events, career panels, and resident filmmakers.
Program Synopsis: Today’s young filmmakers are leaving college at an exciting time. From the multi-billion dollar industry of Hollywood to the scrappy intimacy of independent film, there are more opportunities than ever to work in motion pictures.
However, the Film & Video program at Drexel University prepares students for more than a job. Our mission is to build long-term careers for the filmmakers we educate.
At Drexel, you will learn to respect the art, craft, and significant responsibility of storytelling. We will help you offer and accept criticism of your work and that of your peers. Through our faculty, guest speakers, and alumni network, Drexel will connect you to a community within the industry, both local and global. You will become a collaborator and life-long learner, ready to bring your own voice into the world.
Program Synopsis: The School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina is home to a dynamic cinema program with engaging teachers, superb technology and outstanding facilities including a movie theatre. The school operates the Elon in Los Angeles program with both spring and summer programs. Students can earn either a BA or BFA in Cinema & Television Arts. Elon cinema students have won the audience award twice in the past three years in the national Sprite Films competition, and a recent graduate won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Audience Award for drama. Elon is one of only 18 private universities in the nation with an accredited communications school.
Program Synopsis: Full Sail University offers campus and online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, Full Sail’s approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
Program Synopsis: George Mason University’s Film program offers a B.A. in Film and Video Studies with concentrations in Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, and Screenwriting. Film at Mason is a community of cinematic storytellers that fosters creativity, analysis, and diverse perspectives, professional practice and socially conscious filmmaking.
Program Synopsis: Filmmaking students work with film and digital technologies in a variety of genres to pursue projects from beginning to end—from writing to casting to lighting and filming, to post-production and promotion...and beyond!
When not in the studio or working on location, students are immersed in the theory and traditions behind the craft so they become fluent in the language of film.
Program Synopsis: What makes our filmmaking programs and workshops unique?It is done by immersion in the process and by knowing the "whys" that teach the "hows." At the Academy you will learn by doing from day one. It is done by hands-on experience, trial and error, feedback and correction, and questions and answers. Your teachers will demystify the craft of film production and challenge you to master the art of visual storytelling.
In the creation of our film school and curriculum, we worked with students and faculty from around the world. We adapted the best ideas and elements from the top university film schools and designed an alternative which provides a thorough grounding in filmmaking, and is also flexible in meeting the diverse needs of our students.
New York Film Academy Offers the Best Hands-On Filmmaking, Acting, Cinematography, Producing, Screenwriting & Documentary Programs. With Degrees, Accelerated Courses & Intensive Workshops. Schools in New York City, Los Angeles, and Around the World.
Program Synopsis: OnSET is a 2 year intensive program for a fraction of the cost of typical film schools’ associate programs and extremely more equitable than their 4 year programs. We emphasize learning not only the creative but the business side of the entertainment industry.
OnSET is an accelerated mentorship program in a real-world entertainment industry environment that stresses hands on learning over theory. You will learn about the industry by being in the unique cross-pollinated environment of our day to day, interacting with the industry as a whole in a real-world environment.
Through our weekly guest lecture programs, you will experience and gain knowledge from the best of the best in our industry. From Academy and Emmy Award winning writers and producers to the biggest tv packaging agents to award winning below the line key crew, we have created an intimate mentor inspired program that will provide you with direct access to these individuals that will last long after your time with us.
Over the course of 2 years, you will also develop and write a screenplay with our collective guidance and input. You will learn how to pitch and package your work. How to navigate financing on the independent as well as studio levels -- and whose doors to knock on when the timing is right. More importantly, you will learn how to knock on those doors.
You will be fully integrated into our world. We’ll attend multiple screenings, industry networking events, film festivals and film premieres. You will participate in various internship programs in your desired field of the industry. You will spend time working alongside the team at PIPELINE ENTERTAINMENT learning the ins and outs of development, production, management, contract negotiations, client relations, distribution, marketing and financing via our real-world production management business.
Our curriculum culminates in the actual production of a feature film at the end of year 1 that our students will work on from script to screen, learning every facet and intricacy of the process along the way.
Perhaps the most unique and innovative aspect of our program – the students are the primary investors of that feature film. All tuition fees will be treated as a recoupable investment in that film. Your first credit won’t be an inadequately funded thesis film you have to pay for on top of your tuition. It will be a highly marketable feature film that you will make with industry professionals and also learn how to sell, market and distribute upon its completion as a PRODUCER.
LEARN FROM THOSE WHO DO – OWN YOUR FILM SCHOOL EDUCATION
Program Synopsis: The Cinema Arts Department offers cutting-edge degree programs in Cinema Production, Screenwriting, and Animation & Visual Effects. As a hands-on, production-focused department, our students begin producing creative work starting day one. In our professional laboratory, students work with state-of-the-art equipment in a dynamic, collaborative educational environment. Our graduates are equipped with the tools and know-how needed to thrive in their chosen field.
Program Synopsis: From your first week at Quinnipiac and every semester thereafter, as either a BA or BFA major in the Film, Television and Media Arts program, you will be taking production courses.
We seek to foster the professional growth of artful storytellers and innovative content providers in an environment that combines theory and practice across all platforms for visual media production and distribution. Course work includes single and multi-camera television, audio, animation, interactive media and film production and post-production, script writing and Senior Projects.
The program demands that students become technically accomplished, aesthetically grounded and expressively mature. Production and theory work is twined with course work delivering a wider context for the ethical, social, economic and cultural forces that impact national and global media industries.
Course work on campus can be supplemented with a semester of study in the Quinnipiac in Los Angeles program, internship opportunities and field acquisition course work, in recent years undertaken in Ireland, France and South Africa.
Program Synopsis: The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning. SCAD enrolls nearly 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners.
SCAD students explore every facet of film and television to find the roles that best suit their individual talents and strengths. With resources that rival Hollywood studios, award-winning professors, stunning locations, stellar film and television festivals, and a talent pool that includes actors, writers, sound editors, and set and costume designers, SCAD film and television students have every opportunity to direct their creative careers. SCAD student and alumni films have been showcased at festivals around the world, including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca film festivals, SXSW and many more. In 2017 alone, more than 60 SCAD student and alumni features were official film festival selections. SCAD filmmakers have earned a variety of accolades, including Student Emmy Awards, Student Academy Awards, the ICG Emerging Cinematographer Award, prestigious Red Dot Communication Design awards, and overall winner distinctions at the Forbes Under 30 Short Film Festival, among others. Alumni are instrumental to Grammy Award-winning music videos and visual albums like Beyoncé’s Lemonade and make the scene each year at the Academy Awards. In 2018, alumni contributed to the ceremony’s nominated films Get Out,The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, among many more.
Program Synopsis:Internationally esteemed as a school of Art and Design, the School provides degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels; offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of interdisciplinary study including Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects; Art and Technology; Art History, Theory and Criticism; Art Education; Ceramics; Fashion Design; Fiber & Material Studies; Painting and Drawing; Performance; Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture; Sound; Film, Video, New Media and Animation; Visual Communication; Visual and Critical Studies; and Writing; a comprehensive program in Liberal Arts. Portfolio required; SAT minimum score 500 Critical Reading or ACT minimum score 21 Reading; TOEFL minimum score 82 IBT or IELTS minimum score 6.5.
Program Synopsis: You’re already an independent filmmaker. Why should you go to SVA*NYC?
SVA Film is the most hands-on BFA program in New York City. Whether you specialize in Directing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Editing or Sound, you are immersed in filmmaking – and your work reflects that. We are an undergraduate program with a graduate attitude.
Your teachers and classmates are your partners in creativity. All of our instructors do what they teach. The relationships you form with your mentors mean you are already connected to the working world.
The School of Visual Arts is the only hands-on BFA in New York City, where your professors are all working professionals sharing what they love.
The School of Visual Arts is the country’s largest independent art school. You’re in an atmosphere with a rich tradition of innovation and originality, surrounded by the best image-makers in media. NYC is the art and idea capital of the world.
AT SVA Film, “independent” is not just a trendy pre-fix for “filmmaker. “ It’s the creative DNA that makes SVA artists different. It means having a personal vision and having choices in your career. We’re not just about getting a job, but having a life – doing what you love.
PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATING COLLEGES
All colleges below have participated in the AAHSFF college fair and are listed in alphabetical order. We encourage you to visit their websites and dig into their information to find the right college for you!