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.
Synopsis: Biola's School of Cinema and Media Arts has been ranked as one of the top film schools in the world by multiple industry-leading sources. Here at Biola we are about ACCESS, access to leading industry equipment from day one and access to industry connections to build your network to tell stories that matter.
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: The Film program at Cornish is a writer/director pathway. Study filmmaking and learn the art form from first idea to script to color correction. Experiment with language, sound design, and editing. Collaborate with artists from all of our visual and performing arts majors and make film in an art school setting that concentrates on the art and craft of cinema.
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 brings together 1,300 students and more than 80 faculty and staff, creating a vibrant learning environment that has propelled it to be one of the nation’s great communications schools. Elon students encounter a challenging curriculum and immerse themselves in professional settings – all under the mentorship of teacher-scholars with years of experience in news, interactive media, television, public relations, advertising, web design, screenwriting, film production, photojournalism and sport management.
Contact: Colin Donohue, School of Communications Director of Student Engagement and Alumni Relations & Instructor in Journalism (email@example.com)
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: Built on story, the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts immerses students in the art of filmmaking. Whether specializing in live-action, animation, or visual effects, students learn how to write and direct films that utilize the various tools they need to tell their stories from script to screen. The College, ranked #13 by The Hollywood Reporter, teaches the craft of filmmaking, but more importantly, the scalable skills to tell stories effectively, artfully, and authentically – regardless of background, capital, or circumstances.The Film School puts additional emphasis on collaboration by training students to be renaissance filmmakers and unselfish collaborators. Instead of renting or competing for resources, every student is guaranteed equal access to a full range of industry-standard equipment and facilities. Additionally, the College provides funding for each student production.
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: The Media School combines decades-long traditions of journalism and communications with a commitment to preparing students for 21st-century media careers. Our graduates are journalists and marketing professionals, advertising executives and public relations experts, filmmakers and directors, scholars, game designers, researchers and more. Together, we’re creating the media landscape of the future.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 812-855-1072
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: Film Studies at Muhlenberg offers a rigorous interdisciplinary experience that helps students understand both the technical and expressive components of the cinematic medium and gain practical experience in film production within the framework of a liberal arts education. Students will be exposed to many different forms and genres of film, including classic Hollywood cinema, but also documentary, independent, and experimental film along with the rich traditions of world cinema. The production component of the curriculum gives every student the opportunity for hands-on experience in filmmaking and allows motivated students to pursue additional work in screenwriting, acting and directing, and advanced video production.
Contact: Amy Corbin, Acting Chair of Film Studies email@example.com
Program reels: www.muhlenberg.edu/academics/film-studies/studentproductions
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: The BFA in Film in the Ohio University School of Film is a unique curriculum providing professional training in all major aspects of filmmaking alongside a solid foundation in film studies. The program prepares students to succeed in careers in the film and television industry, in professional areas utilizing time-based media (i.e., the web, advertising), and/or as independent artists. The focus of the program is to develop each student’s individual strengths as visual storytellers, creative voices, and critical media practitioners within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. By encouraging students to master a wide range of tools as well as specific areas of knowledge and experience, the program aims to nurture filmmakers that will be ready, upon graduation, to work in a multifaceted and rapidly changing media world, while discovering and expressing their unique creative vision.
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: Cinema Arts students at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA begin producing creative work starting in their first semester. In our professional laboratory, students work to tell their stories in a dynamic, collaborative educational environment. Our graduates are equipped with the tools and know-how needed to thrive in their chosen field.
Point Park University offers B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in: Animation and Visual Effects, Cinema Production, Cinema and Media Studies, Screenwriting, and Writing for the Screen and Media, and our M.F.A. Low Residency program in Screenwriting & Playwriting.
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: Digital Film Production is the study of contemporary forms of filmmaking. You will gain a solid grounding in established techniques as well as exploring emerging digital technologies.
The course will give you the skills and experience to produce innovative shorts, features, commercials and documentaries. The film industry underpins the course, and our students learn the importance of all aspects of the production journey from financial backing to building a fan base for a film. Alongside this, we facilitate engagement with film technologies such as Green Screen and give you opportunities to experiment with 3D techniques.
Our film courses are highly regarded in the film industry, and students are often working on professional shoots from their first year on the course.
Program Synopsis: You can pursue your passion for storytelling as it relates to the moving image at RIT’s School of Film and Animation. The BFA degree in film and animation offers two options—animation and production. Spanning from conception to application to the production of short films—animation focuses on 2D, 3D, and stop motion animation. Production focuses on fiction and documentary storytelling, involving students in screenwriting and working with camera, editing and sound equipment. The school also offers a BS degree in motion picture science. This major provides a science-and engineering-based education in the fundamental imaging technologies used for the motion picture industry. And RIT is home to MAGIC Spell Studios, a new 52,000-square-foot facility where a community of faculty and student game designers, programmers, filmmakers, and animators collaborate with industry partners to build entertainment and interactive experiences. The facility encompasses a fully functional film sound stage, sound mix and color correction post-production studios, a 4K Dolby Atmos theater, and several working media laboratories.
Film and Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
Contact for Production Option: Jack Beck; firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Animation Option: Brian Larson; email@example.com
Motion Picture Science Bachelor of Science Degree
Contact for Motion Picture Science: Ricardo Figueroa; firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Synopsis: At Mason Gross, Students receive hands-on training in directing, cinematography, screenwriting, producing, field production, animation, editing and post-production technique, while delving into filmmaking history, theory and criticism. Because the filmmaking center is located within a major research university, the filmmaking BFA provides students access to vast intellectual resources and opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning.
Contact: Emalina Thompson, Associate Director of Admissions
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.
Program Synopsis: The BFA in Film + Digital Content fosters emerging artists in the critical early stages of their development through intensive, studio-developed studies in cinematography, directing, screen-writing, sound design, producing, and all reference to aspects of production.
Contact: EMAIL: info@StudioSchool.edu
PHONE: (800) 762-1993
Program Synopsis: Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication is among the largest and most comprehensive college of media and communication in the United States. We live in an information-rich world, where technical skills and media knowledge converge to create the perfect backdrop for an exciting career. Whether you want to be on-air talent, become a lighting specialist, produce and edit sound and video, run your own media firm or work behind a camera, the Media Studies and Production program will both challenge and reward you. You can also earn your master’s degree in Media Studies and Production in just one additional year.
The Department of Film and Media Arts is a leading theory-practice program emphasizing diversity, innovation, and connection through bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of arts and master of fine arts degree programs. Temple FMA features commercial and industrial-grade cinema gear including Arri Amiras, Sony Fs7’s, RED cameras, Steadicams, jibs, drones and full production equipment as well as high-end virtual reality tools. And from Sundance to Cannes, our alumni can be found exhibiting cutting-edge work worldwide.
Program Synopsis: Writing, directing, and making movies is an art, craft, and business -- VCUarts Cinema empowers you to connect the dots and tell your story. VCUarts Cinema offers an accelerated 3 year program that provides students the opportunity to weave in other areas of study, thereby enhancing their abilities to impact the future of movie making.
VCUarts offers professional mentoring at a nationally-ranked public arts school located in Richmond, VA; a diverse and entrepreneurial city with a vibrant food and art scene. The VCUarts Cinema Program is lead by TyRuben Ellingson (Jurassic Park, Avatar, Pacific Rim).
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!