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 participated in our festival because they value your talent and effort. All of the colleges below participated in the 2018 College Fair, unless otherwise noted.
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!
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: 92% of 2016 Filmmaking graduates are employed within six months months after graduating and 83% of them are in jobs related to their career goals.
Program Synopsis: Recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the world and ranked #7 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 in all facets of film and media arts. 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, resident filmmakers, and Chapman Filmed Entertainment, our in-house production company.
Program Synopsis: Beginning in 2014/15, students interested in Film+Media can pursue studies in fiction, nonfiction, and experimental /emergent technologies. In this emphasis, the majority of class time will be spent in making a variety of media so students can graduate with a portfolio of work that includes pieces made individually as well as with a larger crew. Students focus on all aspects of preproduction, production, and post-production and graduate with a portfolio of work including pieces made individually and as a part of a larger crew.
With future-focused curriculum in modern facilities, courses are offered in video, film, and sound arts for a successful career in time-based media. Explore filmmaking, editing, videography, cinematic lighting, sound design, narrative, and non-narrative storytelling, documentary, and intermedia using a variety of exhibition formats.
The Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia (iET+I) fosters student research, activities, and projects in emerging technologies. In the tech-meets-arts environment that is Seattle, iET+I supports interdisciplinary projects through shared resources.
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 driven by an independent film spirit. We inspire students to work collaboratively and inclusively while exploring a variety of filmmaking genres including webseries, documentary, interactive, narrative, and scripted television.
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: 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: Students at Mason Gross are trained in all aspects of their craft in both fiction and documentary production by working with professional filmmakers with a track record of producing award-winning feature and short documentaries that reach broad audiences. Our interdisciplinary model is designed to establish marketable skills in the emerging field of digital communication blended with a wide array of liberal arts electives. Filmmaking opportunities within the Rutgers Film Lab, our professional documentary unit, allow students to gain professional experience and production credit.
Program Synopsis: The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.
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: In the heart of the fourth-largest media market, Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. It is considered the Philadelphia region’s leading provider of media employees. At Klein College, academic and artistic exchanges occur between and among a wide variety of disciplines including Advertising, Communication and Social Influence, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media Studies and Production and Public Relations. The School of Theater, Film and Media Arts (TFMA) at Temple University fuse the highest quality professional training with scholarship and artistry to forge a passionate, diverse creative learning community. With an enrollment of over 500 undergraduates and about 40 graduate students, TFMA trains engaged artists, who are also critical thinkers and scholars, attuned to the issues facing media makers. Within TFMA, the Department of Film and Media Arts is a top-tier production and studies program, offering B.A., B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A degrees.
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!