Filmmaking: Tips, Sources & Tools — January 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

Filmmaking schools: options to consider for best education

So, if you have decided to attend a film college to get education, which one to chose? Which is the best? What do you do with the education after you finish and do you end up with a degree?

And finally, are there alternatives to film making schools? These are very important questions that should be answered and understood before any further steps are taken.

Even if you cannot afford a college education in film major, it does not necessarily mean your filmmaking career is over, however, its important to know some fundamentals, and that’s what film schools can provide for you.

Check below for some options that you can consider upon going to a film college of your choice.
Finding the best for your needs – You can find the best film college by using the same methods you would to find any other school or college. Make sure you’re finding at least several film schools and then compare them for the courses they are offering, the expense of the school itself and its location. The farther the school is away from your home, the more expense you will incur during attendance, another consideration that you have to keep in mind. If you are comparing costs of the school, you have to include the cost of travel and lodging but should try not to let that be the only factor that influences your choice.

What do you do with your film college education? – Not everyone who graduates from a film college will go on to make huge budgeted films or small budgeted arts films. Not everyone who has made it to the end of their schooling will ever make it behind a camera – but they will have the satisfaction of having completed the college courses and the ability to do other jobs in the film making industry. Not everyone reaches the top, but it doesn’t mean they all fall down.

Do you get a degree from a film college? – For most forms of education, you know that when you are done you will have a degree or a certificate of completion to show off to the world. For film college, you may get a degree if you take a full education or you may only earn credits if you take individual courses instead.

Any alternatives to film college? – There are several alternatives to a film education including learning as you go, a tricky and potentially dangerous alternative that many people try and fail at every year. There are other, lower cost schools but the educational quality is also lower. There is also No Budget Film Making, a low cost alternative to traditional film school education.

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