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10 film schools in the USA: top list


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10 film schools in the USA: top list


To realize the dream of filmmaker's fame, you must first get a good education. A better place than America can not be found for this - a profile education in the US will help a student become a sought-after specialist, and maybe pretend to be a personal star on the Walk of Fame!

1. American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA)

This institution is little like a training one. Rather, it is a playground on which cinematic beau monde - producers, directors, writers - can improve their skills or, if desired, change the profile, specialize in a new field. On a non-profit basis, you can go through the master's program "conservatory program".

The peculiarity of this program is its teachers. Learning from celebrities who join the same galaxy as David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malik (also AFI graduates), whose names are heard not only among common people, but also among professionals, is an opportunity for a short time (the program by volume in Times less than UCLA or USC) to stand with them on one "bar".

Graduates of the film school AFI annually defil on the "Oscar-winning" catwalk, confirming the impeccable professionalism of their great teachers.

As a diploma work is a film shot by a student on the money of the school: 13.5 thousand dollars and casting from the professional association Screen Actors Guild, which has about 120,000 actors.

2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

The budget of this school is made up of the donations of its graduates. And there are more than 10,000 of them today. Almost all of them are millionaires, who do not yearly allocate money for improving their "alma mater" to huge (by the average citizen's standards) money. Due to this, USC successfully competes with AFI, which collects the best of the best under its "banners".

Unprecedented level of technical equipment of the USC film school attracts those who dream of Hollywood. With the help of money that the school receives not only from graduates, but also from masters of American cinema (George Lucas listed $ 175 million, approximately the same amount "gives" Steven Spielberg, who did not graduate from USC), students learn to implement fantastic ideas on the bachelor's program And magistracy.

School of Cinematic Arts USC publishes professional producers, screenwriters and filmmakers - its potential sponsors, as they all make a rapid career in the film industry, not forgetting the school that showed them the path to fame.

Here are just a few names that do honor not only to the USC school, but to the entire world cinema: George Lucas, Ron Howard, Jon Landau.

3. New York University (New York, NY)

No one can encroach on Hollywood's star status. But the film school NYU Tisch School of the Arts, located in New York, it's not necessary.

Students feel a constant attention to themselves, as there are not more than 12 people in the group. This creates a special atmosphere between them and the teachers, allows face to face to communicate with eminent guests - former school graduates who regularly "see" their mentors, share their secrets of mastery with the beginning workers of the "dream factory".

Who knows, we would have heard the names of Martin Scorsese or Oliver Stone, if they had studied in another film school. NYU Tisch School of the Arts did not only them, but thousands of artists whose names have already entered the history of the world film industry.

Students have the opportunity to go through three levels of study and get a degree in the field of cinematography:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master;
  • Doctor.

The debutant, who shot the best "exam" film, receives a prize of 200,000 dollars. Should I think after that which school to study?

The graduates of NYU Tisch School of the Arts at different times were Todd Phillips, James EdwardFranco, Joel Coen, Charlie Kaufman.

4. University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

UCLA School of Theater Film and Television is one of the best film academies in America. But, unlike its competitors - financial and technical giants - an international mentality, UCLA management managed to create an unusually comfortable learning environment in the walls of its establishment. Such, which can not boast of any campus in California.

UCLA students have a unique opportunity: after learning the film art under the Bachelor's and Master's program, they can use the materials of the largest film archive in the US, which is only second only to the library of the Congress in value and volume.

The film school has released a whole galaxy of American "stars", among which are Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, Tim Robbins.

5. California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)

The founder of the CalArts film school, Walt Disney, hardly suspected that his "child" would eventually turn into one of America's best film schools. This institution was originally conceived as a "university" for animators, but, according to its dean Steve Anker, became an "experimental school", under the roof of which all kinds of art could live.

So it is, in CalArts experiment is put "on the flow", thanks to which produces not only ordinary animators, but also playwrights, documentaries, directors. Training in bachelor and master's programs goes in different directions:

  • Animation;
  • dramatic narrative;
  • experimental cinematography,
  • multimedia.

The school was successfully completed by Tim Burton, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter.

6. Columbia University (New York, NY)

Columbia University entered the "Ivy Cinema" due to the unique composition of the teachers. It almost entirely consists of laureates - famous filmmakers, screenwriters and producers, such as Milos Forman, Barbara de Fina, Mir Nain.

Graduates of Columbia University can not boast of multi-million royalties, but without them their names make the amateurs of American cinema tremble: Kathryn Bigelow, Lisa Cholodenko, Nicole Holofcener.

7. Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)

Wesleyan University belongs to those schools whose reputation is based on the authority of its founders. The name of Jeanine Basinger is too significant for students who wish to obtain a bachelor's degree in the field of cinematography, could bypass it.

The college publishes "aesthetes" of cinema, which, in addition to studying directly the programs for this kind of art, deepen their humanitarian knowledge, which qualitatively affects their vision of the world through the prism of the movie camera.

Compare Wesleyan University with the USC and UCLA - the giants of Hollywood - it's pointless, because it's about the various applied techniques that schools use in training. Janine Basinger works with each of the 80 students individually, "on fingers" explaining the nuances of creating a film: writing script, filming, editing. At the same time, students are closely acquainted with the "evolution" of professional tools, ranging from manual, ending with the newest digital equipment.

High grades of the school are confirmed annually by its graduates: Miguel Arteta, Michael Bay, Akiva Goldsman, Zak Penn, Rick Nicita, Joss Whedon, Larry Mark.

8. University of North Carolina (Winston-Salem, NC)

The UNC School of the Arts Academy offers students the opportunity to plunge into the world of art. Cinema in the training program is on a par with music, including with collective music making, theater, choreography and design.

Apparently, because of their versatile education, school graduates regularly cashed in multi-million royalties for the creation of "traditional" films and receive prestigious awards for art films: Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill.

9. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

Art for the sake of art - such a motto could be written at the entrance to the film school UT Austin Radio-Television-Film. The main direction is india, independent cinema, which students learn to do in modern conditions. Technical equipment UT Austin Radio-Television-Film allows you to gradually learn the subtleties of cinema in professional studios. The average student of the school is practiced in at least two special areas.[999,122]

Among the famous graduates of Bruce Hendricks, Robert Rodriguez, Matthew McConaughey.

10. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

The Department of Transmedia - the "unit" Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts - the territory of modern cinema, based on the latest computer technology. Students of the school perfectly master the latest methods (not only practical, but also theoretical) of creating a film, confidently using animation, special effects, video, know the process of producing a film from "A" to "I".

The school accepts a limited number of students - only 40 per year, so in practice each of them is dealt with individually. "Lucky", who managed to win the status of a promising student, get a unique opportunity - to participate in the "Week of Sorkin". This is a kind of master class, which takes place in Los Angeles. His "gurus" are Hollywood stars, and the founder is Aaron Sorkin, the "Oscar-winning" graduate of Syracuse University.

Famous colleagues "on the shop" - Chris Renaud, Albert Maysles, Aaron Sorkin.

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