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Preparing for Film School

If you are considering film school for after you graduate, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school&right now. Film schools are competitive and demanding; therefore, it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the courses you will want to take include English/communications, creative arts and music to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list. If you are applying to a more technical program (in, say, lighting, sound recording, etc.), then math and computer courses are also beneficial, and sometimes required.

If you are still in high school and are thinking about applying to film school, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted:

  • If the program requires an audition or portfolio of creative work, remember that these represent you to a school. You can practice your skills by participating in a photography or video club at your high school, and your community may also have similar organizations or local contests you can get involved in.


  • Consider attending a summer or spring break arts camp to develop your skills and expand your knowledge of possible fields of study. This will also show your seriousness and maturity.


  • Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for film school. This will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.


  • Validating your interest by volunteering and providing direct service to arts-based activities in your community is another good way to demonstrate your commitment and can make a difference to your being accepted into this competitive field.


  • Consider how you can develop leadership skills while you are still in high school. Admissions committees value applicants who can demonstrate leadership potential, so you might want to consider joining--or even starting--school clubs, volunteer programs, or getting a summer job, whether related to you desired field of study or not.

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    Full Sail University - Online
    Push Your Creativity To The Next Level
    Programs Offered:
    • Digital Cinematography, Bachelor of Science

     
    Regent University
    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Arts in Film & TV
    • Master of Arts in Film & TV - Producing
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    Kaplan University
    Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
    Programs Offered:
    • BS in Business Administration - New Media/Internet Marketing

     
    Syracuse Communications

    Communications@Syracuse is an online Master of Science in Communications from the world-renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
     

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Science in Communications

     
    Colorado Technical University Online
    A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Development

     
    Fortis Institute
    Fortis Institute
    Programs Offered:
    • Associates in Internet Marketing

     
    New England Institute of Technology

    New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

    Programs Offered:
    • AS - Video Game Design
    • BS - Video Game Design

     
    Los Angeles Film School
    Get the career of your dreams with an education from the Los Angeles Film School.
    Programs Offered:
    • Associate of Science, Film
    • Bachelor of Science, Film

     
    The Art Institutes system of schools

    With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

    Programs Offered:
    • Digital Filmmaking & Video Production (BS)

     
    The F.I.R.S.T. Institute

    F.I.R.S.T. College offers educational programs specializing in the exciting fields of Recording Arts and Film and Video Production.

    Programs Offered:
    • Film & Video

     
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