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Film School University
Talking about film education, there is a remarkable difference between schools and universities. Schools are more like training centers, better adapted to enhancing one's skills while universities may or may not feel a training center (and I mean hands on experience) they most certainly would generate a diploma. And that is as important as, say, a portfolio showcasing anyone's talents.
So the argument would go this way: which is better, to have a formal film school university training or set an emphasis in nurturing specific talents usually associated with film art training centers? That depends either on luck and determination. There are grounds that support both options, like Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson who without film school university training have become distinguished filmmakers in their own right. But of course we have Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola who are one of the remarkable film makers of this century.
The answer is money versus opportunity. Film School University requires money. But in exchange, there is better opportunity. With good talent and creativeness, matching it with a tangible proof of diploma, it usually makes a better credential. And of course, almost all film school universities make it a requirement to have one's own portfolio before completing the studies.
It is therefore recommended to take university based training, with hopefully enough money designated for tuition. There's no equal when it comes to university based training, and in fact most reputable film learning centers are Film School University.
Here are the best film school universities all over the globe.
Academy of Art at www.academyart.edu
There are a dozen of things splendid with Academy of Art University School of Motion Pictures and Television in San Francisco. That they are located in California is one. Most of their faculties have direct involvement with the Hollywood industry one time or another.
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University has ever since grown to be the finest and the largest, having 9,000 students makes an indication of its academic system. They offer lots of arts programs, and their School of Motion Pictures and Television Program is their offer to the best education on film arts.
La Fémis at www.lafemis.fr
With direct influence to the yearly Cannes Film Festival, La Fémis is the most reputable film school university in Europe, catering to over hundreds of filmmaking students. Due to student applications that range internationally, La Fémis has become competitively selective, with a few students able to enroll from out of thousands applicants.