Alberta College of Art and Design
1407 - 14TH AVENUE N.W.,
Alberta T2N 4R3
Bosa Centre
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver BC, Canada
British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Ave.,
British Columbia V5G 3H2
Canadian Film Centre
2489 Bayview Ave,
Ontario M2L 1A8
Capilano University
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3H5
Carleton University
(613) 520-2342
423 St. Patrick’s Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1S 5B6
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Vancouver BC
V6H 3R9
Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd,
P.O. Box 7005,
Ontario N5V 1W2
Film Training Manitoba
100 - 62 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1E9
Gulf Islands Film and Television School
9860 Porlier Pass Road,
Galiano Island,
British Columbia V0N-1P0
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
1 (416) 675-5067
205 Humber College Blvd,
Ontario M9W 5L7
International Academy of Design & Technology
Steeles Campus 2000 Steeles Ave W,
Toronto, Ontario
514 285-1840
301, boul. De Maisonneuve Est,
Quebec H2X 1K1
Langara College
100 West 49 Avenue,
British Columbia V5Y 2Z6
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
+1 514 848-2424
1250 Guy St.
FB 319
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3H 2T4
  • 10 Questions for Choosing the Right Film School

    Film schools love to show off their beautiful campus, famous alumni and that guru who visited last year. Forget the marketing blurbs. Here are 10 practical questions you can ask that will help determine how a particular film school will work out for you.

    1. How many hours per week will I study?

    This may seem obvious, but it’s not. Being a “full time student” can mean that you still have time (and energy) to hold a part time job. Some fast-paced courses will have you working on assignments on nights and weekends. You will get a taste of what it’s like to work in the industry, but everything else – including your own film projects – will have to wait.

    2. How many film / TV productions will I be involved in per year?

    This can vary from zero to 40+, depending on the course. It’s not all about the number though. In some schools your thesis (usually after 2-3 years of initial studies) can be in form of a feature film, which can take up the whole year. Many schools publish their curriculum online. Read between the lines: history of cinema, field trips, site visits, academic writing etc. point towards theory.

    3. At what stage can I specialise / major in my chosen field?

    If you know exactly what you want to do after you graduate, make sure you can focus on it early on – especially if you already have a basic understanding of the filmmaking process. If you’re still young and not sure, by all means do your generic film studies and try out different roles.

    4. How hard is it to get in?

    If getting in is neither difficult nor expensive, you might find yourself surrounded by not-so-motivated classmates. If getting in is extremely difficult, you may find yourself wasting valuable years of your life applying to a school which – even if you one day make it in – will not guarantee a successful career in filmmaking. Looking at the application process will usually give you an idea of the prestigiousness of the school. Some will only ask for your CV, some want an essay and a showreel. The schools that are really playing hard-to-get-in will hold several rounds of entrance exams with various assignments and interviews.

    5. How easily can I access gear?

    Film schools love to advertise the highlights of their equipment, but having one Red Weapon for 50 cinematography students doesn’t mean much. Ask about the number of gear, the number of studios and edit suites and compare these to the number of students. Ask about their policy on lending gear to students outside of school hours or assignments. Some schools may let you use their gear and facilities even after you graduate. Others have limited insurance or other reasons why they can’t do this.

    6. What is included in the price?

    With some schools, the tuition covers room and board, as well as production costs. With others, you’re expected to pay or raise money for your filmmaking, including rental cars, parking and so on.

    7. How many other students will be on the same course?

    Filmmaking is teamwork and your team matters. Going to film school is a bit like playing the human lottery. You can increase your chances of winning by making sure there are enough people taking the same course. It’s simple math. If there are 100 people, you might find 5 or 10 that you really enjoy working with. Within 10 people, there may not even be one.

    8. Which tutor(s) will I spend most of my time with?

    Many film schools will show you a list of impressive industry people who will give occasional lectures or run workshops. However, most schools will have a permanent staff member(s) who you will spend most of your time with. Check out their credentials, their work and what past students say about them. Being qualified, talented and popular doesn’t guarantee that you will love them, but it’s a good start.

    9. What do the past graduates think?

    Visit the school’s social media channels (we have direct links in our database above, click to search film schools on twitter, film schools on facebook) and see what’s going on. Check out the ratings and comments. What’s the communication between staff and students like? How many *likes* or *followers* do they have? Then go on Google and search for any other reviews and past student interviews. Contact past students. Make note of what they are doing 5 or 10 years on. Look at the big picture, not just one or two complaints or praises.

    10. Will I learn relevant things?

    The film industry is changing right under our noses, but not all film schools are keeping up. Ask them about virtual reality. Ask them about motion capture technologies. Ask them about creating an online EPK and running a successful crowdfunding campaign. Make sure the things you study will actually help you as a filmmaker 10 years from now.

    We provide you a quick way to do basic research about the film schools around the world. Check out the their FB rating, social media channels… Our VIP area has a list of over 1000 film schools.

    Enni-thumbAuthor: Enni Tuomisalo,
    Filmmaker, Writer, Designer, Filmsourcing co-founder.

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