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List of Graduate Film Schools and Colleges

Students considering pursuing a graduate degree in film have many factors to consider. The available degree programs, potential specializations, location and tuition costs all influence students' decisions in choosing a graduate film school.

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How to Select a Graduate Film School

The first factor most students consider in selecting a graduate film college is the available degree programs. The most common degree granted by a graduate film school is the Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Some film schools also grant the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students' decisions are likely driven by the prerequisites of the programs they're considering and their professional ambitions. Ph.D. programs may require completion of a relevant master's program and are usually for students who want to teach.

Students also consider available fields of study or specialization offered by graduate film schools. Common programs offered by film colleges include cinema studies, cinematography, production, direction and screenwriting.

Another major factor influencing students' decisions in choosing a film graduate school is location. Not all universities offer film programs, and not all film schools offer degrees at the graduate level. Students may have to relocate to attend the school with the degree program and focus area they want.

Cost is another concern for many students. Public schools in the student's home state usually offer the least expensive tuition, while private schools or public schools outside of the student's home state tend to be more costly.

Largest Graduate Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
University of Central Florida 42,974 4-year, Public
New York University 21,269 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 25,994 4-year, Public
Florida State University 29,869 4-year, Public
University of California - Los Angeles 26,536 4-year, Public
Temple University 26,195 4-year, Public
Brigham Young University 30,912 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Southern California 16,608 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Boston University 18,534 4-year, Private not-for-profit
San Francisco State University 25,055 4-year, Public
University of Iowa 20,823 4-year, Public
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 22,163 4-year, Public
University of Utah 21,526 4-year, Public
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus 17,427 4-year, Public
University of South Carolina - Columbia 19,765 4-year, Public
Northeastern University 18,530 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Columbia University in the City of New York 7,495 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of California - Santa Barbara 18,892 4-year, Public
Ohio University - Main Campus 17,571 4-year, Public
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 15,980 4-year, Public
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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    Areas of study you may find at Boston University include:
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      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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    Areas of study you may find at University of Iowa include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Cinematography and Film Production
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    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at San Francisco State University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Dance
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Cinematography and Film Production
        • Film and Cinema Studies
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    • Illinois (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Illinois include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate
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      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
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    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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