Top Film Schools Around the World

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Top Film Schools in the World to learn every aspect of film-making and also to make valuable connections within the industry.

In the past, there have been great filmmakers who never went to a film school, some setup video/film production companies without every going to a film school.

While its still possible, there are several good reasons to attend a film school (if you can afford it).

  1. The first one is connection. Networking is a huge part of why student filmmakers continue to attend film school.
  2. The second one is your learn a lot in a short span of time (what you’re eventually going to learn through trial-and-error and from years of experience)

So if you do wish to attend a film school, here are the top choices.

Top film schools in the US

More film schools in the US:

  • Boston University’s College of Communication
  • Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
  • Colorado Film School
  • Columbia University’s School of the Arts
  • Emerson College’s Department of Visual & Media Arts
  • Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television
  • New York Film Academy
  • Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television
  • University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts
  • University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication

“Gained a lot from the school, a lot more of networking & connections, more than learning. Networking is 75% of what you get from attending film schools,” AFI alumi

Top film schools in Canada

More film schools in Canada:

  • Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture
  • Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
  • Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts
  • University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film
  • York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts

Top film schools in Europe

Top film schools in the UK

Top film schools in Rest of Europe

More film schools in Europe:

  • London Metropolitan University’s Sir John CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
  • University of Television and Film Munich
  • National Film School, Italy
  • National Film School of Denmark
  • Norwegian Film School
  • Screen Academy Scotland
  • University of the Arts London’s College of Communication

Top film schools in Asia

  • Beijing Film Academy: Located in Beijing, China. Website:,
  • Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA): Located in Seoul, Korea. Website:

More film schools in Asia:

  • City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media
  • Film and Television Institute of India
  • Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film
  • Whistling Woods International Film school, India

More film schools in rest of the world:

  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School
  • Russian State University of Cinematography
  • Sydney Film School, Australia
  • Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television, Israel

  1. Reply
    Joseph September 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I am Joseph from India. I had completed 5 years UG course (B.F.A) and 1 year P.G.Diploma in Film Direction in my country. But, I have no skills to get any job with these studies. Because there is no quality in my colleges studies to gain proper knowledge to something.I think it’s my bad luck. But I want work (any job) for money in foreign country with pursuing my studies (part time). I would like to study about ‘film direction’ in P.G level in foreign with part time job. I am helpless now in financially. But I want to go for my life for money and study with the help of government scholarships. But I don’t know the proper way about that.May i need to attempt any test for that? Help me with good advise please. Thank you.

  2. Reply
    Sam September 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    From what I have heard, Beijing Film Academy has changed cinema like no other with it’s unbelievable creative freedom. Only the North Korean Film Academy has done more for world cinema. The BFA with just over 100,000 applicants each year only accepts 500.

  3. Reply
    Quentin November 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Film school is overrated. Spielberg, Tarantino and James Cameron are probably the best filmmakers in the world and they didn’t go to film school. The directors from the golden age of Hollywood like Welles, Ford, Capra, Hitchcock and Wilder, and in later years Kubrick, didn’t go to film school and have made some of the best films ever. In the end, you drop 183 grand when you could use that money to shoot a feature film.

  4. Reply
    Richard December 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Hi, you should add Brighton Film School in the UK!

    Great list, thank you.

  5. Reply
    Alex December 21, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Great article though you have missed a couple as per THR’s 2015 report:

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