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How Much Does Film School Cost?

WRITTEN BY: KYLER BOUDREAU

Updated June 26, 2022

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Filmmaking

If you’re anxious to jump start your career as a filmmaker, considering the cost of education is step one. But actually, this probably isn’t the first question you should ask.

Anyone who wants to be a filmmaker thinks about film school. It’s inevitable.

Sure, we’ve all heard the classic tales of Tarantino not attending film school or James Cameron dropping out of college. But there are plenty of other famous directors who did attend film school like Robert Zemeckis (USC), Ed Zwick (AFI) and Kathryn Bigelow (Columbia University) to name just a few.

Columbia University boasts filmmakers such as Kathryn Bigelow, Jennifer Lee & Greg Mottola

But how much does film school cost? According to the Hollywood Reporter, here are just a few:

USC is $55K (undergrad); $33K to $44K (grad) per year

AFI is $59K to $61K

Columbia University is $60K (grad)

UCLA is $28K (in-state), $31K to $40K (out-of-state)

I personally attended the Los Angeles Film School located in Hollywood, CA. Their current yearly tuition rings in around $33K after aid. So…ouch. Just like any career, going to college to study film hits the wallet quite hard. But here’s the thing, and there’s really no getting around it: The entertainment industry doesn’t care about your education. Especially if you want to write and direct.

If you attend a film school and invest your heart and soul into the education, you’re going to hit the streets of Los Angeles with thousands of other wanna-be filmmakers trying to get their break into the industry.

Don’t believe me? Go to LA and hit up the restaurants. Ask your waiter or waitress where they’re from and what they’re doing in LA. I rest my case.

The entertainment industry doesn’t care about your education. Especially if you want to write and direct.

If you want to be successful in the film industry, you must begin writing and directing movies. Besides the experience, you need the credentials. Credits on IMDb.

But think about how much film schools cost! If you’re tabbed out after graduation, you can’t even pay rent and buy gas, let alone fund movies.

I’ve been there. Rented a couch after graduating from film school because that’s all I could afford. I was 30 years old with nothing to my name except a film school education that couldn’t get me a job. It didn’t matter that I was a double major or that I graduated with honors or that my demo reel was all ready to go.

The receptionist at Fox told me they only hire award winning filmmakers. So how do you win awards and get IMDb credits as a writer and director if no one will hire you?

The receptionist at Fox told me they only hire award winning filmmakers. So how do you win awards and get IMDb credits as a writer and director if no one will hire you?

Such is the scary reality for many aspiring creatives. A proper education on the craft of filmmaking is paramount, but if it sets a student back so far financially they have to work a non-industry job to make ends meet, something isn’t working right. And this is the problem that Write&Direct is here to remedy.

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