Question by Bradly: Is Film Studies a worthwhile major to study?
I’m a junior in high school so I have a little while to decide.
But I’m taking film classes in high school and it’s kind of my thing. Whether its screenwriting, post-production (FX and editing and soundtrack), crew or directing, all of it interests me.
I’ve read a lot of Film programs from numerous schools including Wesleyan, Northwestern, Columbia to Florida State and even Yale..
But to be honest, I don’t know if, for an undergraduate major, going to a super prestigious school for a Film Studies major would be worth the cost. I have the academics covered and my GPA is upwards of 4.. but I don’t know if going to a private college would be worth it when I could get a good degree at Mizzou where I’m from for much less. Graduate school is different, and I’m not so worried about that for now.
Also, one worry about the major, that I realize filmmaking is a kind of competitive industry and I am not guaranteed a lot of success. For those who have majored in this area, what is it you have ended up doing? Independent films or are you working for a production studio? Or what else? Basically, what’s in it for me after I get my degree?
Answer by Mike E
Film is a very competitive field and hard to get ‘in’ the business even once you get your degree. I would agree that it isn’t worth the cost to going to a place like Yale or Columbia if your intended major is Film. Personally, I would choose a school like UCLA. They have a great film program there, and is located in the heart of the film industry. Getting to know people in the business will help you a lot and going to a school in LA will give you a better opportunity to do that through your school.
I am not a Film major, but one of my best friends is. He went to LA Film School..and though at the moment he hasn’t been able to get a break in what he really wants to do…he was able to get a job at Universal Studios working on various sets so he is still atleast employed within the film industry and a big part of him getting his job he has told me was based on the people he met that were in the film business while he was at school.
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