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Schools for Film Directing

Movie directing is the process of turning a written script into a short or full-length film. Movie directors work with actors, makeup and costume artists, cinematographers, writers and technicians to shoot the scenes of a film. Most movie directing programs are offered through fine arts schools and programs. Coursework includes storytelling, script analysis, cinematography and history of film. Entry into the field is competitive, so industry experience and a fine arts degree are often required. Here are a few schools you might find interest in.

University of California - Los Angeles
www.ucla.edu
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The UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television is located in the hub of the entertainment industry. The UCLA graduate fine arts program was ranked seventh in 2008 by U.S. News & World Report on its 'Top Fine Arts Programs' list and counts Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Reiner and Tim Robbins among its film directing alumni.
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Discovery, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of UCLA. As one of the world's great research universities, we are committed to ensuring excellence across a wide range of disciplines, professions and arts while also encouraging investigation across disciplinary boundaries
 The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Production/Directing is a 4-year program with an emphasis in film direction. Each year of coursework highlights a specific area of filmmaking, including the filmmaking process, professional training, movie production and completion of a thesis project. Students take classes in directing the actor for camera, film analysis, post-production sound and writing for the short film.
The Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television is a liberal arts program. Students can take classes related to movie directing, such as directing the camera, stylistic studies for the moving image and screenwriting.

California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California
www.calarts.edu
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California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) was founded in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney and was the first college in the U.S. to offer both undergrad and graduate degrees in performing and visual arts. The school's graduate fine arts program tied for seventh with Carnegie Mellon University and University of California - Los Angeles on U.S. News & World Report's list of 'Top Fine Arts Programs' in 2008.
The CalArts educational philosophy is based on close collegial interaction between teachers and students—in class, in production and in one-to-one mentoring. This approach combines rigorous instruction with individualized attention, a process that empowers students to define their own personal objectives—and to develop and refine their own distinctive artistic voices.

CalArts Offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions

The MFA in Film Directing is a 3-year program with faculty mentors that help create each individual's course of study. The program spotlights acting, scene study, screenwriting and critical thought, and students are required to complete a film each year. Curriculum includes studio acting, cinematic storytelling, narrative editing and one-act production.

American Film Institute
www.afi.com
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Among the most selective film schools in America, AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
 AFI's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles offers a two-year conservatory program where students specialize in fields including directing, producing and writing, often coming to the institute after working in the industry or having attended other schools. Its "fellows" are typically more mature (average age is 27) and benefit from speakers and teachers drawn from the highest levels of the industry, supported by the full weight of AFI itself. Comparing it to cross-town rivals UCLA and USC is a bit of apples-and-oranges, given its small size and emphasis on specialization, but AFI's glittering parade of alumni, from David Lynch to Darren Aronofsky, remains unrivaled when it comes to auteur filmmakers. Students are guaranteed the freedom to make a thesis film and are given access to SAG members for their casts and $13,500 in financing.

Beijing Film Academy
www.bfa.edu.cn/eng/EIndex.htm
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If one film school anywhere in the world has shaped a whole nation, it's the Beijing Film Academy, China's most elite school for film direction, production and writing. BFA(Beijing Film Academy) is the only film academy in China and the largest film academy in Asia with 263 faculty members and 2364 students, including 48 PhD students, 422 graduates, 1894 undergraduates and 84 overseas students. Over half of all China’s directors, cinematographers, art designers , sound engineers,etc, currently active in China’s vibrant film industry are BFA graduates. China’s highest international film awards at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice, have been won by globally recognised BFA alumni.
Directing Department offers 3 majors, fiction film directing, documentary directing, and film editing. It offers doctorial, master and bachelor programs and multi-level programs. The main courses in Director Department include: Drama, Performing, Video and Audio Language, Directing Art, Documentary Film Theory and Making. And some other basic courses are also offered: The Basic of Cinematograph, The Basic of Film Sound Recording, The Basic of Film Music, The Art of Film Design, Film Sound, Studies on Film and Television Directing Masters, Histories of Chinese and Foreign Films, Analysis of Films, Analysis of Art Works, Analysis of Music Works, Analysis of Literary Works, the Aesthetics Principles, and General Introduction of Art.
Each year, it accepts about 500 applicants -- primarily from China -- out of 100,000. The school is  a source of new talent for film and TV production and closely linked with the nearby Beijing Film Studio. It's also the place where such directors as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige -- the ones who created arguably the most distinct new wave of filmmaking.