Film and Photography Schools Directory

Technical training in exciting trades

Photography and film schools or related programs may be accredited by regional or national organizations to ensure students that they offer a quality education. Particular programs may also be accredited separately from the school, which is usually offered by national accrediting bodies. Check with industry associations to find out if organizations accrediting your school are recognized as being reputable.

Film and television

A good indicator of the quality of any film school and its programs is the equipment students train with. The reality is the industry advances so fast that most schools have trouble keeping up with current technology.

Find out what equipment and technology the school works with. Then do some research to see how that stacks up against what's used in the real world. Graduating from a program without the skills to work with industry-standard equipment could leave you without the ability to compete for a job.

Ask the pros

Another way to gain insight into the film industry is to ask professionals working in the business. Don't know any? There are many helpful books written by people who attempted or succeeded at breaking into the business.

Reality check

It's important for anyone entering film school or specialized training to understand that almost all jobs in the industry require a lot of work experience which is generally gained doing jobs the graduate is over-qualified for. Some of the most desirable positions can take years to attain, but that doesn't mean learning advanced skills is a waste. You'll need them to prove to your superiors that you have what it takes to handle a job with more responsibility.

Photography

When entering an industry like photography where over half of the workers are self-employed, it pays to become well-versed in business. Photographers who fare best are the ones who can at least manage themselves and (if needed) a small staff.

Others may benefit from different types of photography training, while almost all should be experienced in working with computers and using editing software.

  • Photography studio owners have to do a lot more than just take pictures. They also schedule appointments, keep records, bill customers and pay bills, hire and train workers, purchase and maintain equipment and arrange for advertising. Business courses are a logical choice for photographers who want to make a serious living out of their work.
  • Photojournalists are encouraged to train in journalism or writing since they may be required to write captions or articles accompanying their photographs.
  • Scientific photographers with knowledge of engineering, medicine, biology or chemistry are at an advantage.