Talk:Film school

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Looking over this article again, a couple months later, it's not very encyclopedic, it reads more like a blog post or magazine opinion piece, with it's on-the-other-hands and unsourced speculation about spending money to make a movie or go to school. I'm going to try to work on the history some, I know of a good book from the late sixties that covers the US side. It would be ideal if someone could source and write about the intl side, particularly the schools in Europe.--StevenBradford (talk) 18:35, 16 February 2009 (UTC)


I deleted Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg from the list of filmmakers who had little or no formal college training. Spielberg attended Cal State Long Beach for three years, eventually got his degree in 2002 after completing the last of his classes. Ron Howard went to USC, the school claims him as an alumnus of the film program, though he may not have received a degree. See their wikipedia entries. For Wikipedia I believe very clear indisputable entries should be used for this claim, not ones that engender a debate.--StevenBradford (talk) 01:35, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Why are there not links to northan europian/scandinavian film schools? 81.151.253.151 (talk) 18:00, 9 November 2008 (UTC)


This article is awfully US-centric. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.37.44.154 (talk) 00:19, 10 January 2008 (UTC)


Yale's Film Studies program any good? Please respond!


I really have to get into one.:-)..ah a film school that is.

    Be sure to read "Film School Confidential" before you apply.


Hey can someone check on yale? I've always heard that the only ivy-league film school was columbia. Yale might have a program but this category doesn't include the hundreds of other colleges and universities that have programs of some type.

  • I did a little research. I visited Harvard's "Film school" which is called "Visual and Environmental Studies." It's only a major, not a school. So I looked up Yale, and for sure there isn't a school, which this article notes, and the only film-like thing I could find was a film studies major. But they may have a oddly named major like Harvard. Kushboy 02:02, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

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Notable film schools[edit]

What constitutes a "notable film school" or notable high school film school? I'm asking because a lot of film schools that may or may not be considered "notable" are listed. I would say that the "measuring stick" for film schools would be to combine the prevalence of successful alumni working in the film industry with the prevalence of successful films from that school in film festivals. All other schools should be deleted from the list. Does anybody disagree? --GHcool 06:47, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

That would be skirting, if not actually falling into, original research. More in the spirit of Wikipedia policy would be to look at how much coverage a school gets in third-party reliable published sources. -- Donald Albury 21:43, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
Good point, Donald, but how would one go about doing that? --GHcool 22:25, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
If the school has no article, remove it from the list. If the school does have an article, its notability as a film school should be sourced inthe article. If there are no sources indicating notability as a film school, provide any sources you know of, and use {{cn}} to request citations for the rest. -- Donald Albury 02:20, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
I think we should seriously revise what constitutes a "notable" film school, particularly considering Collins College is on there, and it's notorious for being a terrible school.

I just removed three red-linked high schools from the article. Notability needs to be established in an article about the school before it gets listed here. -- Donald Albury 10:13, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Thank you Donald for your help. I reverted two of the high schools you removed because I happen to know that they both have top notch high school film deptartments despite the fact that they have no article. Kamehameha High School is a regular winner at the International Student Media Festvival and Paint Branch High School won a Cine Golden Eagle. I don't know enough about either school to make a whole article about them, but I do think that they deserved to be mentioned as being among the top high school film programs in the country. --GHcool 18:29, 30 September 2006 (UTC)
With no articles about the schools, readers cannot judge whether or not they are notable. The alternative would be to cite in this article reliable sources that the schools are indeed notable for their film programs, but using those sources to create articles about the schools would be better. -- Donald Albury 15:35, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
Fair enough. --GHcool 21:55, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

This article had become an out of control list of schools and programs that did not appear to meet our list guidelines or What Wikipedia is not directory. I've begun cleaning up. Removing the external links and wikilinking all the schools. I'm trimming the list somewhat. I've set the bar pretty low at the moment - removing any school or program that doesn't either have a reference in the article demonstrating some form of notability or a Wikipedia article (for University links I'm checking if the University article has a section that talks about the film school to link to.) We should probably look for something a bit more substantial than this at some point. I've only got down as far as Germany tonight. Will continue tomorrow. -- SiobhanHansa 02:00, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

I've gone through the whole list now. I applied a little more rigour to the high schools as that seemed to have become a list of any highschool which had any sort of visual recording offering. So I looked for outside recognition of the schools film program. Definitely needs more work. I also axed the "non-degree" list as the only members of that list that weren't already under individual states did not appear notable.
I was surprised to find no film programs were considered worthy of mention in any of the US States after New York (at least in the universities' Wikipedia articles). Will start trawling through some rankings and the like next to start building things back up. After I've done that I think we should axe any of the programs that don't get mentioned by respected external sources. -- SiobhanHansa 19:32, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Huge amount of clean up needed[edit]

First off, The list of film schools section is a huge amount of undue weight that bloats the article. A list of maybe the top dozen or so notable film schools from around the world could make up a section if it's sourced well but this by state and country business needs to go.

The article also needs a fundamental restructuring starting with a "history of film school" section broken into sub sections with the pre history like Eisenstein's teachings then the creation of formal film schools in the US starting with NYU and USC... etc. The benefits and terminology sections can stay but need sources. I will begin working on this when I have time and try to bring in some folks from WP:FILMS Andman8 (talk) 04:30, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

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