International students can benefit tremendously from a film education in North America, Europe or Asia, wrote AsianCorrespondent.com Dec. 5, in a story about the world’s top film schools. If and when they return to their home countries, they may employ the skills learned in building their native film industries. Below we have listed 10 of the top film schools around the world for international students:
[1.] York University, Canada
York University’s Department of Film [Faculty of Fine Arts] is Canada’s first, largest and most comprehensive university-based film school. Film programs are taught by 40 award-winning filmmakers and prominent scholars, all active in their field. Students benefit from comprehensive, professional training that blends theory and practice in a free-thinking and creative environment. Five hundred-plus students work in modern learning, production and screening facilities in Toronto, one of the world’s leading film capitals. York University offers a mix of graduate and undergraduate programs covering a range of topics. Students explore everything from the role that film and television play in society to genre-specific topics such as the vampire in cinema or crime film.
Asian students with international filmmaking aspirations have a couple of major avenues to choose from. They can give into the Hollywood paradigm and study in LA, where they will be encouraged to conform to the system and join the filmmaking masses. Opposite this, they can seek out smaller, counter-cultural schools that put a priority on the modern film as work of art.
For those intent on pursuing the latter, a school like York University is an excellent option. Based in Toronto in Canada, it offers all of the advantages of a North American education without cornering aspiring filmmakers in the Hollywood mindset.
Republished courtesy of YFile– York University’s daily e-bulletin.