6 L.A.-Based Film Schools With Hollywood Ties

6:00 AM 8/16/2018

by Mia Galuppo

Don't want to leave SoCal but UCLA isn't an option? The Hollywood Reporter looks at these local institutions for aspiring filmmakers.

Students at L.A. Film School.
Students at L.A. Film School.
Courtesy of LA Film School

  • Cal State Northridge

    The San Fernando Valley school offers undergrad bachelor's programs in production, media management and film criticism as well 
as an MFA in screenwriting, but with a deeply discounted Cal State price tag.

    Tuition: Undergrad $6,888; grad: $8,322

  • L.A. City College

    The community college in East Hollywood offers associate's degrees in both TV and film production in addition to certificates for more specific skills in postproduction, directing and cinematography.

    Tuition: $7,128

  • L.A. Film School

    Workaholics co-creator 
Kyle Newacheck and music video director Hannah 
Lux Davis are alumni of this for-profit school, which offers its curriculum both on campus (at its Sunset Boulevard building near the ArcLight) and off, with online degrees in digital filmmaking, entertainment business and animation.

    Tuition: A.S. $40,000; B.S. $80,000

  • New York Film Academy

    With campuses in New 
York, Los Angeles and Miami, NYFA caters to international students looking to understand the basics 
of the American entertainment industry. This for-profit school has both master's 
and bachelor's programs, in 
newer subjects like 3D animation and game design as well as more traditional screenwriting and producing courses.

    Tuition: $39,292

  • Pepperdine University

    The film studies program at the Malibu university offers both majors and minors that take a holistic approach to a film degree, with production and theory courses in the same curriculum.

    Tuition: Undergrad $53,680; grad $1,685 per unit

  • Studio School

    It used to be called Relativity School — back when Ryan Kavanaugh was involved — but the 4-year-old for-profit has recently been rebranded. It also just graduated its 
first class; one alum has already landed a first job at WME, while another got a 
gig at Bloom Media. A full 90 percent of the class of 2018 is represented by agents.

    Tuition: $39,600 (undergrad)

    This story first appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.