November 29, 2015 at 3:30PM

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12 Month Film Program or 4 Year College Film Production Degree?

I am at a bit of a crossroads in my life in terms of choosing what path of film related education I want to pursue. To me there are two options, go to a trade school like Full Sail University or go to a 4 year university like Chapman, LMU, or USC. The main question I want answered is, does going to a trade school like Full Sail put me at a disadvantage versus going to a 4 year university? Are production companies, or anyone that hires in the film industry, really looking at what school you went to, or is all about the work you do?

My current situation is that I am attending a university with no film school or program in it, long story short I messed up on my college application process. I am in my first year here and I know that I don't want to stay. The two options I am looking at are transferring to Chapman University or attending the 12 month program at Vancouver Film School. Does anyone have experience with VFS, and if so how was your experience? I am not too confident I can get into Chapman university or USC or UCLA so VFS is looking better right now. I am a relatively experienced film maker for my age, 19, so I'm looking to further what I already know, I'm not just starting from blank here. Also if I go to VFS I don't have to take calculus or chemistry which I dread taking, because I hated it in highschool and have a hard time focusing on it because it has pretty much nothing to do with making movies, which is what I want to do for the rest of my life, I'm set on that. So what are your thought on what I should do? I would love to hear from people who went to a 4 year college and those who went to trade schools. Thanks!

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