October 7, 2015

NYC's First Public Graduate School for Cinema is Now Open & is Pretty Affordable

Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, NYC's very first cinematic grad school and America's first to be built on a working film lot, opened yesterday to their inaugural class of 69 students.

Okay, I know we're called No Film School, but that doesn't mean "No Film School -- Ever." If you're thinking that film school, namely graduate film school, is a good idea for you, you might want to set your sights on Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, which is located on Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.

You'll especially want to do this if you're a resident of New York, because tuition for attendance, depending on which program you choose, is about $30,000 (M.A.) over two years for in-state students. To put it into perspective, that's about $15K less than my entire 4-year public undergrad education cost. However, if you live out of state, which I'm assuming most potential applicants would, it'll cost you upwards of $56K over two years. (Still, not too shabby.) Their three-year M.F.A., (Master of Fine Arts) program will cost you considerably more, though, $83K/$121K respectively. Students will be offered courses that cover:

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Post-production
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • Digital Arts

And if the reasonably priced tuition (by comparison) isn't enough of a reason to continue your academic film education, then maybe the lineup of Feinstein's advisory board might, which includes renowned filmmakers such as Ethan Hawke, Steven Soderburgh, and Celia Costas.

According to Indiewire:

NYC has invested a total of $8 million to support the creation of the Feirstein School and numerous scholarships so that more New Yorkers have the opportunity to pursue jobs in film and television production -- The City’s overall contribution includes $4.7 million for construction, $2 million for scholarships, $1 million for curriculum and programming, and $500,000 for creative grants and marketing.

If you're interested in applying for Fall Semester 2016, the application deadline is January 15, 2016. To view the requirements for registration, click here. To learn more, head on over to Feinstein's website.     

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Actually seems worth it. I'm completely self taught but I can see the value in this, especially in NYC a lot of work after you graduate right there waiting for you.

October 7, 2015 at 11:07PM

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Charles C.
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Yeah right, only if you're in a union and good luck getting into one of those. Everything else will be low-to-no pay.

October 9, 2015 at 9:49PM, Edited October 9, 9:50PM

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Mooey
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This may be a dumb question, but why is the yearly in-state tuition for the MFA program (nearly $28K) almost twice that for the MA program ($15K)?

Also, in the third paragraph you rendered the school's name "Feinstein" instead of "Feirstein."

October 8, 2015 at 8:02AM

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That's just a little more than what I paid for a 1-year filmmaking program in San Francisco that only gave me a certificate of completion...

*sigh*

October 8, 2015 at 11:22AM

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Jeremy Pommier
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Can't put a price on a good time!

October 8, 2015 at 12:08PM, Edited October 8, 12:08PM

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Lol! Nope! I had such a good time that I don't mind paying for it for 5 more years.

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You are a creative genius, so why subject yourself to the humiliation of starting at the bottom and working your way up, building a solid foundation of skills and experience along the way. A genius like you could simply get a masters degree and skip to the top of the pack! Yes, you can, for the low low price of $30,000, plus the opportunity cost of not working for two years, and your living expenses in New York. With the paid help of many seasoned award-winning professionals, your resume and reel will destroy those who had to scrape by on the poverty of their own ingenuity and creativity in this hardscrabble industry. Just two short years and you will be sipping Margaritas with Scarlett Johannson. Act now and you'll get a free director's baseball cap!

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