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A film school is a generic term for any educational
institution dedicated to teaching moviemaking, including, but not
limited to, film production, theory, and writing for the screen.
Usually hands on technical training is incorporated as part of the
curriculum, such as learning how to use cameras, light meters and
other equipment. Most schools are tied to existing colleges and
universities, often in art or communication departments. Some are
privately owned and not tied to universities, such as technical
schools offering associate degrees.
Various debates have raged over the years on the
importance of film school in allowing one to enter the film industry.
Of course, examples can be offered from both sides, as directors
Francis Ford Coppola (UCLA Film School, MFA film directing), Martin
Scorsese (NYU Film School, MFA film directing), and George Lucas
(USC Film School, MFA film directing) graduated from prestigious
film schools, whereas Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert
Rodriguez, and David Fincher had no formal college film training.
Drama School or Acting School
A Drama School is a higher education college which
specialises in the vocational teaching of drama (i.e. acting, musical
theatre and technical theatre). Students at such a college are normally
awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) at the end of their studies.
The courses offered by drama schools are heavily based on practical
work, after all, their aim is to train students as professional
actors for stage and camera work. Students are required to be enthusiastic
and motivated in order to meet the demands offered by the course.
At the end of the final year (usually the third) most drama schools
stage a series of performances throughout the academic year to which
agents and casting directors are invited. This helps to build the
future of the graduates and serves as a showcase of what the students
can do. (wikipedia)
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