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1.8 2011-07-12 Schools in Review new-york-university
School Type: Universities / Colleges
Locations: New York, NY
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Programs: Film, Recording Arts, Design for Stage & Film, Photography/Imaging, Dramatic Writing, and more
Tuition Range: $22,000 per Semester
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Located in Manhattan near Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, New York University (NYU) is a sprawling campus with a combined enrollment of over 40,000 students, featuring a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs. World-renowned for its film program, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts also offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in many related fine arts fields, including Design for Stage and Film, Dramatic Writing, Photography and Imaging, and Cinema Studies. NYU/Tisch also features a well-respected bachelor’s program in recording arts through its Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.

NYU is a full-scale, traditional university with a world-class reputation and a highly selective admissions process. If accepted, expect to study a minimum of four years for a bachelor’s degree, at a base tuition rate of $21,000 per semester, not including fees (approximately $172,000 to complete). Graduate tuition starts at $22,000 per term.

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New York University (NYU) Review Rating: 1.75 out of 5 based on 4 Ratings

Located in Manhattan near Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, New York University (NYU) is a sprawling campus with a combined enrollment of over 40,000 students, featuring a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs. World-renowned for its film program, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts also offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in many related [...]

  • Review by Rob B.  Schools In Review Verified
    May 31, 2012
    Overall Rating 11111
    Tuition 11111
    Curriculum 11111
    Instructors 11111

    I just graduated NYU for film and tv. I’m just really glad it’s over. Obviously, would I recommend it to anybody? Probably not. No, not at all. If you really want to learn how to be a film maker, I feel like you need to just pick up a camera and just go make something. That’s really how I learned. I went to film school but it was really just a waste of $300,000 and now I owe, I think I owe like $20,000, in loans. I have no idea how I’m going to pay them back. Oh my God.

    But right now I’m in a really interesting transition in my life. I’m trying to move to California. I’ve never been to California, I have no work history in California. But it should be an adventure. I’m just going to wing it. I’m just going to go. I don’t even know if I’ll have a job before I go. But that’s the point, you know, to go and find a job and start a life.

    Right now I try to be, I aspire to be a director. I just did a $10,000 music video a couple of weeks ago. I’m supposed to do another one in like a month. Hopefully this past one gets on MTV. They said, you know, they liked it, what they’ve seen so far and they want to put it on the air. But obviously, until they have a final product they can’t commit to that. It looks good so far. Hopefully the next one we do, that’s going to be tough, because I don’t have any money to make it but I’m trying to raise like another $7,000. Hopefully that one also gets publicity. Who knows? I have no idea.

    Debt Accrued: $10,001 - $25,000

    Found work after graduation? No

  • Review by Matt D.  Schools In Review Verified
    February 13, 2012
    Overall Rating 44444
    Tuition 44444
    Curriculum 44444
    Instructors 44444

    Graduate school was a different beast all together. I wanted to learn more about computer programming and newer, creative ways to use technology. While I definitely solidified my knowledge of audio and have a much more comprehensive knowledge of music and the technologies that surround it (I also learned more or less what I wanted to with the programming stuff), the Music Tech program left me somewhat disappointed with the way it and the university were set-up. There were too many useless required courses, there was a lot of red-tape and there was very little room to study some related disciplines in other academic programs. Going in, I expected to be able to take many other classes than the ones that I was able to. This was highly disappointing because it seemed like there were no real good reasons for it, just academic red tape BS (for lack of a better term). The other part of it – and this is totally all me – is that through the process I learned that I really don’t like computer programming, and that I’m not really interested in doing it professionally. This is probably why I never finished my thesis, as well as the fact that I was barely paying any moneys – the financial investment for me was not so high, and I wasn’t there for the degree per se. I went back to school for things I was interested in learning, not to get another piece of paper just to get a ‘job’ or further a career. I figured that I’d enroll in a degree program as a bonus since I was paying very little, but it didn’t quite work out that way.

    Since graduation, most of the work I’ve found is not necessarily due to my studies, although they have definitely increased my abilities and knowledge to do certain things.

    In my opinion, the most important thing regarding higher education these days is for students to understand the scope of the investment: how much money it actually costs, and what that means for loans, paybacks, etc.

    In the film/music industries, I’d say it’s possible to spend a fraction of the cost and find a good teacher or mentor, internship/working situation or network of people already doing what one is interested in in order to get a foot in the door. The professions within these fields are always changing and the business models for these industries are at such a crossroads right now that there is probably less of a need for the institutional training and more of a need for out-of-the-box, free thinkers who have real-world experience. Of course it depends on the specifics of what one wants to do, but one-on-one teaching is a great way to go (certainly for music).

    Found work after graduation? Yes

  • Review by Seth H. Schools In Review Verified
    January 21, 2012
    Overall Rating 11111
    Tuition 11111
    Curriculum 11111
    Instructors 11111

    I wrote a book about NYU Film School called “Film Fooled” that sums up my experience. The basics are this:

    In 1994 I began shooting short comedic videos through my high school’s AV program. I realized a passion for filmmaking and naturally applied to NYU, having heard it was the very best film school in the world. I was accepted and delighted to attend. But the actual curriculum was bizarrely irrelevant to the real world of making movies. I didn’t realize this until after graduation. The first year we didn’t touch a film or video camera. The second year we made short black and white silent films and videos no different than what I had done in high school. The third year we finally shot color/sound films but had to pay out of pocket for expenses because despite the $30,000 a year tuition, film production allotments were minimal. By senior year only a handful of students were “picked” to be able to direct, which meant a lot of students paying full tuition were forced to work as PAs or Kraft Services, etc. because the professor had not chosen them to direct.

    After school I worked at Fox News Channel as an editor then left the business for 6 years. 7 years after graduation I realized I still had no idea how to produce a feature film. I read “Rebel Without a Crew” by Robert Rodriguez, and it reinspired me to write a feature film to be shot in my hometown of Rochester, NY. I raised $30K in 3 months and put together a cast and crew, got locations, did publicity, was the writer, producer, and director. I couldn’t reach the full $250,000 budget in upstate NY so I came to LA to continue fundraising.

    While here I ran into more and more NYU grads (and grads of other film schools) who were in similar situations. I was 26 by this time. I met 20 year olds with $70K in debt and no idea how to make a feature film. I got very upset by this and decided to put my feature project on hold and work on some way of helping educate young filmmakers about the waste of film school and what to do instead. I learned more in my 7 months of producing my own feature, learning as I went, then in any of these silly courses at NYU. I graduated NYU in 3.5 years with honors and won some awards, but it was an absolutely waste of time, and I highly discourage anyone from going, especially in 2011. I get great satisfaction from helping guide young filmmakers towards actions they can take without school to get on film sets immediately and start making movies without wasting their money.

    I believe these schools are making an obscene profit off of young people’s faith in higher education, and their lack of knowledge about both the technical aspects of filmmaking and how the industry operates. My site features more specific information, details, facts and figures than any other site on this topic, I believe.

  • Review by Dan H.  Schools In Review Verified
    November 25, 2011
    Overall Rating 11111
    Tuition 11111
    Curriculum 11111
    Instructors 11111

    I graduated from NYU Film School and realize I was very lucky that my dad was able to afford it. Since graduation I found work as a video line producer but nothing I learned in film school (which was practically nothing) has ever applied to anything I do.

    I ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT recommend NYU to anyone. But let me preface by saying that my Dad got me an internship on a non union low budget feature the summer before I started film school and that was my real film school. I learned everything I needed to know about film making in six weeks working on that set. The next four years was BS

    I found NYU to be incredibly clickish (just like high school) and if the teachers didn’t feel that you conformed to their NYU (New York indie/experimental/doc) POV then you were left out in the cold. They had a complete attitude towards anyone wanting to learn anything about the business side of film making.

    Also, I grew up in Manhattan and during my teenage years I saw most of the great Hollywood and foreign classics on the big screen before I even put one step in film school. So the reality is almost my entire film education is self-taught.

    I should of gone to Law school and gotten a degree in Entertainment law. Now that would of been helpful

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