Brooklyn College (CUNY) Reviews & Admissions Statistics

2.60 star(s) 2.6 Stars (5 Reviews)
School Website
https://www.brooklyn.edu/svmpa/
Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year BA
  2. 2 Year MA
  3. 2 Year MS
  4. 3 Year MFA
Concentrations
  1. Cinematography
  2. Cinema Visual Effects
  3. Composing
  4. Directing
  5. Editing
  6. Film & Television Production
  7. Film Studies
  8. Producing
  9. Screenwriting
Tuition Range
$10k to $20k
Undergraduate Deadlines
Fall Priority Deadline: February 1
Fall Priority Deadline: December 1 (International Applicants)
Spring: September 15
Spring: September 1 (International Applicants)
Graduate Deadlines
January 15, rolling admission

Film School details

Nonprofit/For-Profit?
Nonprofit
Undergrad Student Body
10,443
Graduate Student Body
2,379
Copyrights
  1. Unknown
Start of Production Classes
  1. Freshman
Camera Equipment
  1. ARRI Digital Cinema Cameras
  2. RED
  3. Sony Cinema Cameras
Software Used
  1. Adobe Premiere
  2. Avid Media Composer
  3. DaVinci Resolve
Filmmaking Facilities
  1. Sound Stage(s)
  2. Green Screen
  3. Sound Recording Studio
  4. ADR Foley Stage(s)
  5. Screening Rooms
  6. Sound Mixing Room(s)
Internships
  1. Student must arrange
  2. School provides resources to help find internships
Job Placement
  1. School Provides Career Development Training
  2. School Provides Job Fairs
Application Fee
$65
GRE Required?
  1. No
SAT or ACT Required?
  1. No
Portfolio Required?
  1. Yes
  2. No (Undergrad Only)
Letters of Rec Required
  1. 2 (Graduate)


Brooklyn College is excellent for film school students interested in taking advantage of New York’s independent film scene while watching their budgets. The film school offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines intensive academic study with hands-on learning. Plus, the program connects students to leaders in the industry. In spring 2022, Steven Speilberg talked about his feature film, West Side Story, in a semester-long educational series West Side Story: The Brooklyn Connection.

The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema educates a diverse student body in the art and craft of filmmaking, music making, and storytelling in a hands-on, collaborative environment that mirrors the professional world. The extraordinary faculty and staff made up largely of working members of the film, media, and music industries, encourage students to discover their authentic voices and guide them toward a wide variety of careers.

Feirstein School opened in 2015, the result of a $30 million public-private partnership. With tuition costing one-third of other major film schools, we offer M.F.A. degrees in cinema arts—with specializations in live-action filmmaking and digital animation and visual effects (DAVE)—as well as in sonic arts, media scoring, and an M.A. in screen studies.

The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is based in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and is part of Brooklyn College and The City University of New York (CUNY).

Undergraduate Application Requirements



Graduate Application Requirements

  • $125 application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative portfolio

Tuition Details



Notable Alumni

  • James Franco
  • Mel Brooks
  • Don Lemon
  • Jimmy Smits

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Latest Film School Reviews

Feirstein School
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Directing
Pros
  • Supportive and diverse community
  • Fantastic equipment and facilities
  • Well-connected networks
  • Variety of disciplines
Cons
  • CUNY provides inadequate administrative/financial help
The Feirstein School is a huge up-and-comer, a nascent program that will come to rival the top schools in coming years. Their equipment inventory, soundstages, and range of production and post-production facilities, including construction shop, FOLEY studios, many editing bays, motion capture, professional sound studios, not only give filmmakers a wealth of tools to make professional films, there is also the necessary staff, faculty, courses, and students to make full use of the facilities. Many of the professors also teach at other top film schools, mainly NYU and Columbia, as well as Pratt and others, so you're getting the same professor for a fraction of the cost. Another super important thing is the culture at the school, which is very much built around community, collaboration, and support. The refreshing lack of ego and competitiveness makes it a particularly good environment to learn and practice the craft of filmmaking. They also offer screenings, Q&As, workshops, and other such events that bring in members of industry on a regular basis. In addition, the school has a solid advisory council with mentors for students' thesis projects, including such names as Stephen Soderbergh, Ethan Hawke, John Turturro, and Darren Aronofsky. Far and away, Feirstein is the best film school you might never have heard of. But in ten to fifteen years, they'll be talked about in the same breath as Columbia, Emerson, UT Austin, and UCLA.
Affordability
5.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
4.00 star(s)
Campus
5.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
4.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
5.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
3.00 star(s)
jkosmacki recommends this film school
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Reviewed by: Alumni
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Cinematography
Pros
  • Cheap-ish, sort of convenient location, sort of new equipment
Cons
  • Cheap, poor leadership, no career prep, haphazard and unorganized, unhappy staff
If you're a director you will be treated like a brilliant golden child whose story must be told, and have to do very little actual work/labor. You'll watch criterion movies and wax poetic about meaning and probably get into heated arguments about race/class.

All the other tracks (Cinematography, writing, etc) are set up to serve the directors. Essentially you are paying to work for free on student films. If you're lucky, maybe it will be a good one. And you get some glorious demo reel footage.

When I was there, we had no actual head of the cinematography department, teachers would show up late, with no plan for the class session, and basically wing it. They'd ask us "well, what do you wanna do? Wanna play with some lights?" Other teachers were arrogant and worked on one movie like 30 years ago. A handful were actively working in the industry, and therefore, their time at feirstein is a side-gig. Not so important to them. Understandable.

Also, getting gear and using the studios are a massive hassle.

Some of the admins are fine, but most are, in a classic hollywood/film world fashion experts at talking but not doing. Evasive and not accountable.

For a film school it's cheap, but considering you leave with basically nothing, it's very expensive. If you have money and time to burn, or a supportive partner/family that funds your life, it can be a fine way to spend 3 years playing around.

If you don't have have money or support, as in, you are a real person who works and pays to live in NYC, it's much much more difficult to make this work. And you will go into a lot of debt for this dream. So it's not really a place for poor people, to put it bluntly. Despite what their marketing may lead you to think.

If you really want to work on film sets, you're better off just doing that, starting as a PA or camera assistant, etc. If you want to make movies, shoot them on your phone. Because that's what you will do after spending 3 years here anyway.
Affordability
3.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
2.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
1.00 star(s)
Coursework
2.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
4.00 star(s)
Professors
2.00 star(s)
Scholarships
2.00 star(s)
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CaptainJZH
heya, I'm in a similar boat as you, 3rd-year post-production track -- I've had a fairly good experience but that's because I sought out people who I could tell would be good collaborators but others in my track have had very poor experiences especially with how the directing track is overemphasized

the good (?) news is that next year they're officially doing away with the cine, screenwriting, post, etc. tracks altogether and just doing one singular "Live Action Filmmaking" track which according to the curriculum just looks like they just took the directing track and slapped a couple of screenwriting, cinematography and film studies courses in there

which I suppose is for the best since in my year, like, there's just 3 post students and 4 cinematographers, and like 20-30 directors, so they're recognizing that that's what most people want to go to film school for
Not Worth Your Time
Reviewed by: Current Student
Degree: MA/MFA
Concentration: Cinematography
Pros
  • Brand new and state of the art equipment
  • Kind and accommodating equipment room manager
  • Diverse student body
Cons
  • Terrible communication between faculty and students
  • Directing track held on a pedestal above other tracks
  • Understaffed and inexperienced faculty
  • Complicated and frustrating equipment policies
  • Administrative red tape and bureaucracy halts real meaningful progress
  • No real access to Steiner studios and the lot beyond “campus”
  • Unreasonable and asinine covid-19 policies
Illustrating everything that is wrong with this school would take over an hour, and I have neither the time nor patience for that. To avoid being redundant, I would read the other one star review for Feirstein, as it paints an accurate picture of the amount of chaos and the lack of clear communication that happens at the school every day.

Many of those problems existed before the covid-19 pandemic, and have since been amplified by it. Waiting to get a reply from the Feirstein admin for project approvals can take up to a week, often with projects being given a red light or canceled the night prior to a shoot (after considerable time and resources have been spent in pre-production). Furthermore, different faculty members will give different answers regarding to whether you’re allowed to film, which makes the whole Feirstein experience feel like a joke. I understand that the school is fairly new, but that doesn’t excuse the appalling level of miscommunication and lack of communication.

The price of tuition might seem alluring compared to other well known film schools, but the price does not justify the terrible experience, and in the end you’ll probably end up spending more money renting and acquiring gear because your shoot got cancelled last minute, or if they decide to withhold certain pieces of equipment they promised you for some reason.
Affordability
4.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
1.00 star(s)
Campus
3.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
3.00 star(s)
Facilities & Equipment
4.00 star(s)
Professors
3.00 star(s)
Scholarships
2.00 star(s)
Anonymous does not recommend this film school!
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Latest questions

Anyone has any comments about the undergrad program? My son is interested in film, mainly screenwriting but many schools seem to expensive for us and Brooklyn College seems to be an affordable option. I have not been able to find much info about how good their program is. Thank you.
JoeLevy
JoeLevy
Well it is an excellent film school. It allowed me to become Oscar Nominated. Prof Tutak is amazing and so is the rest of the faculty,
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Yappy4
Thank you! My son applied and we will see what happens.
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Yappy4
Congratulations on your Oscar nomination!
To all those who applied,

How long did you hear back for an interview/admittance after submitting your application?
Chris W
Chris W
See our Acceptance Rates & Data tab. :)

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soysaucechicken
About 10 biz days.
lauren_martine
lauren_martine
Hi Joshua, I applied on Jan. 15, got an interview a month later, and heard back a month after that. So I got my acceptance a little over two months from my application date. Brooklyn goes by rolling admission, so the dates might vary based on the number of spots filled. Hope that helps!
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Does anyone have advice about the portfolio requirements? The second option is straight forward but is the first one supposed to be technical?

Thanks for your help!

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