Well respected in the industry (Film, Media, Journalism)
Nice renovations to campus
Great classes that challenges you to think critically
In the heart of Boston, so very urban campus if that's what you like
Very elitist student body
Not diverse in ethnicity or class
A bubble, everyone operates in an Emerson vacuum and is very arrogant (cliche arts school)
Lack of diverse professors, therefore if you're a student of color you will be less likely to have your work critiqued by someone who looks like you and has lived your experiences
Can't use film equipment unless in the film production. In tours they'll show you the equipment but unless you're directly enrolled you're not allowed to access it
Not a very strong alumni base (they're everywhere, but not willing to help as everyone sees each other as competition)
Everything is a competition. So all the clubs you need to try out, audition, submit a resume to join any group on campus which leads to popularity contest
Emerson opened a lot of doors for me, so I can't dismiss that fact. However, I don't think it was necessary for me to go to Emerson as opposed to another top university for communications (UVA, Boston U, NYU).
Currently in my third year of my MFA at NYU Tisch Grad Film (writing/directing).
I cannot praise this program enough! It exceeded any expectation I had going in, and now I spend most my time trying to make the most of the time I have left until graduation.
NOTE: The tuition range mentioned in this thread is very off. The yearly tuition cost is around $60 K, and with the housing/living costs it's closer to $100 K per year. However, there are lots of scholarships available, both for merit and need.
Most of the faculty split their time between teaching and working in the industry, and some of them have become contacts for life. The curriculum is extremely well put together and I've learned more than I thought was possible within the two years I've been there.
That said -- it's an extremely tough program. People who have done either med school of the millitary say NYU Tisch is harder. Most people in my class agree that film school is some of the hardest things they've ever had to do.
Why? Because it's physically impossible to do all the work they ask with only 24 hours in the day, and every hour of the day forces you to neglect your primary needs -- such as rest, food and hygiene. In return, we get to do what we love ALL THE TIME! AND IT'S THE BEST THING!
The first year is especially hard because there are literally no weekends off; no spring break, no fall break and we have a project over the winter break. We make three films in the first year, on top of homework and 24 hours a week in class + the living in NYC is anything but convenient, so even small things take more time than in other cities.
However, it's the most fun place I can imagine being right now, and I wouldn't have traded it for the world. The class sizes are so small that you become a close-knit family right away.
The equipment and tech support is top notch.
The faculty offers daily revelations that will help you see filmmaking differently.
Every week is a week of growth.
The projects are surprisingly high level for filn school
Well-rounded classes on everything from the technical aspects to the emotional sides of filmmaking -- they cover it all.
I'd give the MFA program at Tisch 5/5 stars -- and more if I could.
The school's partners include but are not limited to Universal Pictures, Netflix, Channel 4, SKY, BBC and YouTube
Fantastic guest lectures from top UK directors and producers
More affordable than LFS and MET
Incredible list of alumni
Good scholarship opportunities
Small amount of students per class, incredible student/teacher ratio
Helpful and approachable staff, from teachers to the director
Very competitive admissions (depending on the course), but this is also what makes the school so great
Beaconsfield is easily reachable by train (25 mins from Marylebone), but it can feel like quite a bubble
I'm currently in my first year of a 2 year MA at the NFTS. I saw these relatively negative reviews about the NFTS before I applied, but I can now confidently say that applying to the NFTS is the best choice I made in a long time.
I tried to think for a long time about the cons, but I really couldn't come up with anything else than these two.
The school's reputation is just completely unrivalled by any other UK film school. When going to industry events we are often the only students there, since other schools are just not really as interesting.
The main strength is the quality and variety of courses. Some courses are unique to the NFTS and not given anywhere else in Europe. The education is excellent and leaves nothing to wish for. I'm in a class of 6 people, this makes it possible to get a very personal form of mentoring. The NFTS seems to do everything it can to provide the tools, knowledge and mentoring to make alumni successful, which is mutually beneficial.
I'm sure I forgot a lot of names, but a few of the people we met the past 6 months include Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Louis Theroux, Alex Garland, Paul Greengrass, David Yates and Paweł Pawlikowski. Having the opportunity to ask questions to these people is not only helpful but also inspiring. Since we sign NDA forms at the beginning of the year these guests feel like they are able to talk about things they would normally never share to the public, and some of these insights truly change how you look at the industry.
In terms of employment: I got a really nice part-time job offer at a UK film company in the first 3 months of my study at a networking meeting the NFTS gave us access to. I took this, and am besides this currently doing a 6 month paid internship at a major studio. This makes me very comfortable in stating that I'm not worried about getting work after I graduate.
All in all, I think the school is as good as it gets. Go there, be inspired by all the Bafta awards displayed and the alumni on the walls, and do apply. You won't regret it.
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