Northwestern University - School of Communication

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Degrees Offered
  1. 4 Year B.F.A.
  1. Documentary Filmmaking
  2. Film & Television Production
  3. Interactive Entertainment & Games
  4. Screenwriting
Yearly Tuition
$40k to $50k
Application Deadline Types
  1. Early Decision
  2. Regular Decision
  3. Transfer Deadline
Early Decision Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2021
Regular Decision Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2022
Transfer Deadline
Mar 15, 2022

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What is the Application Fee? $ 75
Is the SAT or ACT required for admission? No
How many Letters of Reference are required? 2
As an undergraduate in Radio/Television/Film, you’ll become fluent in both media production and analysis.

You’ll receive hands-on training in creating, editing and producing innovative media—films, computer animation, and video installations. Student work regularly wins awards in the U.S. and abroad.

You’ll examine media’s role in cultures around the world—past, present and future. You’ll study the history of cinema and broadcast media as you study the social, economic and political dimensions of radio, television and film.

Our faculty, which boasts both practicing filmmakers, screenwriters, and leading cultural theorists, will challenge you to hone your own original vision and make you conversant with the important ideas of our times. As you learn, your technical skills, critical skills and social senses will be transformed, preparing you to reinvent the media of the future.

A degree in Radio/Television/Film prepares you to continue working in areas such as:

  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Media content creation
  • Media production and post-production
  • Arts and entertainment management
  • Media analysis and criticism
  • Cultural scholarship

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Latest Film School Reviews

Good for film theory, not so much for production
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  • Great intimate class sizes
  • Good, attentive professors and TAs
  • Film theory classes were solid
  • Not many student film grants
  • Not very production/technically focused
  • Mostly Film, no TV/Sound Design focus
  • Few networking opportunities
*Please take this with a grain of salt, as I went to NU over a decade ago. While I was there:
  • Classes in film theory and screenwriting were great
  • Professors were also good and caring
  • The major was called Radio/TV/Film and offered various certificates (for example, in Sound Design) - but it was quite difficult to achieve certificates in your 4 years there because not all courses were always offered
  • Extensive film "cage" where you could rent out equipment fairly regularly
  • Extracurriculars / few film grants for film students felt very "insider-y" and at times nepotistic (upper classmen who ran and allotted student film grants seemed very much to just give it to underclassmen "friends")
  • Not much diversity in the student body or in the major
  • Didn't particularly feel prepared for post-graduation by the School of Communications or the university
  • Major itself does not have much of a technical / production focus. I would say it leaned more toward film theory/media studies and screenwriting.
I did have a good experience with their Financial Aid, which made it possible for me to attend an otherwise very expensive school. It is a very high academically achieving student body, so if you want to explore another double major, etc. in addition to a film degree, this would be a great school to attend and learn. I'd caution though that it might be difficult to get a job in the film/tv industries unless you can snag internships in LA/NY during the summers (also very costly), because the School of Comms doesn't necessarily prepare you very well for a post-grad professional career. Ultimately, your journey is very much up to you and what you make of your time while in school and the years following.
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