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Northwestern University - School of Communication

4.00 star(s) 4 Stars (1 Member Reviews)

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Overall rating
4.00 star(s) 1 ratings
Affordability
2.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
4.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
4.00 star(s)
Good for film theory, not so much for production
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Alumni
Pros
  • Great intimate class sizes
  • Good, attentive professors and TAs
  • Film theory classes were solid
Cons
  • 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.
Affordability
2.00 star(s)
Alumni Network
3.00 star(s)
Campus
4.00 star(s)
Career Assistance
2.00 star(s)
Coursework
4.00 star(s)
Professors
5.00 star(s)
Scholarships
4.00 star(s)
Would recommend this film school?
Maybe

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