I cannot express in words how valuable your education will be at this school.
I've only been here for a single semester and I have already directed my own short on a sound stage and have been a part of 16 others in my film section.
I've also worked on two six day shoots for 4th year films and started pre production for four 3rd year films as well as two 2nd year films. My main point being is that your film classes are not the only source of the film education you get here. You're working on location just 4 weeks into your first year and the school funds the making of those films.
Other film schools just don't operate like this and you won't get what everyone is looking for: EXPERIENCE, if you don't go here. Gaining it is not just expected, its required. We must work at least 12 hours in production and 12 in the art department before the end of each semester.
The film school is composed of only 300 people and you interview with the upperclassmen before they hire you for jobs on the thesis films so networking is practiced everyday and you have copious opportunities to leave a lasting impression on them before they go out into the world. There are also many active job boards only for our alumni. Alumni also come back all the time to hire our students on commercials and projects they are working on.
We are also allowed to use the acting students on campus (if we follow specific rules) and they enhance the quality of our films tenfold.
The community is also fantastic. Its an arts conservatory so everyone here understands each others passions and their dedication to them. Its a highly competitive environment but we all do our best to lift each other up.
Overall this school is small and no one has really heard of it, but those who have know just how talented and skilled our students are.
University of North Carolina - School of the Arts
In your first two years at UNCSA, you will direct and shoot as many as six digital films as you take hands-on courses in every facet of modern film