Film Schools

For up-and-coming film and entertainment professionals, Orlando is not only becoming the “place to be” but is also the “place to start.” In fact, the region already boasts several world-class film and entertainment schools such as Full Sail University, University of Central Florida, and Valencia College. Each year, these schools graduate more than 1,200 students from these programs, proving that Orlando is not only a destination for creativity but is truly its birthplace. In addition, Orlando Tech, an Orange County Public Schools postsecondary center, offers adult education for high-skill and high-wage job training leading to employment in the field of television production.

Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School: Located in Universal Studios, the DAVE School offers complete immersion in the art and science of computer animated special effects, with extensive practice under qualified supervision. The year-long program provides instruction in digital modeling and texturing, computer animation, visual effects, and stereoscopic 3D production.

Everest University - North Orlando: The Associate in Science degree in Film and Video program incorporates specialized training in various facets of film and video production. Film and video training includes: computer graphics, film history, script development, film criticism, and business management. The Film and Video program prepares students to enter the creative and rewarding fields of motion pictures, television, and video as a freelance contractor or in an entry-level position.

F.I.R.S.T. Institute: Florida Institute of Recording, Sound and Technology’s (F.I.R.S.T.) educational programs and cutting-edge facilities specialize in the fields of Recording Arts and Film and Video Production. It offers extensive hands-on programs with real-word experience, small class sizes and flexible scheduling. All courses are taught by leading industry professionals in their fields.

Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at University of Central Florida (FIEA): FIEA is a graduate-level video game design and development school within the Center for Emerging Media based in downtown Orlando’s emerging “Creative Village.”  Designed to provide students with team-based, industry-led education that provides experience as they learn, students at FIEA also have use of Studio 500, a production complex that offers commercial and student clients professional stage  and support facilities for film, video and MOCAP production. Co-located with FIEA in Orlando’s “Creative Village” is icon’s House of Moves east coast operation. Students work on the latest game engines and software and are mentored by faculty with decades of game-making experience.  Students can earn a Master’s degree in Interactive Entertainment with areas of specialization in 3-D modeling, animation and motion, technical artistry, software development, and production management.

Full Sail University: Full Sail University is a private university located in Winter Park geared toward the entertainment industry and known for its around-the-clock schedule. It offers degree programs in Computer Animation, Creative Writing, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Development, Graphic Design, Music Business, Media Communications, Mobile Development, Recording Arts, Sports Marketing & Media, Show Production, and Web Design & Development.  Full Sail awards Associate's, Bachelor's degrees, and Master's degrees after 12 to 21 months of an accelerated education.  The digital media program focuses on computer graphics, web design, 3D modeling, multimedia authoring, broadcast design, 3D animation and computer networking.

New York Film Academy – Orlando: In the summer of 2016, the New York Film Academy will return to Disney Studios in Florida to offer intensive hands-on workshops. Students in this program will have the extraordinary experience of shooting their films on professional movie sets and realistic international environments. They will shoot on the Disney Studios lot with its fully dressed sets including New York and San Francisco street sets. The faculty is composed of experienced instructors and professional filmmakers who have Master of Fine Arts degrees from prestigious film programs including NYU, Columbia University, the University of Southern California and UCLA.

Orlando Tech: Located in downtown Orlando, Orlando Tech offers certificate programs in Digital Audio Production, Digital Video/TV Production, 3-D Animation, Game, Simulation and Animation Programming as well as MAC computer specialization. The facility includes access to motion capture equipment and a working broadcast studio available for corporate use, as well.

Prince of Prestige Academy: Through Prince of Prestige Online’s Accelerated Diploma Program, you can complete your professional diploma online – all at a time and place that’s convenient for you. Their highly interactive online programs are taught by professors, who not only have advanced degrees, but are seasoned professionals in the fields they teach and experts at combining theory and practice.  The Academy holds annual Licensure from the Florida Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education to operate as an institution of higher learning, to offer programs of instruction, and to award diplomas.

Rollins College: Located along the banks of Lake Virginia in the heart of Central Florida, Rollins’ interdisciplinary major in Critical Media and Cultural Studies prepares graduates for employment in media and communications industries, and/or graduate programs in media studies, cultural studies, and communication.

Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State’s award-winning Television and Digital Cinema Program prepares students to work in the field of TV and movie production as camera operators, editors, light and sound engineers, producers and directors. Students begin creating programming in their first class, and graduates are prepared with a demo reel they can show to prospective employers. Advanced students often produce programming that airs on local cable and public television outlets. All classes are hands-on and are taught by professionals who are working in the field. The college offers several degree and certificate options, including a two-year parallel program (A.A.) that prepares students to transfer as juniors to a college or university. Students also can choose to earn a specialized certificate in digital video fundamentals or video editing and post production. Seminole State operates four campuses in Central Florida.

University of Central Florida (UCF): The Film Department at UCF (UCF Film) is dedicated to the development and inspiration of filmmakers and students of film. It provides a climate for artistic and intellectual growth that is challenging, supportive and entrepreneurial. The curriculum addresses all film genres and types from the traditional to the experimental; the commercial to the highly personal. The school also offers a graduate degree – the Master of Fine Arts in Film. The highest degree awarded to filmmakers or film artists, the MFA in Film/Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional film production program for visual artists and film practitioners who demonstrate exceptional artistic and intellectual prowess, evidence of significant professional promise and a commitment to the expressive potential of digital filmmaking and the exploration of non-traditional modes of distribution. The MFA degree produces graduates with mastery of storytelling through the digital medium as it encourages the candidate to find his or her personal style.

Valencia College: Valencia College was ranked the top community college in the nation for 2011-2012 by the Aspen Institute. The college offers a two-year A.A. parallel program that prepares students to transfer to an upper-division college or university.  Valencia's nationally recognized Film Production Technology program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program and trains students for entry-level positions in six major areas of film production that include gripping, electrical-lighting, editing, sound, camera, and set construction. Students may specialize in Cinematography or Post-Production. All of the classes are hands-on and are taught by professional film makers. In fact, Valencia's Film Production program has been called "one of the best film schools in the country" by renowned director Steven Spielberg. Valencia College operates six campuses and centers in Central Florida's Orange and Osceola counties.