What’s the best film school if you want to be all rounded(direct,produce,write etc),yet have zero experience?
I really would like to get into a prestigious school, definitely among the top five, and money is no object, but experience is! the most i’ve ever done is take those really basic home videos. i’m a student at a university in nairobi kenya, i’m currently doing a degree in communications, but would like to transfer next year. lacking a portfolio,1.should i take the basic video production and screenwriting course at my university or just apply as i stand?and 2.which would be the best for an all rounder-write, produce, direct, edit, score, market etc etc…[we have few film proffesionals here(Kenya) so its better to have broad training], 3.and an international student? 4.which is the best regarded by the industry? 5.which graduates more prolific film makers? help i’m running out of time, and internet searches seem to be muddying, not clearing my insight? then again i gather that different schools have different philosophies/approaches to teaching film? what should i be looking for?
The best in the US would be UCLA, USC, NYU, followed by the AFI, Cal Arts, Univ of Chiago, Emerson, University of Montana Bozeman. On a non-credit basis (it’s best to do this after college) the Sundance program is conisdered outstanding. But unless things have changed they do not give an accredit degree only a diploma or certificate. Sundace would make a great post grad studies place.
this is my aim and present situation… help?
im basically frm india pursuing b.com in chennai university..
my dad has a well established business in India and i aspire to make the products fit to be exported globally………..
I hav spoken to few persons and now i have two options…
Do an MBA or MS in management in abroad ( uk or us)
work there for 3-4 yrs and then come back to india and take over my dads business..
Do an MBA in india and simultaneously start a new venture whilst studying..
Apply my techniques and tweak it..
get it well established..
Then after studying work for sometime and merge mine and take over my dads business…
The advantage of doing mba in abroad is that we will have global exposure..
and a few say that in US which is highly affected by recession, is the perfect market place to do MBA
disadvantage is u might get over exposed for current Indian market and later have to come down to understand it…
next is u ll be studying the local companies over there which u might not be familiar with..
Advantage of doing here in India is
v get lot of new contacts who will be big shots in the future and can be in constant touch with them to establish ur business..
and the study of a developing market is very useful as u can predict a few things..
Disadvantage is that u might get under exposed when considering long-time..
As i said earlier..
My aim is to introduce a lot of products and meet the global standards and start exporting making my dads business a global empire…
my extra curicular activities are musical jingle composer, skilled in maya animation, skilled in internet marketing, skilled in MS office..
have spent 6 months in e-marketing if that could help….
Since i am basically physically challenged, working before a post graduation is not appropriate for me…
I ve searched in the internet and stumbled upon
European School of Economics which offers courses in Paris , London , New York , Florence and Rome ….
I think the course MS in Management suits me cause that offers the following courses –
• Modern Business Research Methods
• 21st Century Advanced Business Structures
• Organisations and their Cultures
• Managing for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
• Management of Resources and Operations
• Entrepreneurialism and Leadership
• Globalised Information and Communication Systems
• International Project Management
• International Business Management
• Human Resources Management
• International Strategic Marketing
• Research Methods and Modelling Techniques
• Internship Programme (3-months)
These subj are relevant to my dream…
But Wharton School Of Business also accepts students from the world with 3 yrs degree…
and stanford also the same…
But they ask for work experience… at the same time it can be excepted in certain circumstances….
as i said my ailment prevents me to work before further studies…
This is as far as i ve collected…
To be successful in the export market, its my understanding that knowledge of the world economy would help. You would probably do better if you were to understand what foreign markets expect from suppliers in India.
Perhaps its not just cheap prices they are interested in, but quality as well. Perhaps environment-friendly companies like to deal with ‘green’ suppliers, since the world is growing increasingly conscious about climate change. Perhaps they don’t want any toxic chemicals in the products they are importing. Which is the reason why they re doing business with Indian suppliers and not Chinese companies. All these would perhaps be better understood with some international exposure.
“disadvantage is u might get over exposed for current Indian market and later have to come down to understand it…
Next is u ll be studying the local companies over there which u might not be familiar with..”
1. Well, you plan to come back eventually to take over your dad’s business, don’t you?
2. Thats precisely the point, to introduce you to global markets, HR practices, work ethics, reporting and accounting standards et all which have ensured the international proliferation of US companies across the globe while Indian companies languish at the bottom, shying away from going global, rarely venturing out of their own backyard. There is obviously a reason why US companies have become global brand names while Indian companies don’t have brand value abroad. Just consider the case of Dell and HCL in the hardware sector, both established at around approximately the same time, in the early eighties.
Eventually, its important to be comfortable with whatever course you choose. So I would say follow your heart. Names like Wharton and Stanford are more recognised than schools like European School of Economics, and for a reason, namely the superior quality of management education imparted. But as I said before, being able to feel at ease with a particular program is equally, if not more important, one that will determine how well you complete your program.
Dhirubhai Ambani built one of India’s leading companies. His sons went to Wharton and Stanford and built some of the world’s leading companies. What more proof of the quality of US education do you need?
All the best.
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