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Film School by Jason B. Kohl

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Chapter threeGraduate or Undergraduate Film School?

Anyone who decides to become a director is risking the rest of his life, and he alone is answerable. It should be the conscious decision of someone mature.

Andrei Taruovsky, Sculpting in Time

The question of graduate versus undergraduate film school comes down to three factors: money, maturity and timing. Each factor is unique to every individual. As with any major life decision, this section is less about giving answers than properly stating the questions. Let’s examine each individually.

1. Money

An undergraduate education may be cheaper than a graduate one for many reasons. Many schools charge less tuition and offer more financial support for undergraduate students, and, at least in ...

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