Having decided to enroll in an Undergraduate / Postgraduate course, you now have to consider thousands of options. Which school, which country, which specialization?
To help you out, we’ve identified some of the important factors that you should consider.
In multiple international surveys of prospective MBA students, school reputation or prestige has consistently been rated as the 1st or 2nd most important attribute in selecting a school. More important than placements, cost or starting salary.
Typically the best measurement of reputation is the achievements of alumni. This is the only sustainable, long-term method of building reputation. This however, creates a strong bias towards older schools. Unsurprisingly then, most of the world’s top ranked business schools have been operating for 50-150 years.
The faculty are the single most important factor in determining the quality of education.
Meet the faculty and get their perspective on the course. Tell them your career goals and see if they think that the course is right for you. Ask about their backgrounds – where did they study? Where have they worked? And most importantly – why do they choose to teach at this school?
Best Film Colleges will allow you to attend a class, so that you can see how the subjects are taught. Assess for yourself how interactive the teaching is. Is it a traditional (boring) lecture or does the school use modern, interactive teaching methods?
Curriculum and Specializations
The core course curriculum has become fairly standardized around the world. Study in India, the US or Australia. If you have opted for a business program, the subjects you will be covering would be finance, marketing and strategy, with many of the same textbooks and case studies.
To prove students with additional value, most business schools either have a specialized area of teaching or allow students to select from a range of specialization and electives.
Beyond the obvious speculations – marketing, finance, HR etc – many schools are now offering industry specific training. However, is one limited by just these choices? Or can one explore new and diverse areas especially from the world of Film and Media?
Today, students can pursue a career in Film and Media by opting for colleges that offer an in-depth study and hands on training on all aspects of the Filmmaking process – Pre Production, Production and Post Production stages. Students have the opportunity to study Film Production Course, Film Editing Course, Script Writing Course, Cinematography Course, Animation course, VFX course, Marketing and Digital Marketing Course, Finance and Distribution. This opens the gateway to working in Films, OTT platforms, TV, Animation, VFX, Advertising and Digital Marketing.
The range and impact of projects that students complete is what sets the top schools apart from the 2nd and 3rd tier. Textbooks and theory alone don’t cut it.
Film and Media, is all about production. You create things – a film, a TV show, a radio show, an animation, an event. The more practical your course – the more you actually get to make things – the better prepared for the industry you are. The projects will also give you a showreel.
Screening a short film to a potential employer and describing in detail your role as a Unit Production Manager will put you way ahead of students with only mark sheets and certificates to show.
In particular, look for best film schools in India which offer production experiences with schools in other countries. Many industries are increasingly global and the contacts that you gain from exchange programs will make you more valuable to future employers.
With which companies does the school have placement relationships?
Employment in the media industry is driven by personal contacts. Few positions are publicly advertised, especially at entry level. HR managers work directly with selected schools and recruiters to source their next wave of talent.
Think of the companies you would like to join and then check which schools have placement tie-ups.
Cost is always part of the processes of selecting a school, however it is usually ranked as a low priority. Instead one must evaluate potential to earn and students usually look at lifetime investment returns – how much more will you earn across your working career forms an essential point of consideration.
Looking globally – the most expensive MBA is Wharton’s executive program which costs $180,000+. Most US top 50 MBA schools charge between $50,000+ and $100,000 (INR 30 – 60 Lakh) plus living costs and travel.
Indian schools are relatively cheaper, with most top schools costing between Rs. 5 – 15 Lakh. Added to this is the advantage of studying closer to home and at the same time gaining access to Global Film Experts and Academia.