Can You Actually Become a Film Director because of a Degree in Film Studies?

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Ralph900
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I'm thinking about doing Film Studies at university next year as I'd love to be a film director when I'm older, and although it' can't hurt, I don't imagine any famous film directors you can name got there because of a degree in Film Studies (most of them were actors first etc). What I'm asking is can you actually become a successful film director through education?
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You can become a (successful) Film Director with a degree in Film Studies, or without. You certainly don't need one.
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It's a joke of a degree. If you get one, it won't help you in the slightest.
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You could become a film director with a film degree but for most people who study film it simply doesn't happen and they end up in retail and catering. Most British film directors seem to be people with privileged backgrounds and connections (eg. Guy Ritchie, Christopher Nolan) or others who have studied more 'traditional'/respected degree courses (Tom Hooper). Some production degrees may give you certain skills which could give you a shot at entering the film industry (at a low level and for low pay), but a straight film studies degree covering history and theory will be almost useless if you want to get into the industry. Many film studies students are really struggling in the labour market.

Follow your dreams, but know some of the facts first. The film lecturers rely on your money to stay in a job so they won't tell you any of this.
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If it is a practical course with the opportunity to do films while getting mentored and be able to use equipement, you would not get otherwise, than yes. Usually these schools require you to send a portfolio/pass an entrance examination and while some people get there at the first attempt without big experience, others have some years of internships and doing short films, already, when being finally accepted. It can also be useful to look up schools all over Europe, as they are not many who have the reputation and some are just private.

A theoretical course may help you to be a jouralist or researcher, but won't help you towards becoming a film director.
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