So you’ve decided to take the leap into studying Cinematography. First of all, congratulations on your decision! Now you need to choose the best film school. Whether you’re new to South Florida or a resident, you’ll find that there are quite a few film schools to select from. Trying to decide which is best for you can be overwhelming.  

The Center of Cinematography Arts and Television (CCAT) is one of Miami’s best film schools. The institute offers hands-on degree programs and certifications in cinematography, TV production,sound engineering, editing, and camera/lighting.

 



Look, we get it. All film schools have certain strengths so it’s a matter of evaluating based on your goals.’
IndieWire.com, is a leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers. They list five key things you need to consider before making your final decision:
  • Why are you going to Film School?
  • Is the Undergrad or Grad Film program field specific?
  • Who is teaching you?
  • Is there a culture of watching films?
  • Will you leave school with a community?

You can read the full article here.

The right school can put you on the right path to becoming the best of the best in cinematography!  The key is to receive the education you’re promised. Regardless of which path you choose, remember that you will  have to work hard.  

If you’re reading this, then we assume you’re just as passionate about Cinematography as we are. In your quest for finding the right school, we share the top five reasons why CCAT stands out above the rest.

  1. Master your cinematography skills in two years!
    Depending on where you want to take your film career, you can complete the program(s) in only two years. Here’s a more detailed description of our top programs:

Associates Degree in Cinematography – this program emphasizes hands-on learning and covers all aspects of film making such as editing, lighting and sound equipment and techniques.
Associates Degree in TV Production – get ready to enter the world of television. You can jumpstart your career as an entry-level assistant producer, producer or technician.
Editing Technician Certificate – in today’s filmmaking industry, the editor is also the storyteller. This program prepares you for the field of editing and/or post production video editing.
Sound Engineering Certificate – attend hands-on classes with state-of-the-art equipment and recording spaces. It prepares aspiring engineers for the demands of the audio industry.
TV Technician in Camera and Lighting – operate equipment and learn lighting techniques for achieving cinematic results. CCAT provides the students with a mobile state-of-the-art lighting equipment required for illumination.


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2. Become part of the “Latin American cinema movement”
You may have heard Miami be referred to as the “Capital of Latin America”. Miami’s Latin flavor has turned the City into the center of Hispanic TV and music, with resident stars like Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan among others. Its where writers, television producers, and actors are based. Take Don Francisco for one- hosted Sabado Gigante, Latin TV’s most popular show ever.

To all of you, Future Latin Cinematographers
South Florida is home to some of the titans of Hispanic TV such as  Univision and Telemundo. The opportunities are endless for pursuing your career in Latin American TV and film. Studying at CCAT, you’ll explore the dynamic Latin American Film and Television Markets!

CCAT students visit the set of the live show “Despierta América” at Univisión Studios.
3. Participate in the Miami Film Festival
The Annual Film Festival in Miami is where independent American and International films are showcased with a special focus on Ibero-American films. For two consecutive years, CCAT Miami has won the Audience Award in the Miami Film Festival Cinemaslam; In 2017 for the short film – “Oscuro” by Yolanda Baez Oyola and in 2016 for the short film “Anaphora” by Ursula Canovas.




4. Learn from the best in the industry
Unlike other cinematography schools, our teachers bring numerous years of experience and each come from a unique background, providing students with a well-rounded education. They each have worked or currently working in the media arts. Our faculty is comprised of grammy nominated musicians, grammy winning record producers, former Univision film producers, and more.
If you come to visit our school, ask our students about our professors. You’ll be sure to hear about how the teachers are fully dedicated,  passionate, and determined.

 

5. We’re dedicated to helping  you land your first job!
Helping to get your foot in the door of the film industry
We help all of our students with internships and offer job placement assistance through our job search workshops. We make every effort to help students jump-start their careers.
So, whether your dream is to be a television producer or cinematographer, a screenwriter or a sound engineer, there’s a film school in Miami — that wants you to be successful.
These are just a few of the reasons for you to consider enrolling at one of the most talked about schools in Miami – CCAT.

* CCAT offers classes in English and Spanish