The Northwest Film Center’s SCHOOL OF FILM, one of the largest community-based film arts programs in the country, offers the Northwest’s most comprehensive curriculum in media production and appreciation. Since its founding in 1972, the School has helped thousands of individuals to find and cultivate their personal voices as storytellers and to help create community around cinema’s potential to advance cultural understanding, reflect the human experience, and fuel social change.
Its long-standing reputation as a leader in media arts education rests on its dynamic faculty of working filmmakers, emphasis on hands-on learning, open enrollment policy, and unique learning environment. In tandem with the Center’s year-round exhibition programs, students learn to make films while having the opportunity to see some of the most current and significant independent cinema available.
The School’s students include fine artists, writers, and others interested in augmenting their artistic practice with film; professionals in education, marketing, business, and other fields seeking professional development; students enrolled in participating cooperative degree programs or contemplating post-graduate study in film; emerging filmmakers who are in the process of creating a body of work for public exhibition; and avocational adult learners who simply desire personal enrichment through a structured program.