Seattle is a city that has long been a place to be found in the film business, with film schools popping up all over the city and the University of Washington having its own film school in the heart of Seattle.
Now, however, the city may be entering a period of transition as it seeks to attract more and better-resourced film schools.
On the heels of the release of the latest batch of data showing that Seattle is the fastest-growing film school market in the country, the Seattle Film School Association released a report this week that shows that the city has one of the highest enrollment rates in the nation, with more than a quarter of students at film schools and over 50% of students in Seattle attending a film school.
The report also reveals that the film school industry is experiencing a renaissance, with the number of student-facilitated events growing by more than 40% between 2014 and 2017, according to the Seattle Public Schools Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
“It’s definitely a challenge, and we want to be a part of that,” said Alex Koehler, a director at the Seattle film school and president of the Seattle Filmmakers Guild.
“But there’s so much potential and so much opportunity for the industry, and the schools that we work with are the ones that are going to be the most impacted.
We just need to be proactive and try to leverage the resources we have and be as efficient as we can.”
While Koehlers research suggests that the growth in the Seattle market is tied to a number of factors, including the influx of film students, the study found that Seattle’s film school population has remained relatively stable, even as the film industry has seen a surge in enrollment over the past two decades.
“We are not a place where we’re just going to continue to grow, we’re a place that we have to have an active, growing, sustainable industry,” Koehlers said.
“So if we’re going to do that, we have a lot of to do.”
While the film academy is a part-time, on-campus program, many film schools still operate as full-time programs.
In Seattle, for example, the University at Buffalo offers a full-year degree in film education.
In the same way, many schools in the city offer a bachelor’s degree in the field of film studies, which is offered by the University or another accredited school.
In addition to the two schools that offer full-day film courses, many of the city’s other film schools offer both an undergraduate and a graduate program, which include courses in filmmaking, visual effects, visual design, editing, music, and more.
Koehels said that his guild has been working with the city for a number years to help bring more film schools to the city.
“There are a lot more schools in terms of film programs in the region that are looking for opportunities to add students, but there’s a lot that we can do,” Kuehlers said.
“The film industry is very much a multi-faceted, global industry.
There’s so many things that we do that impact the industry and we have these really great programs to help them do that.
We have an enormous amount of resources and resources to work with, and it’s great to see it all come together.”
The study also found that the number and number of students attending film schools has grown steadily in recent years.
In 2014, there were only 25 film schools with more students in the state than in the entire U.S. that year, and by 2017 there were more than 60.
The study also showed that film schools are also seeing the growth of their student populations.
In 2019, there was a 26.5% increase in the number from a year earlier.
“This is a very good thing,” said James Hirsch, a film professor at the University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
“The film education industry is growing, and in many ways, this is going to benefit the students in attendance, and also the teachers.”
Hirsch said the increase in student numbers is likely due to a combination of factors.
For one, there is a greater emphasis on film education at schools, which means students have more opportunities to learn how to edit their own videos and work with their peers, as well as more opportunities for students to develop their skills in film.
Additionally, there are also more people studying film, and those students will also have more time to pursue film as a career.
“I think what is really interesting to see is how the industry is reacting to this,” Hirsch said.
“[The film school] is going through a time of great change, and they’re trying to respond to the challenges of the industry as best they can.
I think they’re really, really looking forward to that.”
Koehler said that the increase is also a good sign for film students in terms for finding a new film