How Much Does Digital Coloring School Cost?

One of the exciting fields in film editing is that of digital intermediate coloring. Digital colorists, as those who work in this field are called, use special software to come up with scenes whose colors are consistent even if these were originally shot in different light conditions. Aside from editing scenes, digital intermediate colorists are also able to do wonders on the faces of actors in the film. If the world of moviemaking and digital intermediate editing fascinate you then you’re probably looking at studying to become a digital colorist.

To gain entry into the world of film editing, you will typically first need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in film or video production because there is—as of this writing, anyway—no college degree in digital intermediate. The current courses on digital intermediate available in the United States are short-term certificate courses that last anywhere from one day to five days. There are courses available for those who are already working in the film industry as well as for complete beginners who may not have this background yet but are still interested in this form of editing.

How much you spend for a bachelor’s degree in film or video production will depend on whether you go to a public school or private school. Going to a public school in your state is better from the financial point of view because they usually give tuition discounts to in-state students. An out-of-state student can expect to spend an average of a little over $36,000 a year. However, the costs can vary widely, from $15,000 to well over $60,000 a year. This covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies and room and board. At the University of Central Florida, for example, the yearly cost of a film or video production degree for in-state students is $16,763 and $32,095 for out-of-state students. At California State University Sacramento, in-state students spend $20,661 a year while out-of-state students shell out $31,821 annually.

Private schools typically charge the same fee for all students regardless of residency status. At the Academy of Art University in California, students shell out $34,540 a year for this degree while at New York University, the cost is pegged at $62,540 a year.

Students can still lower the cost of their tuition and other fees by exploring opportunities for financial aid. Scholarships, grants and student loans are just some of the ways to fund your college degree so visit the financial aid officer of your school to ask if you are eligible for these opportunities.

Short-term digital intermediate courses are offered by the International Colorist Academy. The price ranges for each course is from $500 to around $1,500, depending on the number of days a course is held. The teachers of the academy are also working colorists so there is no set schedule as to when the programs will be held. Rather, they announce course schedules months in advance on their website. Also, they don’t have their own facility so they work together with their partners that have training sites. Aside from holding classes in New York and Los Angeles, they also offer classes in London, Singapore and Sydney.

The academy’s two-day Resolve 101 course on the application DaVinci Resolve V11 for those who are interested to go into color correction costs $1,095 while the three-day class costs $1,495. Working colorists, VFX supervisors and artists and others who want to learn about basic color concepts can attend the one-day Introduction to Color Science and Color Workflows course which costs $500. New users of Autodesk Lustre and Flame Premium Grading can attend a two-day workshop which costs $1,095.

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