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Top 5 Acting Schools in Nigeria

It is not enough to be talented; learning and understanding the craft is what gives expertise and a wide range of knowledge of how to harness your potential.

Anyone can point a camera and shoot, however film school helps you be more than that. They help you unlock the parts of you that may never come to shore without training.

This is why I’ve put together a list of 5 of the top film schools in Nigeria.

Del-York Film Academy

Founded in 2010, Del-York Film Academy is Nigeria’s and by extension Africa largest film school. It is the biggest capacity building institution for films, media, animation, technology, and marketing communications industry.

Their courses include:

  • Acting For Film 
  • Screenwriting For Film and TV 
  • Cinematography and Set Lighting
  • Directing
  • Film Editing
  • Digital Content Creation and Social Media Influencing
  • Public Relations and Media Communications
  • 3D Animation
  • Producing and The Business of Film-Making
  • Fashion, Arts and Craft
  • Music Video Production
  • VFX
  • Intro To Theater Production
  • Makeup and Special Effects
  • Costume and Set Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Photography
  • Coloring and Grading
  • Sound Design and Scoring For Film

Royal Arts Academy

Created in 2010 by Emem Isong, Royal Arts Academy is one of the leading film schools in Nigeria that have helped harness and nurture industry giants. The film school has been able to take students from various parts of Africa and is keen on developing talents for the filmmaking sphere.

Their courses include:

  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting

Global Film Academy (GFA)

The Global Film Academy (GFA) with presence in Nigeria, Canada and UK is a digital savvy film school established to produce world-class filmmakers who are dedicated to creating the best of the best while adopting a hands-on approach and ensuring it keeps to its ethos of creating a collaborative, friendly and inclusive learning environment to foster industry growth, knowledge, inclusion, and mentorship through a series of professional development programs, talent activation initiatives and networking opportunities.

Their Courses Include:

  • Acting 
  • Screenwriting
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Production Management
  • Phonetics & Linguistics 
  • TV Presentation
  • Film History

PEFTI Film Institute

Founded by Wale Adenuga in 2004, this is one of the first film schools in Nigeria. Founded on the basis of teaching and grooming industry newcomers and veterans and getting them a professional degree.

Their courses include:

  • Acting and Presentation
  • Choreography
  • Costume and Makeup
  • Cinematography 
  • D Editing
  • Digital Photography
  • Directing
  • Music
  • Music Studio Production
  • Producing and Production Management
  • Writing (Radio, Stage and Screen)
  • Set Design

Magnus Film Academy (MFA)

Situated in the eastern parts of Nigeria, MFA is one of the leading film schools in Nigeria. The instructors at MFA are seasoned industry professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to better the training of students.

Their courses include:

  • 2D/3D Animation and Special Effect
  • Acting
  • Cinematography 
  • Graphics Design
  • Directing/Film making
  • Drone Piloting
  • Live Streaming of Event
  • Photography
  • Screenwriting
  • Video Editing
  • Videography

High Definition Film Academy (HDFA)

Founded in 2011, High Definition Film Academy is aimed at providing quality and affordable film education to people who are willing to learn the craft. They offer an intensive and practical approach to learning.

Their courses include:

  •  Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Filmmaking
  • Screenwriting


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