I attended the One Year Filmmaking program at New York Film Academy (LA) and I achieved what I set out to do -- Learn to make movies. I had no film or digital filmmaking experience when I entered the school. The only way I feel I could learn anything more of true value is to keep making movies.
The school is not perfect, but no school is perfect. However, this is probably the BEST school for someone to learn from the ground up. Other schools require a portfolio, when after all, we are coming to these institutions to learn. Also, there were students who transferred from other schools and told me they learned more in six months here than two years elsewhere (at least five direct sources).
Anyway, my main purpose for writing this is because I felt everything about the program was exactly what I needed.
We had a lot of classroom sessions, but the school is all about learning by doing. It's the most realistic way to learn an art form, but beware of some traditional universities who may not accept any of your credits if you are planning to transfer ... The program is so demanding that I even recall a time when we were in classes from 9 a.m. to midnight -- compared to five hours in a week at a typical university.