11 Top Film Schools in the U.S.

11 Top Film Schools in the U.S.

Film schools teach students numerous elements of the art of filmmaking including the creation of storyboards and film editing. Students learn the basics and gain experience in the many aspects of film production. Film schools differ in costs, equipment, and facilities that are available, and their assistance in starting careers in film. Below is a list of some of the top film schools around the country*.

American Film Institute

While lists of the top 11 film schools in the U.S. vary, most concede that the American Film Institute deserves a place at the top of the list. The two-year film program allows students to study their area of interest such as screenwriting or directing. Some students have the option to make a thesis film, and in the past students received some help from SAG members.

University of Southern California

Students at the University of Southern California study film history and the craft to prepare themselves for a career in the mainstream film industry. The University of Southern California also gets support from the film industry. In the past, this film school has been enriched with the help of donations from famous alumni in the film industry as well as industry professionals who have not attended this school.

New York University Tisch School of the Arts

The New York University Tisch School of the Arts has a heritage of producing notable film industry professionals. According to one film school ranking, this film school has produced the most film professionals who were involved in the creation of the top 500 films.  Graduates of Tisch can compete for an opportunity to make a debut feature film with $200,000 funding.

California Institute of the Arts

The CalArts film school is ideal for those who want to explore the world of animation. Students of this film school are responsible for many highlights at Sundance and the New York Film Festival. One of the school’s famous alumni is Tim Burton.

University of California, Los Angeles

Students at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television get individualized attention while learning. The school emphasizes storytelling true to the human experience and diversity.

Columbia University School of the Arts

The film program at Columbia University combines business sense and entrepreneurship with the creative art of filmmaking. Upon graduation, many students immediately launch their film careers.

Loyola Marymount University

Located in Los Angeles, some of the students at this film school have been able to earn internships at the media giants of Disney, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox.

Chapman University

This film school assists students in starting their careers in the film industry. Classes are taught by professionals who have worked in several facets of filmmaking, including marketing and legal departments.

Emerson College

Originally a Boston school of oratory, Emerson’s residential study and internship in Los Angeles is located on Sunset Boulevard at the 100,000-square-foot Hollywood Center.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Secure in its top spot among the best film schools, the UNCSA School of Filmmaking includes an Animation/Production Design and Gaming building.

University of Texas at Austin

Students at this film school have access to the Paramount Theatre and the Alamo Drafthouse which is well-known in the indie film scene.


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