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Top Ranked Film Universities in United States

Find information about top-ranked film schools in the United States that offer programs for students who are interested in directing, producing or writing movies. See what's available at four of these high-profile schools, and get a sneak peak at some other universities around the country that offer programs in film studies or film production. View article »

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Film studies or filmmaking programs often include concentrations in cinematography, postproduction editing, sound design, or screenwriting. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels, usually leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. Let's discuss one public and three private universities with undergraduate or graduate programs in film-related topics. Each of these schools received a high national rank from U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The number of alumni Academy Awards winners or nominees from these schools is also relatively high.

Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University is a public research university that ranked tied for 38th top public school in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report. The College of Motion Picture Arts offers a number of programs in film. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Digital Arts or a minor in film studies. Graduate degrees include a Master of Fine Arts in Production and an Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Florida State also offers the non-degree Torchlight Program, which provides students with education and internship opportunities in the film business.

New York University in New York, NY

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked New York University #36 among all universities in the country. Located in Greenwich Village, once home to some of the nation's most well-known artists, this private university includes the Tisch School of the Arts and the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. Students can earn a BFA in Film and Television, an MFA in Filmmaking or dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Fine Arts (MBA/MFA) in Producing. Additionally, Kanbar Institute offers a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies. Alumni include Martin Scorsese and Joel Coen.

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

In 2017, the University of Southern California, a private research institution, was ranked #23 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Cinematic Arts offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in film and television production, film and television writing, film studies, and producing. Both retired and practicing directors, writers, editors, producers, and other filmmaking professionals make up the school's film faculty. This film school provides students with access to numerous state-of-the-art production centers, including sound and scoring stages, digital arts and animation studios, and editing rooms. The school's founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck, among others.

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Boston University in Boston, MA

The Department of Film and Television at Boston University offers a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies. At the graduate level, students can earn a Master of Science in Television and Media Ventures or a Master of Fine Arts in Media Production, Screenwriting, or Film and Television Studies. Both undergraduate and graduate students can get real-world experience by participating in an internship program in Los Angeles and working with the student-run Hothouse Productions Company. For 2017, Boston University was ranked #39 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Film Programs

Here are some more schools with excellent film programs:

College/University Name Distinction Location
California Institute of the Arts Offers a joint program with the Museum of Modern Art in New York City Valencia, CA
Columbia University Offers a Master of Fine Arts with a creative producing concentration New York, NY
Temple University Provides a Los Angeles internship program that is open to undergraduate and graduate students Philadelphia, PA
University of California - Los Angeles Offers a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography Los Angeles, CA
University of North Carolina School of the Arts The MFA program includes a concentration in film music composition Winston-Salem, NC
University of Texas - Austin Students get to live in a city that sponsors several international film festivals Austin, TX

Students who are interested in studying and creating films can enroll at top-notch institutions around the country. The distinct programs we discussed provide unique learning opportunities, merit high national ranks, and have a track record of alumni success.

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