Top School in NYC for a Film & Cinema Studies Degree

Many schools in the New York City area have top ranking film and cinema studies programs. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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Aspiring filmmakers can find programs at both public and private, not-for-profit schools in New York City. In light of its high national university ranking, program levels and strong professional opportunities, the top school for cinema and film studies students is a private university in downtown New York City.

  • Winner: New York University (NYU) is located in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, one of the most historically creative areas of the city. NYU offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in film studies through its Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

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Category New York University
Rankings #32 among National Universities,
#22 among High School Counselor Rankings (2015)*
Location New York, NY
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $44,848**
Film and Cinema Studies Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Film and Cinema Studies Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 487**
Most Popular Film and Cinema Studies Program in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (387)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 83%**
Noteworthy Animation Showcase and First Run Film Festival

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

New York University

  • Summer and William H. Cosby Filmmakers workshops for students
  • Independent Filmmaker Project Partnership offers discounted resources to students
  • Chris Columbus/Richard Vague Film Production Fund helps eligible alumni produce their first features

NYU is one of the largest private schools in the country and enrolls more than 44,500 students each year. In spite of its size, the university has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is home to the cinema studies and film departments.

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film and Television program is highly selective. Students are judged not only on their academic history and recommendations, but also on their creative submissions. Undergraduates complete core courses in film editing and production, animation, cinematography, directing and screenwriting. They also pursue courses related to film history, film theory and the science of cinematography. The Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking is a 3-year program offered at both the New York City and Singapore campuses. Areas of focus include documentary or fiction filmmaking. Through courses and workshops, graduate students find out how to write scripts, operate cameras and direct through individual and group projects. Additional programs at this school include a BA, MA and PhD in Cinema Studies.

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