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Top 25 American Film Schools 2022
This dataset contains 2022’s Top 25 American Film Schools, Ranked. These 25 programs offer students the best chance at navigating Hollywood’s changing terrain.
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The United States is the best destination for international students who want to become the next Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, or Quentin Tarantino. American Film Institute (AFI) is the industry’s most prestigious graduate program, offering MFA programs in Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Production Design, etc. It’s highly competitive and only offers a small number of candidates per year. The AFI Conservatory does not offer any undergraduate degree programs and only admits once a year for fall terms. AFI Fellows come from a diverse background and are represented by the majority of states in the US and over 40 countries around the world. Fellows at the Conservatory bring to life the mission and vision by serving as artists and leaders in the art of storytelling and influencing culture through their contributions to film and television.
These institute offers graduate students the best networking pool of industry power players. It is known for churning out future Oscar winners. They have state-of-the-art technology, as well as one of the deepest historical archives that students can benefit from.
These film programs are trying to entice and educate the next generation of blockbuster directors and award-winning auteurs. Many of the top film programs in North America are housed inside private colleges and universities, meaning tuition costs are an outsized financial factor when students are pursuing an education in filmmaking.
Student loan debt is an ever-increasing concern as tuition costs continue to rise and for an impacted industry like entertainment with uncertain employment prospects, the cost can give many would-be filmmakers increased anxiety. With this in mind, THR has compiled a list of state and community college programs in or near entertainment hubs of Los Angeles and New York City.
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|American Film Institute||LOS ANGELES||The prestigious graduate program consistently churns out Oscar winners, including CODA director and 2022 Oscar winner Sian Heder, and blockbuster directors, and has made an effort to diversify its student body. Over half of the incoming students are women, and nearly half are filmmakers of color â all are eligible for new funds like the Halyna Hutchins Memorial Scholarship. This year, AFIâs speaker seminars were an Oscar fest, including the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Denis Villeneuve and Maggie Gyllenhaal, while professors are still notably active in the industry, like cinematography head Stephen Lighthill, who was reelected as the ASC president. âMore than anything, I wanted to find those essential creative collaborators,â AFI grad and Sundance breakout Chloe Okuno says of the schoolâs main perk.||65,800||Patty Jenkins, Ari Aster, Sam Esmail|
|New York University||NEW YORK||The Tisch School of the Arts will launch an academic and production institute in honor of alumnus Martin Scorsese thanks to a gift from George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. The institute will feature a major virtual production facility, as well as support for student scholarships. In the coming academic year, the graduate program will continue its mentorship program, which pairs students with filmmakers â the inaugural year brought in Isabel Sandoval and Raven Jackson.||68,000||63,000||ChloÃ© Zhao, Dee Rees|
|University of Southern California||LOS ANGELES||The School of Cinematic Arts places an emphasis on virtual production and digital content creation. Former EA president John Riccitiello gave $14 million to the Interactive Media & Games program, while Sony Electronics helped develop virtual production capabilities, like LED walls and in-camera VFX. Prentice Penny created The First Up, a program designed to give opportunities to writing students of color. You would be hard-pressed to find an alumni network more decorated than USCâs, including director Matt Reeves and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes. Explains alum Rian Johnson, âThe friends I made in the program, the people I made dumb shorts with in the dorms on the weekends or bunkered down with in the edit room or traded third-generation VHS tapes of John Woo movies with, those ended up being my support group through the years after graduation, banging our heads against the wall of the industry and trying to get our own movies made.â||37,149-54461||63,468||Ryan Coogler, Jon M. Chu|
|Chapman University||ORANGE, CALIFORNIA||Drawing names like Lorenzo di Bonaventura to teach classes, while adding high-end tech like a fleet of RED Komodo cameras, the Dodge College continues to impress. It also offers production students subsidies up to $15,000 for theses. The school opened a new career center to help with the post-graduate transition into the industry, but students are succeeding while still in school, like Phumi Morare, who took home the top narrative prize at the most recent Student Academy Awards. âPrior to film school, we had mostly worked with each other,â says alumni and Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers. âSuddenly, we were collaborating with dozens of peers to achieve one goal, one vision.â||46,936-49,788||60,290||The Duffer brothers, Justin Simien, Carlos LÃ³pez Estrada|
|CalArts||SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA||With animation dominating streaming slates, the school, founded by Walt Disney, remains the preeminent program for animators with studio aspirations. Jorge Gutierrez and Pixar head Pete Docter are among the alumni of character and experimental animation programs. The film and video and film directing programs also have a fair share of impressive graduates, including Fire Island director Andrew Ahn. CalArts, known for both traditional and experimental mediamaking, offers unique equipment for students, like Blackmagicâs Cintel Film Scanner, along with standard setups like edit bays. This year, Charmaine Jefferson succeeded Tim Disney, son of Roy, as the chairman of the board, saying that she hopes to âdevelop more artistic opportunities for our studentsâ and âincrease scholarship access.â||54,440||Tim Burton, Brad Bird|
|Emerson College||BOSTON||Emersonâs reach expands to an L.A. outpost on Sunset Boulevard as well as global opportunities in Paris and the Netherlands. Back in Beantown, a new Visual and Media Arts directing studio was inaugurated in 2021, and curriculum additions include such classes as The Art of Anti-Racist Media Making and Accessible Cinema, the latter of which teaches students to produce captions and audio descriptions for non-auditory and low-vision audiences. âWhat I loved about the Emerson experience is the latitude, creative freedom and support we had to find our voices,â says Oscar-nominated Raya and the Last Dragon writer Adele Lim. âAs a foreign student who grew up in a more restrictive culture, this was revolutionary.â||1,322||51,264||Richard LaGravenese, Erik Messerschmidt|
|Columbia University||The graduate film program was recently scrutinized for the massive amount of student loan debt incurred over the course of earning the expensive degree, but the school graduates top talent that finds success quickly. Alumni include Saim Sadiq, who took home a Cannes Jury Prize for Joyland, and Olivia Newman, who directed Sonyâs Where the Crawdads Sing. Lauded academic Racquel Gates and Emmy-nominated producer Mynette Louie (The Tale) count as new additions to the faculty, while âFilm Ethicsâ is new to the curriculum.||65,620||69,152||Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Jennifer Lee|
|Loyola Marymount University||LOS ANGELES||This summer, LMU brought in former UNC School of the Arts program head Joanne Moore as the long-awaited replacement for Peggy Rajski, and the Westchester campus appointed Charles Swanson as associate dean of DEI. Recently, LMU hosted a pitch event for individuals who completed their Film Independent Story Development Incubator Lab, a one-year program that preps alumni to dive headfirst into the industry.||26,226-34,968||54,630||Francis Lawrence; How I Met Your Father writer Karen Joseph Adcock|
|UCLA||LOS ANGELES||UCLA has long been the top public university option among film programs: A fair price point, along with grants and scholarships directed at students from underrepresented communities, makes this school an attractive choice. After a pause, the school has begun accepting graduate applications for its MFA program. And while the program still has yet to find stable leadership following the departure of dean Teri Schwartz in 2019 (interim dean Brian Kite is still at his post), professors and division heads include boldfaced names like Oscar nominee Phyllis Nagy. âListen to your peersâ sometimes more than your instructors, producers or studio executives,â says Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds writer David Koepp of what he learned during his time as an undergrad at UCLA.||$17,756 resident, $32,858 nonresident||$13,804 resident, $31,026 nonresident||Dustin Lance Black, Gina Prince-Bythewood|
|University of North Carolina School of the Arts||WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA||Americaâs first public arts conservatory, UNCSA now has Deborah LaVine leading the filmmaking program. This fall, it launches an Anthology Production Lab dedicated to producing a 13-episode streaming series, and Emily Spivey will teach Acting for Animators.||9,196 resident, $23,899 nonresident||$6,497 resident, $23,731 nonresident||Danny McBride; Mare of Easttown director Craig Zobel|