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Top Colleges and Universities For Film Studies

University of Southern California

USC's School of Cinematic Arts has been around since 1929, and is one of the most reputable programs in the country. Check out some USC alumni interviews here!

New York University

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is the most prestigious US film school on the east coast. Classes are offered in disciplines including animation, cinematography, directing, post production, and more.

American Film Institute

At the 2015 Student Academy Awards, AFI swept gold, silver, and bronze in the narrative category.


UCLA's Film and Television B.A. provides a liberal arts education as well as coursework in film and television history, theory, and production.

Chapman University

Chapman offers separate undergraduate degrees in Film Production, Screenwriting, and Animation & Visual effects.

Loyola Marymount University

Undergraduate degrees are offered in Film & Television Production, Animation, and Screenwriting. LMU emphasizes collaboration and hands-on experience with small class sizes of 12:1.

Florida State University

FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts guarantees funding for every student's films and equal access to industry production equipment. Read a SOCAPA alum's experience applying to and attending FSU here!

Emerson College

With its very aggressive internship program, Emerson has an impressive reputation of helping students land positions with Holllywood producers, networks and studios. Check out an interview with one of our alumni at Emerson here!

University of Texas, Austin

Undergraduates in the Radio-Television-Film department study media production alongside media history and theory.

Boston University

Boston University offers a B.S. in Film & Television, and a lot of flexibility to allow students to tailor the degree to their interests.

Credit and thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more on their Top 25 picks here.