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The Top 10 American Film Schools

1. University of Southern California (USC)
2. New York University (NYU)
3. American Film Institute (AFI)
4. UCLA
5. Chapman University
6. Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
7. Florida State University (FSU)
8. Emerson College
9. University of Texas, Austin (UT)
10. Boston University (BU)

University of Southern California

University of Southern California (USC)


Annual Tuition: $57,256

19,170 students
Los Angeles


USC's School of Cinematic Arts has been around since 1929, and is one of the most reputable programs in the country.
Notable Alumni:  George Lucas, Jon Chu, Walter Murch, Tracy Oliver, Ron Howard, Judd Apatow.


NYU student walk down the street

New York University (NYU)


Annual Tuition: $29,276

26,417 students
New York City


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.
Notable Alumni:  Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Joel Coen, Rachel Morrison, Kristen Bell, Alec Baldwin.


American Film Institute students

American Film Institute (AFI)


Annual Tuition: $57,924

341 students
Los Angeles


At the 2015 Student Academy Awards, AFI swept gold, silver, and bronze in the narrative category.
Notable Alumni:  Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, Julie Dash, Rick Rosenthal.


Francis Ford Coppola directs

UCLA


Annual Tuition: $41,196
($11,442 for California Residents)

31,002 students
Los Angeles


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


Chapman college student filmmakers

Chapman University


Tuition: $27,270 per Semester

7,020 students
Orange, California


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


Loyola Marymount University campus

Loyola Marymount University (LMU)


Annual Tuition: $49,550

6,391 students
Los Angeles


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.
Notable Alumni:  


FSU campus

Florida State University (FSU)


Annual Tuition: $21,684
($6,516 for Florida residents)

33,008 students
Tallahassee, Florida


FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts guarantees funding for every student's films and equal access to industry production equipment.
Notable Alumni:  


Emerson campus building

Emerson College


Annual Tuition: $48,560

3,813 students
Boston, Massachusetts


With its very aggressive internship program, Emerson has an impressive reputation of helping students land positions with Holllywood producers, networks and studios.
Notable Alumni:  


UT students working on a green screen

University of Texas, Austin (UT)


Tuition: $18,883 per Semester
($5,334 for Texas Residents)

40,492 students
Austin, Texas


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


students at Boston University

Boston University (BU)


Annual Tuition: $54,720

18,080 students
Boston, Massachusetts


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