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Best Colleges for Film

Spielberg, Tarantino, and Wes Anderson all had to start somewhere. That somewhere is an undergraduate film program where you will hone your skills as a future writer, director, producer, editor, cameraman, and lighting technician. Yet it is important to note that film schools vary greatly in the quality of instructors, possession of high-end equipment, and connections to the industry that can be essential when graduates begin networking in order to land their first jobs. The usual suspects (or Usual Suspects since we’re talking about film), like USC and NYU grace our list of the Best Colleges for Film, but so do many schools far from the entertainment hubs of New York and L.A. All of these institutions produce graduates that are prepared to chase their filmmaking dreams.

Click the links below for more information about each college’s film program. Click here to read our methodology.

American University

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Boston University

Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Carleton College

Chapman University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia University

DePaul University

Drexel University

Emerson College

Emory University

Florida State University

Full Sail University

George Mason University

Georgia State University

Ithaca College

Loyola Marymount University

New York Film Academy

New York University

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Pratt Institute

Purchase College (SUNY)

Rochester Institute of Technology

Savannah College of Art and Design

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

Syracuse University

Temple University

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Central Florida

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Miami

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

University of Southern California

University of Texas at Austin

Wesleyan University

Yale University

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