The world is full of talented people, and when it comes to film industry we cannot deny the fact that there is a huge number of amazing filmmakers who haven’t necessarily gone to top schools but are out there because of their pure talents and who are self-taught without formal training. However, there are a lot of amazing film schools in the world for those who are passionate about being a student and who prefer a more formal education path.

For this reason we collected top 5 film schools ( American Film Institute, University of Southern California, New York University, University of California Los Angeles, Columbia University ). This is surely not a comprehensive list, but can definitely be a starting point for the ones who can’t wait to achieve their dreams..

1.American Film Institute

AFI is an amazing choice for the ones who dream of becoming great filmmakers one day. The programs are taught in an extremely thorough way which allows the students to collaborate with each other over the course of their studies and produce from 4 to 10 films, which must be a mesmerizing filmmaking experience for the students. Last year the school became famous for switching their focus on female filmmakers. For the first time ever, the class had a ratio of 50 males and 50 females. The school also started supporting and providing financial aid for 20 female students every year.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/american-film-institute-50th-anniversary-celebration-begins-1009525
American Film Institute

ALUMNI: Patty Jenkins, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Sam Esmail

https://www.afi.com/

2. University of Southern California (School of Cinematic Arts)

USC and its School of Cinematic Arts are located in Los Angeles. As many other film schools  in California, USC has been highly competitive and a well known University that trained many talented and popular filmmakers. USC is famous for the number and variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that it is offering in Cinema and Media Studies, Animation and Digital Arts, Film and Television Production, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Production Design or Sound. USC also offers Cinema and Media Studies program for Ph.D. students.

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USC School of Cinematic Arts

ALUMNI: Ryan Coogler, Doug Liman, Robert Zemeckis, Shonda Rhimes

University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities, located in the heart of Los Angeles.

3. New York University (Tisch School of Arts)

It is well known that New York University is one of the best schools for filmmakers across the globe. Prospective students who want to begin their college and bachelor careers can develop their expertise in filmmaking at NYU. Bachelor’s and master’s programs include Cinema Studies, Film and Television, Dramatic Writing.

https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/our-campus/721-broadway.html?#slide0
Courtesy of New York University

ALUMNI: Donald Glover, Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Jon Watts

Undergraduate Film & Television
Learn more about the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU Tisch, one of the premier film programs in the world. We offer classes in screenwriting, directing, animation, cinematography, producing, and editing.

4. University of California Los Angeles (School of Theater, Film and Television)

UCLA has been around over 100 years and created a unique name for itself by becoming highly competitive and regarded  school for filmmakers. UCLA has bachelor degree programs in Film, Television and Digital Media as well as in Cinematography, Screenwriting, Production/Directing, Animation and the Producers Program. It also offers Ph.D. programs in Media Studies and Cinema and a variety of additional programs in Television related fields.

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UCLA Campus

ALUMNI: Tim Robbins,Dustin Lance Black, John Williams, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Frank Marshall, Alexander Payne

http://www.tft.ucla.edu/

5.Columbia University (School of the Arts)

On the East Coast, in New York City, you can find Columbia University. Active since more than 250 years, Columbia University is the oldest University of the State of New York, offering a number of programs in a variety of fields. Regarding film studies, Columbia School of Arts offers students undergraduate programs in Film and Media Studies and graduate degrees in Screenwriting/Directing, Creative Producing, and Film & Studies. It is nearly impossible not to run into a graduate from Columbia University at any major film festival across the world.

http://www.artversed.com/top-10-mfa-programs-in-the-us/
Campus Life/Columbia University

ALUMNI: Kathryn Bigelow, Lisa Chodolenko, James Gunn, Jenifer Lee.

https://arts.columbia.edu/film


Choosing the right University can be a daunting task, but that can impact positively your future career.

So, good luck with your new upcoming adventures :)