Top Graduate Film School in the U.S. with Program Summaries

Top graduate film schools teach students advanced skills in video and audio production, cinematography and film editing. Although graduate film programs are available throughout the country, the top film schools tend to be located in large metropolitan cities that have greater access to film industry resources, such as New York or Los Angeles.

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Top Graduate Film Schools in the U.S.

1. University of California, Los Angeles

In 2010, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was ranked the top public school in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The same year, Princeton Review named it a Best Value College among public schools. The School of Theater, Film and Television offers several master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies. The Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography teaches technical filmmaking skills, while the Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies focuses on the social and cultural relevance of film and related media. Students can also enroll in production and direction, animation or screenwriting master's degree programs. Courses offered in the film programs include film editing and post-production, motion picture lighting, digital cinematography and film history.

Contact Information

  • Address: 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • Phone Number: (310) 825-4321

2. New York University in New York City

New York University (NYU), the country's largest private school, was ranked in the top 35 schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. Established nearly 180 years ago, NYU offers more than 25 degree programs and 2,500 courses. The Tisch School of the Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts in Film. The program requires three years of study and allows students to create a variety of self-produced narrative films. Students work with film crews and other students to film, edit and finalize film projects of various lengths. Courses are offered in film aesthetics, cinematography, film directing, acting for film and movie business law. The program also includes workshops and seminars for advanced filmmaking concepts.

Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012-1091
  • Phone Number: (212) 998-1212

List of Good Graduate Film Schools in the U.S.

College/University Name Student population Address Phone Number
New York University 42189 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, New York 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41028 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of California, Los Angeles 38220 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, California 90095 (310) 825-4321
Brigham Young University 34244 Provo, Utah 84602 (801) 422-4636
University of Southern California 33747 University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089 (213) 740-2311
Boston University 31766 One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (617) 353-2000
San Francisco State University 30014 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, California 94132 (415) 338-1111
University of Pittsburgh 27562 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (412) 624-4141
Columbia University 23196 116 St. and Broadway, New York, New York 10027 (212) 854-1754
University of California, Santa Barbara 21868 Santa Barbara, California 93106 (805) 893-8000
Stanford University 17833 Stanford, California 94305 (650) 723-2300
University of Chicago 14788 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637 (773) 702-1234
CUNY College of Staten Island 13092 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York 10314 (718) 982-2000
Emory University 12755 408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (404) 727-6123
Carnegie Mellon University 10875 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 (412) 268-2000
Yale University 10192 New Haven, Connecticut 06520 (203) 432-1333
California College of the Arts 1710 5212 Broadway, Oakland, California 94618-1487 (510) 594-3600
Art Center College of Design 1632 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, California 91103 (626) 396-2200
California Institute of the Arts 1381 24700 W. McBean Pky., Valencia, California 91355-2397 (661) 255-1050
American Film Institute Conservatory 357 2021 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, California 90027-1625 (323) 856-7600
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