News // THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER'S TOP 25 FILM SCHOOLS

The annual list spotlights colleges and universities from both coasts.



Each year, The Hollywood Reporter compiles a list of the colleges and universities that excel in inspiring the next generation of filmmaking geniuses.


In recent years, film studies and film crafting courses have grown to become some of the most sought after concentrations on college campuses worldwide. Many larger-scale universities now offer some form of film study in its curriculum. The truly outstanding programs are the ones that are elevating beyond classroom artistic discussions and offering hands-on opportunities in every aspect of the filmmaking world.


THR's annual list of the Top 25 Film Schools gives insight into the programs that offer the best to students, from VR labs and greenscreen studios to educators currently working in the film industry outside of the classroom.


To read THR's full report and profile of each school, click here.


1. USC, Los Angeles

Notable alumni: James Ivory, Robert Zemeckis, Ryan Coogler, John Singleton, Shonda Rhimes


2. New York University, New York

Notable alumni: Reed Morano, Dee Rees, Rachel Morrison, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal


3. American Film Institute, Los Angeles

Notable alumni: Rachel Morrison, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Ed Zwick, Mimi Leder


4. UCLA, Los Angeles

Notable alumni: Dustin Lance Black, Frank Marshall, Alexander Payne, Steven Canals


5. Columbia University, New York

Notable alumni: Ramin Bahrani, Kathryn Bigelow, Lisa Cholodenko, Greg Mottola


6. Chapman University, Orange, CA

Notable alumni: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Justin Simien, Gabriel Garza


7. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Notable alumni: Adrian Molina, Brad Bird, Branda Chapman, James Mangold


8. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Notable alumni: Jennifer Castillo Gomez, Barbara Broccoli, Francis Lawrence


9. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Notable Alumni: Toby Emmerich, Jon Turteltaub, David Laub, Matthew Weiner, MIchael Bay, Lin-Manuel Miranda


10. Emerson, Boston

Notable alumni: Henry Winkler, David Cross, Denis Leary, Jay Leno


11. University of Texas, Austin, Austin

Notable alumni: Ray Mansfield, Matthew McConaughey, Cathleen Sutherland


12. Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Notable alumni: Jason Sussberg, Ramona Diaz, Leah Wolchok


13. DePaul University, Chicago

Notable alumni: Art O'Leary, Brian Lannin, Tom Dean


14. Boston University, Boston

Notable alumni: Jay Roewe, Jim Gianopulos, Bonnie Arnold, Joe Roth


15. Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

Notable alumni: Evan Gorski, Jessica Pinns


16. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Notable alumni: DeRon Horton, Kayli Carter


17. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Notable alumni: Gus Van Sant, Seth MacFarlane, MAry Lambert


18. Columbia College, Chicago

Notable alumni: Christian Sprenger, Lena Waithe, Jordan Vogt-Roberts


19. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Notable alumni: James Laxton, Adele Romanski, Nat Sanders, Barry Jenkins


20. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena

Notable alumni: Michael Bay, Zack Snyder, Don Burgess


21. San Francisco State University, San Francisco

Notable alumni: Kimberly Reed, Jonas Rivera, Rich McBride


22. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Notable alumni: Danny Zukor, Lila Yacoub, Jim Morris


23. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Notable alumni: Liz Hannah, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra


24. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Notable alumni: Eric Haywood, Caroline Kastelic


25. University of Colorado, Boulder

Notable alumni: Nick Houy, Matt Stone, Trey Parker


The Hollywood Reporter also released the Top 15 International Film Schools. To read the individual profiles, click here.


Academy of Performing Arts School of Film and Television, Hong Kong

Notable alumni: Jevons Au, Roy Chow


Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney

Notable alumni: Phillip Noyce, Cate Shortland, Warwick Thornton, Jane Campion


Busan Asian Film School, Busan, South Korea

Notable alumni: Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk


Beijing Film Academy, Beijing

Notable alumni: Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yimou, Zhao Wei


Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica, Mexico City

Notable alumni: Everardo Gonzalez, Tatiana Huezo


Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome

Notable alumni: Michelangelo Antonioni, Giancarlo Giannini


The Film Academy, Vienna

Notable professors: Michael Hanake, Gotz Spielmann


Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, Moscow

Notable alumni: Anders Banke, Frank Daniel, Aleksandr Petrov


Hochschule fur Film and Fernsehen, Munich

Notable alumni: Roland Emmerich, Maren Ade, Bernd Eichinger


La Femis, Paris

Notable alumni: Alain Resnais, Francois Ozon


Lodz Film School, Lodz, Poland

Notable alumni: Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, Zbigniew Rybczynski


National Film and Television School, Buckinghamshire, England

Notable alumni: Roger Deakins, Lynne Ramsay, Nick Park


RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, Toronto

Notable alumni: Ellen Wong, Hannah Simone


The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem

Notable alumni: Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun, Talya Lavie, Nadav Lapid


Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires

Notable alumni: Damian Szifron, Mariano De Rosa

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