Top 11 Great Film Schools In The United States


Top 11 Great Film Schools In The United States
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Although most major universities might offer a couple courses on film or even a major, most of the film makers in Hollywood go to a select few film schools that have great reputations for film making. Some of these schools are solely focused on films, while others are part of a larger program. Here are 11 of the best.

11. New York Film Academy, New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA

Founded by producer Jerry Sherlock of The Hunt for Red October fame in 1992, the New York Film Academy has grown into a prestigious film and acting school with campuses in Los Angeles and New York City, alongside international locations.

The Academy’s film school in Los Angeles offers a range of distinguished degree programs that include AFA, BFA, and MFA tracks in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Producing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Documentary Filmmaking in addition to degree programs in Photography, Animation, and Game Design. The school’s philosophy of “learning by doing” translates into students finding themselves in front of and behind the camera from day one in addition to in-class lectures and intensive workshops.

New York Film Academy students receive extensive hands-on experience in writing, directing, and editing their own films in addition to serving as crew members on fellow students’ projects, preparing them to enter the industry immediately upon graduating.

Notable Faculty: Lynda Goodfriend (actress on Happy Days), Louis Gossett Jr., Bill Duke, Adam Nimoy, Heather Hach-Hearne (writer of Freaky Friday), Leander Sales (editor on Get on the Bus).

Notable Alumni: Muhammad Hamdy (cinematographer on The Square), actress Naya Rivera, Lisa Cortes (co-producer of Precious), Aubrey Plaza, Shaq, actress Camilla Luddington, actress Analeigh Tipton, Michael Staininger (director of The Tomb).