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The 25 Best Film Schools in America

Photo of Shipra Gupta By Shipra Gupta | Indiewire July 31, 2014 at 6:01PM

Film school is no longer just an LA-NY thing. The latest ranking of film schools by THR suggests that film education is becoming "less Hollywood-centric."
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The Hollywood Reporter has released the fourth edition of its list of the top 25 film schools in the United States. The list is derived from a survey distributed to the industry guilds, American Cinematheque, Film Independent and finally, the schools in contention.

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According to THR, this year's list, which is based on the results of more than 2,300 responses, has "resulted in a less Hollywood-centric list." Unsurprisingly, the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts (which THR dubs "the uncatchable Moby Dick of film schools") takes the top spot, followed by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at number two and the University of California, Los Angeles at number three. The American Film Institute and California Institute of the Arts round out the top five.

Less Hollywood you say?

Besides the usual suspects -- USC, NYU and AFI -- Columbia University, UT Austin, Wesleyan University, Florida State University, Colorado Film School, Syracuse and UNC appear further down on the list. But it's going to take a couple more years to convince us that Hollywood has lost its hold on film education.

Take a a look at THR's full list and decide for yourself.

Meanwhile, though the film industry is trimming costs left and right, aspiring filmmakers are vying to attend film school -- with applications to Loyola Marymount, for example, tripling in the past year despite the increase in tuition costs. While it's possible for an in-state undergraduate at UCLA to as little as $14,966 for tuition, at some of the top schools on the list, tuition can cost as much as $50,000 -- or even more.

This article is related to: The Hollywood Reporter, USC, USC School of Cinematic Arts, NYU, UCLA, AFI, Syracuse University, UT Austin, UNC, Filmmaker Toolkit: Student Filmmakers





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