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The 40 Best Film Schools In The U.S. and Canada 2019

The 40 Best Film Schools In The U.S. and Canada 2019

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University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles, CA) – Extensive Exceptional Training

A stone’s throw from the film industry, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts gets more than just your foot in the door. Rated as one of the top schools for film in the world, it prides itself on getting its students doing while backing it all up with theorizing. Its heritage is outstanding. Established in 1929 in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it’s the oldest and largest film school in the United States.

Facilities and equipment are gold standard. The new main complex features sound stages, animation facilities, post-production suites, mixing theaters, digital classrooms, and screening rooms that seat up to 200 people. The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts provides even more production space, as well as advanced technologies such as motion capture suites and the university’s own television service that provides daily programming to millions in the city as well as to certain national and international outlets.

The school offers five BAs and two BFAs featuring 128 diverse units including Motion Picture Script Analysis, Lateral Thinking for Filmmaking Practice, Non-Fiction Film and Television, Writing for Animation and The Production and Post-Production Assistant. All bases are covered.

It has a raft of famous graduates, including Ron Howard, John Carpenter, and George Lucas. The Force is strong here.

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Illustration by Faye Rogers

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  1. Tom Peterson says:

    Surprisingly, the Olympic College Film School (Bremerton, WA), a comprehensive accredited program with two and four-year options, with an outstanding faculty, new facilities designed just for the film school, new technology with a focus on Digital Filmmaking, access to Seattle-based companies, and the lowest four-year tuition around (less than $35,000) was missed.

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