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Best Film Schools In America For 2016

Best Film Schools In America For 2016

Best Film Schools In America For 2016

If you are considering a career in film and entertainment, CEOWORLD Magazine just released their list of the best film schools in the United States for 2016, with New York University Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) coming out on top, followed by the American Film Institute (AFI) – located in the heart of the entertainment community in Hollywood.

Tisch School of the Arts ranked No. 1 on our overall list of the “Best Film Schools In America For 2016.” Rounding up the top five was AFI (No. 2), USC School of Cinematic Arts (No. 3), California Institute of the Arts (No. 4), and School of Theater, Film and Television (No. 5). Many notable alumni from these institutes are creating the box office blow-outs of today.

The Best Film Schools In America ranks institutes based on prestige, academics, program diversity, practical experience, unique career opportunities, and access to cutting-edge equipment. The 2016 rankings are based on a survey carried out between January and July 2016. The survey was developed and conducted by the CEOWORLD Magazine and includes responses from more than 28,400 individuals in film and entertainment industry. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 28,400 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. Respondents ranked schools on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being a perfect score. The scores for each school were averaged together and then ranked accordingly. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, non-response and measurement error——that could affect the results.

Best Film Schools In America For 2016 – Top Schools in Entertainment Education:

Well, if you’ve ever dreamed of placing your imagination under lights and in front of a camera, check out these elite film schools. Lights, Camera….

Best Film Schools In America For 2016

1Tisch School of the ArtsNew York CityNew York9.8
2American Film Institute (AFI)Los AngelesCalifornia9.7
3USC School of Cinematic ArtsLos AngelesCalifornia9.4
4California Institute of the ArtsValenciaCalifornia9.3
5UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT)
Los AngelesCalifornia9.1
6Columbia University School of the Arts (SoA)New York CityNew York8.9
7LMU School of Film and TelevisionLos AngelesCalifornia8.8
8Dodge College of Film and Media ArtsOrange CountyCalifornia8.6
9Wesleyan UniversityMiddletownConnecticut8.5
10WEmerson’s Department of Visual and Media ArtsBostonMassachusetts8.4
11University of Texas at AustinAustinTexas8.2
12Stanford UniversityStanfordCalifornia8.1
13Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannahGeorgia8.0
14University of North Carolina School of the ArtsWinston-SalemNorth Carolina7.9
15Columbia College ChicagoChicagoIllinois7.8
16School of Cinema - San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoCalifornia7.6
17Roy H. Park School of Communications - Ithaca CollegeIthacaNew York7.3
18Boston University Department Film & Television, College of CommunicationBostonMassachusetts7.2
19Rhode Island School of DesignProvidenceRhode Island7.0
20Ringling College of Art and DesignSarasotaFlorida6.8
21Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNew York6.7
22Colorado Film School, DenverDenverColorado6.2
23Northwestern University School of CommunicationEvanstonIllinois6.1
24Art Center College of DesignPasadenaCalifornia5.9
25Florida State University College of Motion Picture ArtsTallahasseeFlorida5.6
26Theatre School at DePaul UniversityChicagoIllinois5.5
27New York Film AcademyNew York CityNew York5.4
28School of Visual Arts (SVA)New York CityNew York5.3
29American UniversityWashington, D.C.Washington, D.C.5.2
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1. New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Notable Alumni: Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Angelina Jolie, Martin Scorsese, Kristen Bell, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, James Franco, and Andy Samberg.

2. American Film Institute
Notable Alumni: Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Carl Colpaert, Doug Ellin (Entourage), Todd Field, Jack Fisk, Carl Franklin, Janusz Kamiński, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Victor Nuñez,  Wally Pfister, and Robert Richardson

3. USC School of Cinematic Arts (formerly the USC School of Cinema-Television, or CNTV)

4. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

5. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT)

6. Columbia University School of the Arts (SoA), New York

7. Loyola Marymount’s School of Film and Television ,  Los Angeles

8. Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Calif.


10. Emerson College Visual & Media Arts School, Boston

11. University of Texas, Austin

12. Stanford University

13. Savannah College of Art and Design

14. University of North Carolina School of the Arts

15. Columbia College Chicago

16. San Francisco State University

17. Ithaca College’s film program, housed in the Roy H. Park School of Communications

18. Boston U. Department Film & Television, College of Communication, Boston

19. Rhode Island School of Design

20. Ringling College of Art and Design

21. Syracuse University

22. Colorado Film School, Denver

23. Northwestern U., School of Communication

24. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif

25. Florida State U., College of Motion Picture Arts, Tallahassee

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26. The Theatre School at DePaul University (Goodman School of Drama), Chicago
Notable Alumni: Stana Katic, John C. Reilly, Elizabeth Perkins, Zak Orth, Michael Muhney, Joe Mantegna, Sean Gunn, and Judy Greer

27. New York Film Academy – School of Film and Acting (NYFA)
Notable Alumni: Joshua Leonard, Naya Rivera, Naga Chaitanya (Indian actor), D. B. Woodside, Imran Khan (Indian actor), Analeigh Tipton, Damon Wayans Jr.

28. School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Notable Alumni: Fred Armisen, Ranbir Kapoor (Indian actor), Rahul Khanna (Indian actor), Jared Leto

29. American University, the film and media arts department at American University.

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Editor, Amy Canter

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Amy joined CEOWORLD in September 2011, since joining she has helped push CEOWORLD forward strategically, led external and internal communications and grown CEOWORLD's brand through marketing and events. Amy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin.

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