When looking at the top film schools in the world, there are many factors to consider. Professional faculty, and access to equipment are very important criteria in film school rankings. Reputation, depth and breadth of classes offered, and job prospects after graduation are also critical to any of the best film schools. Here is a comprehensive ranking we have compiled of the best film schools based on these criteria:

Top Film Schools

  1. University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles)
  2. New York University: Kanbar School of Film and Television (New York City)
  3. University of California Los Angeles: School of Theater, Film, and Television (Los Angeles)
  4. Columbia University: School of the Arts (New York City)
  5. California Institute of the Arts: School of Film/Video (Los Angeles)
  6. University of Texas at Austin: College of Communication (Austin)
  7. Boston University: College of Communication (Boston)
  8. Northwestern University: School of Communication (Chicago)
  9. Florida State University: College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee)
  10. San Francisco Art Institute: Department of Film (San Francisco)

Even with this list of factors, you must be careful when looking at film school rankings. If you are looking at making it in Hollywood, some film schools are better than others. If you are looking at breaking into indie films, documentaries, or foreign film, the same is true. Even in stages of production, some schools are better than others. One school may have a great screenwriting program while another specializes in editing and effects. Because of this, we have compiled some rankings for top film schools in a specific area.

Top Ranked Film Schools around Hollywood

  1. University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts
  2. University of California Los Angeles: School of Theater, Film, and Television (Los Angeles)
  3. California Institute of the Arts: School of Film/Video (Los Angeles)
  4. American Film Institute
  5. Loyola Marymount University

Best Ranked Film Schools for Independent Filmmakers

  1. New York University: Kanbar School of Film and Television (New York City)
  2. California Institute of the Arts: School of Film/Video (Los Angeles)
  3. San Francisco Art Institute: Department of Film (San Francisco)
  4. Emerson College: Department of Visual & Media Arts (Boston, Massachusetts)
  5. Florida State University: College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee)

Top Screenwriting Programs

  1. University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles)
  2. University of California Los Angeles: School of Theater, Film, and Television (Los Angeles)
  3. Boston University: College of Communication (Boston)
  4. University of Texas at Austin: College of Communication (Austin)
  5. New York University: Kanbar School of Film and Television (New York City)

Best Editing and Digital Filmmaking Schools

  1. University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles)
  2. University of Texas at Austin: College of Communication (Austin)
  3. Boston University: College of Communication (Boston)
  4. Florida State University: College of Motion Picture Arts (Tallahassee)
  5. New York University: Kanbar School of Film and Television (New York City)