CalArts Among The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 American Film Schools

Mariana Yavanovich BFA-2 Character Animation | Photo by Rafael Hernandez

The Hollywood Reporter recently released its list of 2018's Top 25 American Film Schools, and CalArts' School of Film/Video has once again earned a place among elite schools, ranking seventh.

To create THR's annual list, magazine representatives toured campuses, met with deans and faculty, evaluated the quality of school facilities, and interviewed alumni and industry experts. Multiple factors—including "prestige, practical experience, inspirational teachers, alumni achievements, potential career connections and access to cutting-edge equipment"— are all essential factors to the ranking.

What THR says about the School of Film/Video:

Not surprisingly, the school 
Walt Disney built is killing it in animation. This year, Adrian Molina ('06) won an Oscar for 
co-directing Coco, while Glen Keane ('74) won best animated 
short for Dear Basketball. Brad Bird ('76) crossed $1 billion at the box office with Incredibles 2, while Hotel Transylvania 3, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky ('92), grossed $340 million worldwide. But of course there's more to the cinematic arts than cartoons, which is why the school continues to push resources into its live-action and cinematography courses, with recent technical upgrades including new digital cameras and boosted network storage. "I had never been in such a creative place," says Andrew Ahn ('11), whose film Spa Night won the 2017 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. "My brain felt like it was rewiring."

Below is the complete list of the top 25 film schools:

  1. University of Southern California
  2. New York University
  3. American Film Institute
  4. University of California, Los Angeles
  5. Colombia University
  6. Chapman University
  7. California Institute of the Arts
  8. Loyola Marymount University
  9. Wesleyan University
  10. Emerson College
  11. University of Texas, Austin
  12. Stanford University
  13. DePaul University
  14. Boston University
  15. Ringling College of Art & Design
  16. Savannah College of Art and Design
  17. Rhode Island School of Design
  18. Columbia College Chicago
  19. Florida State University
  20. ArtCenter College of Design
  21. San Francisco State University
  22. Syracuse University
  23. Pratt University
  24. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  25. University of Colorado

- Daniel Loyola

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