List of film schools in the United States

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In the United States, there are numerous institutions both public and private dedicated to teaching film either as a department in a larger university, or as a stand alone entity. Colleges offering film degrees as part of their arts or communications curriculum differ from colleges with a dedicated film program, which offer degrees in multiple aspects of film making such as theory, directing, cinematography, and screenwriting.

There is also a distinction between film programs in private colleges and art schools, and purely for-profit institutions.

Active institutions[edit]

School Parent University City State Control Type Degree Completions[1] Founded
Film & Digital Media Production University of North Alabama Florence Alabama Public Master's university 25[2] [3]
School of Theatre and Film Arizona State University Tempe Arizona Public Doctorate Granting University 4[4] 2005[5]
School of Film, Video and Visual Effects Collins College (Phoenix) Phoenix Arizona Private
(for-profit)
Baccalaureate college 146[6][7] 1978[8]
Jack and Vivian Hanson Arizona Film Institute University of Arizona Tucson Arizona Public Doctorate Granting University 85[9][10] 2002[11]
Zaki Gordon Institute Yavapai College Sedona Arizona Public Associates colleges 24[10] 2000[12]
Mass Communication and Theatre University of Central Arkansas Conway Arkansas Public Masters Universities 27[13][14] [15]
Multimedia Technology Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden Arkansas Public Associates colleges 33[16] [17]
School of Motion Pictures and Television Academy of Art University San Francisco California Private Master's university 172[18][19] 2004[20]
American Film Institute Conservatory N/A Los Angeles California Private Special Focus Institutions 111[21][22] 1969[23]
Film Studies Art Center College of Design Pasadena California Private Master's university 30[22][24] 1973[25]
Berkeley Digital Film Institute N/A Berkeley California Private
(for-profit)
Associates colleges Unknown 2007[26]
School of Film Brooks Institute of Photography Santa Barbara California Private
(for-profit)
Master's university Unknown 1955[27]
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Chapman University Orange California Private Master's university 142[28][29] 1996[30]
Film Program California College of the Arts Oakland, San Francisco California Private Baccalaureate college 13[31] [32]
School of Film/Video California Institute of the Arts Valencia California Private Master's university 96[33][34] 1971[35]
Cal State LA Studios California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles California Public Baccalaureate college 88[36] [37]
Radio-TV-Film California State University, Fullerton Fullerton California Public Baccalaureate college 173[38] 1989[39]
Department of Film and Electronic Arts California State University, Long Beach Long Beach California Public Baccalaureate college 113[40] 1982[39]
Department of Cinema and Television Arts California State University, Northridge Northridge California Public Baccalaureate college 354[41] 1983[39]
Columbia College Hollywood N/A Tarzana California Private Baccalaureate college 62[42][43] 1953[44]
Global Cinematography Institute N/A Los Angeles California Private Special Focus Institutions Unknown 2012
Los Angeles Film School N/A Hollywood California Private
(for-profit)
Associates college 321[45] 1999[46]
Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles California Private Master's university 57[47] 2003[48]
New York Film Academy, Universal Studios New York Film Academy Universal City California Private Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Associates colleges
[49] 1992[49]
School of Theatre, Television and Film San Diego State University San Diego California Public Baccalaureate college
School of Studio Practice (film) San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco California Private Master's university 18[50] 1947[51][52]
Cinema Department at San Francisco State University San Francisco State University San Francisco California Public Master's university 194[53] 1965[51][54]
Department of Tv, Radio, Film & Theatre San Jose State University San Jose California Public Baccalaureate college 61[55] [56]
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California Public Doctorate Granting university 130[57][58] 1939[59][60]
USC School of Cinematic Arts University of Southern California Los Angeles California Private Doctorate Granting university 379[61][62] 1929[63]
Colorado Film School[64] Community College of Aurora Aurora Colorado Public Associate's college unknown 1990s
Film Studies Program University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder Colorado Public Doctorate Granting University 95[65] 1972[66]
FTMA Sacred Heart University Stamford Connecticut Private Master's university 2013
Center for Film Studies Wesleyan University Middletown Connecticut Private Baccalaureate college 30[67] 2004[68]
Film and Media Arts Studies American University Washington D.C. District of Columbia Private Master's university 90[69][70] 1984[71]
Film and Media Arts Howard University Washington D.C. District of Columbia Private Master's university 79[72][73] 1971[74]
FSU College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida Florida Public Doctorate Granting University 54[75][76] 1989[77]
Full Sail University N/A Winter Park Florida Private
(for-profit)
Baccalaureate college 713[78] 1979[79]
Digital Filmmaking Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota Florida Private Baccalaureate college 68[80] 2007[81]
Film Program University of Central Florida Orlando Florida Public Master's university 89[82] [83]
Motion Picture Program University of Miami Miami Florida Private Master's university 99[84] 1974[85][86]
Online Film Making Institute East Coast Film Institute Miami Florida Private Professional Certificate 3 2010
School of Digital Motion Picture Production Prince of Prestige Academy Orlando Florida Private Professional Diploma 11 2005
School of Film, Digital Media and Performing Arts Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah Georgia Private Master's university 172[87][88] 1978[89]
Film & Video Department Columbia College Chicago Illinois Private Master's university 445[90][91] 1961[92]
School of Cinema and Interactive Media DePaul University Chicago Illinois Private Master's university 76[91][93] 2008[94]
Department of Radio, Television + Film Northwestern University Evanston Illinois Private Master's university 68[95][96] 1981[97]
Film, Video, New Media, and Animation School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Illinois Private Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Unknown 1967
Department of Cinema and Photography Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale Illinois Public Master's university 75[98] [99]
Film + Broadcast Department Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy Chicago Illinois Private Associates colleges [100] 2007[100]
Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa Public Doctorate Granting university 58[101] [102]
Department of Electronic Media and Film Towson University Towson Maryland Public Baccalaureate college 121[103] 1981[104][105]
Department of Film & Television Boston University Boston Massachusetts Private Master's university 208[106][107] 1947[108][109]
Visual and Media Arts Emerson College Boston Massachusetts Private Master's university 368[110][111] 1972[112]
Film/Video Fitchburg State University Fitchburg Massachusetts Public Baccalaureate college 56[113] [114]
Department of film/video Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston Massachusetts Public Master's university
Baccalaureate college
79[115][116] 1977
Film and Video Production[117] Grand Valley State University Allendale Michigan Public Baccalaureate college unknown unknown
Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead Minnesota Public Baccalaureate college 26[118] [119]
Department of Media, Journalism & Film Missouri State University Springfield Missouri Public Master's university 67[120] [121]
Film Production and Film Studies Webster University Saint Louis Missouri Private Baccalaureate college 38[122] [123]
School of Film and Photography Montana State University Bozeman Montana Public Master's university 103[124][125] 1960[126]
'Film and New Media, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film'[127] University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln Nebraska Public Doctorate Granting University unknown 1999
The Film School Santa Fe University of Art and Design Santa Fe New Mexico Private
(for-profit)
Baccalaureate college 36[128] [129]
Television and Film Arts Buffalo State College Buffalo New York Public
Film Programs City University of New York colleges with Film Programs New York City New York Public Master's university
Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Associates colleges
130[130]


18[130]
59[130]
34[131]

varies
Film Division Columbia University School of the Arts New York City New York Private Master's university 83[132] 1965[133]
Film Program Cornell University Ithaca New York Private Doctorate Granting university 9[134] 1970[135]
Radio, Television, Film Hofstra University Hempstead New York Private Baccalaureate college 120[136] [137]
Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts Ithaca College Ithaca New York Private Master's university 90[138] 1980[139]
Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management Long Island University Brookville New York Private Doctorate Granting university [140] [141]
New York Film Academy New York Film Academy New York New York Private Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Associates colleges
[49] 1992[49]
School of Film and Animation[142] Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester New York Private (non-profit) Master's Colleges and Universities (Master's L) 56 1981
Film School Piedmont Community College Yanceyville North Carolina Public Associates colleges 24 1994
Department of Media Studies University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro North Carolina Public Doctorate Granting University 79[143][144] 1977
School of Stage & Screen/Film & Television Program Western Carolina University Cullowhee North Carolina Public Bachelor of Fine Arts 125 2007
Ohio University Film[145] Ohio University Athens Ohio Public Doctorate Granting University unknown unknown
Moving Image Arts Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City Oklahoma Private Master's university [146] [147]
Film and Video Production Filmtech Philadelphia Pennsylvania Private Professional certificate unknown[148]
Radio, TV, Film & Performing Arts Building University of North Texas Denton Texas Public Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Associates colleges
Doctorate Granting University
University of Texas at Austin College of Communication/University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film University of Texas Austin Texas Public Master's university
Baccalaureate college
Associates colleges
Doctorate Granting University
VCUarts Cinema[149] Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Virginia Public Baccalaureate college unknown unknown
TheFilmSchool TheFilmSchool Seattle Washington (state) Private Special Focus Institutions Unknown 2004[150]
Digital Film Academy N/A New York City New York Private One Year Certificate [151] 2001[152]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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