Top 25 Film Schools (according to the Hollywood Reporter 2015)
 

1. University of Southern California
http://cinema.usc.edu
     Notable Alumni: Ron Howard, Jon Landau, George Lucas, Judd Apatow, Stacey Sher, Doug Liman, Neal Moritz, Jason Reitman, Bryan Singer, John Wells

 

2. New York University
http://www.tisch.nyu.edu
     Notable Alumni: Joel Coen, Charlie Kaufman, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Joel Cohen, Chris Columbus, Steve McQueen, M. Night Shyamalan

 

3. American Film Institute
http://www.afi.com
     Notable Alumni: Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Paul Schrader, cinematographer Janusz Kaminiski, producer Anne Garefino (South Park)

 

4. University of California, Los Angeles
http://www.tft.ucla.edu
     Notable Alumni: Dustin Lance Black, Shane Black, Tim Robbins, George Takei, Alexander Payne, Tim Robbins, Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Jack Black, David Koepp, Mike Medavoy, Rob Reiner, Darren Star

 

5. California Institute of the Arts
http://www.calarts.edu
     Notable Alumni: Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, director Chris Buck (Frozen), director Don Hall (Big Hero 6), director Pete Docter (Inside Out)

 

6. Columbia University
http://www.arts.columbia.edu
     Notable Alumni: Lisa Cholodenko, Writers Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph), Simon Kinberg (This Means War), and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), director Greg Mottola (Superbad), director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), writer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), Kimberly Peirce

 

7. Chapman University
http://www.chapman.edu
     Notable Alumni: Actor Ben York Jones (Like Crazy), Comedy Central development executive Adam Londy, 20th Century Fox executive director of global promotions Cynthia Pascoe, producer Darren Bunkley (The Amazing Race), editor Rebekah Parmer (Masters of Sex), director Justin Simien (Dear White People)

 

8. Loyola Marymount University
http://www.sftv.lmu.edu
     Notable Alumni: Writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games sequels), writer-producer David Mirkin (The Simpsons), Ninjago co-writers Dan and Kevin Hageman, franchise producer Barbara Broccoli (James Bond), writer-producer James Wong (American Horror Story)

 

9. Wesleyan University
http://www.wesleyan.edu
     Notable Alumni: Matthew Weiner, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, Benh Zeitlin, Akiva Goldsman, Dana Delaney, Toby Emmerich, Alex Kurtzman, Zak Penn

 

10. Emerson College
http://www.emerson.edu
     Notable Alumni: Creator Max Mutchnik (Will & Grace), Henry Winkler, executive producer Harris Wittels (Parks and Recreation), Denis Leary, Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, New Regency producer Pam Abdy, Dreamworks president of production Holly Bario, Sony executive vice president of production Andrea Giannetti

 

11. University of Texas at Austin
http://rtf.utexas.edu
     Notable Alumni: Matthew McConaughey, Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith, Arrested Development director Lev Spiro, writer-director Michael Zinberg (The Bob Newhart Show, Quantum Leap), Robert Rodriguez

 

12. Boston University
http://www.bu.edu
     Notable Alumni: Producer Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon), producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), producer Debbie Liebling (Comedy Central/South Park), Howard Stern, Nina Tassler

 

13. Stanford University
https://art.stanford.edu
     Notable Alumni: Actual Films producers and documentarians Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

 

14. University of North Carolina School of Arts
http://www.uncsa.edu
     Notable Alumni: Travis Beacham, director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), Will Patton, Paul Schneider, Tom Hulce, Dane DeHaan, Danny McBride

 

15. Savannah College of Art and Design
http://www.scad.edu
     Notable Alumni: Visual effects artists Nickson Fong (Control) and Steve LaVietes (Alice in Wonderland), Nickson Fong, Steve LaVietes, producer Jett Steiger (In a World)

 

16. Columbia College Chicago
http://www.colum.edu
     Notable Alumni: Actor Scott Adsit (30 Rock), actress Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), rapper-actor Common, cinematographer Michael Goi, TV and film producer Robert Teitel, director George Tillman Jr., documentary producer Diane Weyermann, producer Paul Garnes (Selma), Janusz Kaminski

 

17. Ringling College of Art and Design
http://www.ringling.edu
     Notable Alumni: Editor-director Jason Letkiewicz (I’m Positive), Michelle Phan 

 

18. Rhode Island School of Design
http://www.risd.edu
     Notable Alumni: Cinematographer Robert Richardson (Hugo), director Gus Van Sant, animation artist Caleb Wood, Martha Coolidge, Seth MacFarlane

 

19. San Francisco State University
http://cinema.sfsu.edu
     Notable Alumni: Steve Zaillian, producer Jonas Rivera (Up)

 

20. Syracuse University
http://vpa.syr.edu
     Notable Alumni: Producer Thom Oliphant, director Jong-chan Yoon (My Paparotti), writer Rob Edwards, Pixar president Jim Morris

 

21. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
http://www.artcenter.edu
     Notable Alumni: Cinematographer Larry Fong, director Tarsem Singh

 

22. Florida State University
http://www.film.fsu.edu
     Notable Alumni: Marvel senior vp production and development Stephen Broussard, Participant Media executive vp production Jonathan King, Alan Ball, actress Kelsey Scott (12 Years A Slave), director Wes Ball (Maze Runner)

 

23. Northwestern University
http://www.communication.northwestern.edu
     Notable Alumni: Sherry Lansing, Stephen Colbert, Charlton Heston, Zach Braff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Gunn, Warren Beatty, producer Ken Kamins (the Hobbit films)

 

24. Colorado Film School
http://www.coloradofilmschool.net
     Notable Alumni: Postproduction technician Aaron Kroger (Total Recall, The Avengers), Director Bradley King

 

25. Ithica College
http://www.ithaca.edu
     Notable Alumni: Producer Bill Carrao (Terminator Genisys), Robert Iger


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