For TheWrap’s second annual ranking of top film schools, we interviewed industry experts and academics and compiled a list of the top 50 schools. Then we asked 1,457 film educators and industry insiders to rank each one in terms of prestige in an online poll in which the schools’ order was randomized for each voter. All votes were anonymous.
The list inevitably compares apples with oranges — some programs are undergrad, some solely for grad students, some for future academics or critics, others for practical filmmaking. But like a director or a studio or an actor, a school has a reputation, and in the court of public opinion, schools really are judged against each other.
In the end, you could throw a dart at the list and hit a school that could make one’s career outlook brighter. For those in Hollywood seeking talent that can make art and money, look no further. Kids from these schools will be running this town one day. Soon.