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By Sabel Harris

Head of Marketing | 03.09.2017

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As we are coming off of the Oscars and now that we are not too far behind the summer movie releases, we have the film industry pervading our minds.

But where does it all begin? Where do all of these actors and actresses start to then make it into one of these major film feats? Where do the superstars go to learn about the industry? What are the top schools that produce some of the acclaimed filmmakers, directors, producers, animators, actors, and actresses?

We dove in to find the top film schools across the nation at each state and after looking at several data points we found some surprising schools that you wouldn’t necessarily think of first.

We know there isn’t a perfect formula and going to one of these film schools won’t guarantee that you make it to the big leagues with an Oscar win or producing a box office hit. But maybe, attending one of these schools can set you on the right path with a good network, alumni connections, and important lessons from an all-star faculty.

Here’s who made the list….

  1. Alabama — Birmingham Southern College
  2. Alaska — University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  3. Arizona — Arizona State University
  4. Arkansas — University of Arkansas
  5. California — University of Southern California
  6. Colorado — Colorado Film School
  7. Connecticut — Yale University
  8. Delaware — Wilmington University
  9. District of Columbia — American University
  10. Florida — Florida State University
  11. Georgia — Savannah College of Art and Design
  12. Hawaii — University of Hawaii
  13. Idaho — Boise State University
  14. Illinois — Columbia College Chicago
  15. Indiana — Purdue University
  16. Iowa — University of Iowa
  17. Kansas — University of Kansas
  18. Kentucky — University of Kentucky
  19. Louisiana — Louisiana State University
  20. Maine — Maine College of Art
  21. Maryland — Maryland Institute College of Art
  22. Massachusetts — Emerson College
  23. Michigan — University of Michigan
  24. Minnesota — University of Minnesota
  25. Mississippi — The University of Southern Mississippi
  26. Missouri — Washington University in St. Louis
  27. Montana — University of Montana
  28. Nebraska — University of Nebraska
  29. Nevada — University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  30. New Hampshire — Dartmouth College
  31. New Jersey — Montclair State University
  32. New Mexico — Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  33. New York — New York University
  34. North Carolina — University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  35. North Dakota — Minot State University
  36. Ohio — Ohio University
  37. Oklahoma — University of Oklahoma, Norman
  38. Oregon — Portland State University
  39. Pennsylvania — Temple University
  40. Rhode Island — Rhode Island School of Design
  41. South Carolina — University of South Carolina
  42. South Dakota — University of South Dakota
  43. Tennessee — University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  44. Texas — University of Texas, Austin
  45. Utah — The University of Utah
  46. Vermont — Middlebury College
  47. Virginia — Virginia Commonwealth University
  48. Washington — Eastern Washington University
  49. West Virginia — West Virginia University
  50. Wisconsin — University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  51. Wyoming — University of Wyoming


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