TheWrap’s Top 5 Film Schools of 2021

USC regained the top spot in our annual ranking, while Emerson crashed the top 10 and other powerhouse schools slipped

TheWrap’s sixth annual ranking of film schools was assembled through an anonymous poll of more than 1,200 entertainment-industry insiders, educators, deans, filmmakers and film pundits, along with experts tasked with evaluating each school. (And yes, our poll has ways to ferret out and account for attempted ballot-stuffing, which does happen on occasion.)

This year, USC regained the No. 1 spot it had lost in 2020, while Emerson crashed the Top 10, Wesleyan and Stanford took double-digit jumps and a few perennial powers fell slightly. Those jumps meant that Stanford returned to the Top 20 after two years outside it, while Wesleyan joined Cal State, Northridge in making the Top 20 for the first time.

As always, it’s important to note that ranking film schools is an inherently flawed proposition. We’re comparing graduate programs with undergraduate ones and putting huge schools up against small ones. A student perusing this list may well find the perfect match in the 40s rather than the Top 10 — and with the entertainment industry in turmoil, who knows which of these schools will have the key to prepare students for the stormy times ahead?

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1. University of Southern California
There are movie studios that wish they had the filmmaking resources of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and no film school can rival its impact on the industry. In fact, it’s part of Hollywood — if you can make it through SCA’s brutal Darwinian microcosm, you’ll be equipped to do battle in the larger movie world. Its First Jobs Program claims to have nabbed employment for more than 800 grads, and USC ruled this year’s Student Academy Awards with four winners, plus hogged all but two Western regional honors in the DGA Student Film Awards. In response to COVID, incoming Chair of Production Gail Katz’s team created Making Virtual Production: An SCA Faculty Demonstration, a step-by-step tutorial on producing TV and film virtually.

Innovating to make on-set production safer, SCA’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) partnered with Universal, Warner Bros., Amazon and others on The Ripple Effect, using tech throughout preproduction to minimize the amount of time and people on set. Games are increasingly overtaking film in job opportunities, and the Princeton Review has ranked SCA’s game-design program No. 1 for a decade. USC Games Expo is Earth’s biggest university-sponsored gaming and esports event, and its Gerald A. Lawson Endowment Fund, financed partly by Take-Two Interactive Software and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios, supports Black and Indigenous students interested in game design.

So what’s the downside? USC made headlines with recent scandals and several student suicides. It wasn’t SCA’s fault, but it couldn’t help but besmirch the USC brand. And SCA is notorious for being much nicer to its successful grads. But you know what? So is Hollywood.

2. AFI Conservatory
Small, elite AFI and gargantuan, elite USC perpetually duel for top honors on best-film-school lists — last year AFI came out on top here — and the fact is that the David to USC’s Goliath actually does just fine in bridging the gap between the academy and the industry. AFI grads have earned more than 140 Oscar honors, including nine nominations and two honorary Oscars since 2016, and 98 Emmy nominations with 14 wins. No other school has swept the Student Academy Awards twice. Thesis films have copped 10 Oscar noms and two shiny gold men. AFI cinematographers earned 34 Oscar nominations and seven wins. This year’s CODA scored grad Sian Heder the top audience and jury prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and $25 million from Apple TV+. Most first- and second-year students are women, and almost half are people of color. New dean Susan Ruskin, who previously put the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on the national cinematic map, called AFI “a community that feels like a family.” You’ll be seated at a long family table that includes grads David Lynch, Carl Franklin, Patty Jenkins, Ed Zwick, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, Julie Dash and Paul Schrader.

3. New York University
Sure, NYU’s film program (now Tisch School of the Arts’ Kanbar Institute of Film and Television) brought you Cannes jury president (now NYU prof) Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Joel Coen, Chris Columbus, Morgan Spurlock, Ryan Fleck (“Captain Marvel”), cinematographer Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther”), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), Damon Lindelof (“Watchmen”) and “Pulp Fiction” editor Sally Menke. But what have they done for us lately? Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” joins his tingly billion-dollar franchise. “Nomadland” made alum Chloé Zhao the first woman of color, first Chinese woman and second woman ever to win an Oscar for Best Director (plus Best Picture and Frances McDormand’s Best Actress win), plus Golden Globes for director and picture. Nia DaCosta, the first Black woman to direct a Marvel film (“Captain Marvel 2”), rebooted “Candyman.” At the Emmys, 66 Tisch alumni got 64 nominations. At Tribeca Film Festival, there were 138 NYU alumni with 58 projects.

4. Chapman University
Plenty of schools gave the pandemic lip service, but Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts recently spent $4 million upgrading classrooms and $750,000 on COVID protections, compliance supervisors and a full-time COVID officer. The better to sustain Dodge’s run of good fortune — after years getting less than its due thanks to its Orange County location, it’s blossomed (and shot up in several film-school rankings) under dean Stephen Galloway, ex-Hollywood Reporter executive editor and longtime expert in mentoring programs. Stacey Abrams, Eva Longoria, Dana Walden, Samantha Bee and Jennifer Salke talked to students, and trustee-professor Scott Feinberg ran master classes with Bong Joon Ho, Ted Sarandos, Lena Waithe, Pete Doctor and Bryan Cranston. Those classes are open to students at historically Black colleges in a program with Morehouse College. Dodge’s multimillion-dollar virtual production studio is in the works, starting with the new LED wall where students shoot in an environment worthy of “The Mandalorian.” Over the past year and a half, Dodge has hired 25 part-time professors of color and increased the number of full-time Black professors from one to four.

5. CalArts
CalArts’ School of Film/Video, enriched by its multi-art school context, has programs in film/video production, directing and character and experimental animation. Its Hollywood rep rests on the 900-pound gorillas it unleashed on animation: Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Henry Selick, Rich Moore and Pete Docter, head of Disney’s Pixar Animation, who collected his ninth Oscar nomination and third win this year for “Soul.” Grad Tariq Tapa said CalArts taught him “to think 10 moves in advance when staging action for the camera.” It moves careers right along: Stop-motion animator Kirsten Lepore won SXSW and Slamdance prizes; landed clients from Google to Facebook; directed an Emmy-winning Cartoon Network episode of “Adventure Time”; and co-directed (with Lena Dunham) the Planned Parenthood animated short “100 Years,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Constance Wu. Grad Daron Nefcy zoomed from Cartoon Network’s “MAD” (“I got to make my own mini-films!”) to Nickelodeon to a full-time gig at Disney’s “Star.” “I think the reason so many alumni are running shows is that all animation students at CalArts have to make their own films every year,” Nefcy said. “Producing a TV show is like making a bunch of mini CalArts films. You graduate with four films and, of course, your final film is much better than the first.”

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