Best Film Schools in the United States - University Rankings 2021

The United States is the best destination for international students who want to become the next Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, or Quentin Tarantino. There are many prestigious universities and colleges, but which ones are the best for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Film?

Let’s find out by looking at the latest university rankings.

1. U.S. News Rankings 2020: Time-Based Media

Find the full list on the U.S. News website.

2. The Hollywood Reporter: Top American Film Schools 2020

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3. Niche Rankings 2021: Film and Photography

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Student reviews of the best film schools in the US

To learn more about these prestigious film schools, check out a few reviews left by students. You can find similar reviews on many university pages on our portals.

Student reviews of universities on Studyportals' websites

University of California, Los Angeles

“Studying abroad is the best opportunity a student may experience! It allows you to have a broader view of the world. It gets you in touch with any other cultures, and you learn so many things. What I most enjoyed from UCLA was its social life.

Campus activities are very common, and students are always involved in them. I do not see any aspects that could be improved. I have experienced one of my best years in my academic life. It is a new experience, and I have enjoyed all of it.”

Loyola Marymount University

“I loved the small class sizes and the strong relationships I had with faculty and alumni. My network during and after my studies grew significantly, and I was able to utilize these connections for further education and career opportunities.

LMU’s campus is also gorgeous, and the location is at the epicenter of new technology companies, surrounded by affluent neighborhoods that also host amazing learning, internship and post-graduate opportunities. My overall study experience was also great. I was able to apply most of my learning to outside experiences and found my passions in certain areas of our studies.”

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

“It was great! I found a home away from home. As someone who lived in multiple places growing up, I never felt like I belonged anywhere. However, thanks to this community at UMich, I’ve never felt so welcomed and cared for.”

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