School of Filmmaking - UNCSA

School of Filmmaking

School of Filmmaking

Ranked among the best film schools in the country, the School of Filmmaking at UNCSA knows that you won’t become a filmmaker by sitting in a classroom. In your first two years at UNCSA, you will direct and shoot as many as six digital films as you take hands-on courses in every facet of modern film production. Then you’ll choose a concentration — directing, producing, editing, animation and more — and collaborate with classmates on ambitious 16-mm shorts submitted to film festivals around the world. Your senior year, you’ll travel from our own Studio Village — state-of-the-art sound stages and animation studios — to Los Angeles to screen your films for industry executives and influential UNCSA alumni. The goal is to become a “complete” filmmaker — an experienced storyteller skilled in all components of the film arts.


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Welcome from Dean Susan Ruskin
Susan Ruskin

Susan Ruskin is a producer and executive who began her film career in development for George Lucas’ LucasFilm. She was head of development for Robert Stigwood at RSO before she went on to associate produce "Woman in Red" for Orion and Gene Wilder. She then became President of Production for Pal-Mel Productions. She also produced "Haunted Honeymoon" with Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder and Jonathan Pryce. As head of production, Susan worked on the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movie "See No Evil", "Hear No Evil", and "Another You" among others. Ruskin went on to become President of Production for Middle Fork making "Anaconda" for Columbia Pictures starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson and Jon Voight.

Latest Headlines
UNCSA one of Top 25 Best Film Schools

The Hollywood Reporter has ranked the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts the #14 film school in the nation for 2015. To assemble the list, the magazine toured campuses, met with deans and educators, talked to academic and industry experts and observers and interviewed scores of alums.

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Brian James O'Connell talks comedy and terror

Slug Magazine interviewed Director and UNCSA alum Brian James O'Connell about the film "Bloodsucking Bastards" - part comedy, part horror - that debuted recently at this year's Slamdance Film Festival. O'Connell cites his upbringing in rural North Carolina and time at UNCSA as sources of inspiration.

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School of Filmmaking adding Master of Fine Arts concentrations for the 2016-17 school year

Starting in Fall 2016, the School of Filmmaking will offer a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking. The two-year MFA program will offer concentrations in creative producing and screenwriting, in addition to the existing MFA concentration in film music composition.

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Industry Connections

The School of Filmmaking has alumni connections in the film industry in all areas of filmmaking. Our graduates are represented at all levels in studios and agencies and in film and television across the country.

Alumni Stories
From the small screen to the silver screen, our alumni do amazing things.
School of Filmmaking News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Filmmaking through these features and news stories.
School of Filmmaking Events
Screenings and events showcasing the next generation of talent in filmmaking.