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. As a student, you will have one-of-a-kind opportunities like working with the RiverRun International Film Festival, with some screenings held right here on campus. 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
Taking Over the ACE Student Awards

For the first time, one school swept the finalist nominees for the award. Not a school in New York or LA, but University of North Carolina, School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.


HBO announces projects with ties to UNCSA

HBO is adding a new show created by UNC School of the Arts alumni to its schedule this summer.


Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols on keeping science fiction real

Born in Arkansas, writer-director Jeff Nichols came out of the same film program as David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Craig Zobel, Tim Orr, and Paul Schneider, all of whom graduated within a few years of each other from the University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts.

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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.
Filmmaking News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Filmmaking through these features and news stories.