School of Filmmaking

School of Filmmaking

Ranked among the best film schools in the country, the filmmaking school at UNCSA knows that you won’t become a filmmaker by just sitting in a classroom. In your first two years at UNCSA, you will direct and shoot numerous digital projects as you take hands-on courses in every facet of modern film production. Then you’ll choose a concentration—animation, cinematography, directing, editing & sound design, producing, production design, or screenwriting—and collaborate with classmates on original short films, submitted to festivals around the world.

As a filmmaking student, you’ll be taught by and be able to network with industry professionals—those on faculty and visiting guest artists. You will learn industry standards and protocol, and practice your craft on state-of-the-art sound stages and studios with professional equipment. Every spring, you will have the opportunity to attend screenings at RiverRun International Film Festival, which we co-host on our campus. Your senior year, you’ll travel to Los Angeles with faculty mentors from your concentration to screen your films for industry executives and influential UNCSA alumni. The goal of our conservatory is for you to become a “complete” filmmaker—an experienced storyteller skilled in all facets of the moving image arts.


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Welcome from Dean Susan Ruskin
Susan Ruskin

Prior to becoming Dean at UNCSA in 2013, Susan Ruskin was a Production Executive and a Producer in the film industry. Susan’s primary mission at UNCSA has been to design a curriculum that teaches students every facet of the filmmaking process from concept and production through marketing and distribution. While the undergrad film program is focused on shorter form, in 2015, Dean Ruskin created the Masters of Fine Arts film program for Creative Producers and Screenwriters to teach students how to write or produce feature length scripts with emphasis on the crucial entrepreneurial skills necessary to make projects happen. The Media & Emerging Technology Lab is Dean Ruskin’s response to the new advances in technology which are generating new possibilities for storytelling, particularly in immersive.

School of Filmmaking Events
Screenings and events showcasing the next generation of talent in filmmaking.