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 Interim Dean Henry Grillo
Susan Ruskin

Interim Dean Henry Grillo has four decades of experience in teaching and in higher education administration. In the School of Filmmaking, he has initiated new graduate programs, including a collaborative gaming program with North Carolina State University; created the Interdisciplinary Film Production program for students who pursue degrees outside the school’s eight established concentrations; and provided infrastructure for a 42 percent increase in enrollment over a decade.

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