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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Top Film Schools, The Hollywood Reporter
Nation's Top Film Schools, TheWrap
Deborah LaVine, Dean of Filmmaking
Deborah LaVine

Independent filmmaker and educator Deborah LaVine joined UNCSA as Dean of the School of Filmmaking in July 2021, overseeing the school's undergraduate and graduate programs, and serving on the advisory board for the UNCSA Media + Emerging Technology Lab (METL). A working filmmaker, LaVine has directed numerous award-winning short films, along with feature film "Wild Prairie Rose" and a multitude of theatrical productions.

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School of Filmmaking videos explore the behind the scenes work of students who bring UNCSA films to life, along with profiles of alumni working in the industry.

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