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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Nation's Top Film Schools, TheWrap
Top Film Schools, The Hollywood Reporter
Top Film Music Composition Programs, The Hollywood Reporter
Dale Pollock, Interim Dean of Filmmaking
Dale Pollock

Interim Dean Dale Pollock joined the Filmmaking faculty in 2006, after serving as dean for seven years. He has previously taught Cinema Studies on the undergraduate level, as well as at the graduate level in the Creative Producing, Screenwriting and Film Music Composition M.F.A. programs. He is the inaugural recipient of an endowed professorship established in his name in the School of Filmmaking. He also holds the titles of Distinguished Scholar and Faculty Emeritus.

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