School of Filmmaking moves up the list of best schools ranked by TheWrap

The School of Filmmaking has been ranked fifth among the Top 50 Film Schools for moviemaking and storytelling in the U.S. by TheWrap in its October issue, up from No. 6 last year, and No. 10 in 2018.

A leading digital news organization serving the business of media and entertainment, TheWrap cites UNCSA’s “low 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio” and notes that its School of Filmmaking “looks like a little Hollywood studio lot, and it really is like one.” The entry continues: “Students collaborate with UNCSA’s top-ranked School of Drama and have access to several soundstages and animation facilities. They benefit from partnerships with RiverRun International Film Festival, Sundance and others.” The article also mentions that UNCSA covers the cost of senior thesis films and that tuition is half the cost of other premier film schools. TheWrap also refers to the School of Filmmaking’s expanded resources in motion-, hand-, and face-capture, effects technologies and game engine integration into filmmaking and mentions the school’s focus on immersive storytelling techniques, which includes collaboration with visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull (“2001,” “Blade Runner,” “The Tree of Life”).

The School of Filmmaking is ranked No. 5 by TheWrap

The recognition of the School of Filmmaking is one of many by industry insider publications in 2020, including being named No. 10 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 25 top film schools in America; one of Top 50 Entertainment Programs Worldwide by Varietyone of Top 8 Film Programs for Aspiring Cinematographers in Backstage; and one of the Top 39 Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada by MovieMaker.

“UNCSA is one of the best filmmaking programs in the world, combining incredible value with the industry expertise and connections of our talented faculty,” said Interim Dean Henry Grillo. "It is no wonder that industry publications like TheWrap and others are putting our school at the top of their lists. I am so proud of the work being done here every day, as we constantly explore the many and varied facets of contemporary visual storytelling and prepare students for this evolving industry.”

TheWrap’s annual ranking of film schools was determined by an anonymous poll of more than 2,000 entertainment industry insiders, educators, deans, filmmakers and film pundits, along with experts tasked with evaluating each school.

The UNCSA School of Filmmaking has trained some of today’s most creative storytellers, including Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Will FilesRebecca GreenBrett Haley, Vera HerbertJeff Nichols, Martha Stephens and Zoë White. The award-winning faculty, including Peter Werner, Bob Keen, Kevin Jones, Joy Goodwin, Stephen Baker, Lauren Vilchik and Thomas Ackerman, ASC, have decades of real-world experience and a passion for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in concentrations that include animation, cinematography, creative producing, directing, film music composition, picture editing and sound design, producing, production design and visual effects, and screenwriting. Industry executives and influential UNCSA alumni engage with students regularly through screenings and guest lectures, and senior thesis films are screened for industry professionals. The film school’s Media and Emerging Technology Lab (METL) is dedicated to the exploration and production of immersive storytelling content.

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October 22, 2020