The two-year, Royal College of Art-validated M.A. program offers degrees in 13 different courses, and the school is the only one in the U.K. with its own film and television
studios.

Claim to fame: This year, NFTS student films won all three Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television awards.

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New York U. -- Tisch School of the Arts
New York

Tisch is famed for its MBA/MFA program, which has churned out several Oscar winners. Graduate students can pursue degrees in filmmaking, producing, and animation and digital arts.

Claim to fame: Ang Lee, Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese are all alums.

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Northwestern U.
Evanston, Ill.

Northwestern's film, television and radio program is integrated into its school of communications and boasts the influential Northwestern U. Entertainment Alliance alumni program.

Claim to fame: Alums include Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Seth Meyers.

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Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts
Aqaba, Jordan

Inaugurated in 2008, RSICA provides the first and only MFA program in cinematic arts for the Middle East and North Africa region.

Claim to fame: Head of RSICA sound department Baha Othman was part of the sound team on "The Hurt Locker."

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U. of California, Los Angeles