Los Angeles

The prestigious MFA program allows actors, directors and playwrights to work together. UCLA also grants doctorates in theater and performances studies, as well as cinema & media studies.

Claim to fame: Directors Francis Ford Coppola and Alexander Payne are grads.

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U. of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Offers MFAs in film music composition and BA programs in animation, art direction, cinematography, directing, editing and sound, producing and screenwriting.

Claim to fame: Thirty-five alums were represented at 2013's Sundance.

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U. of Southern California
Los Angeles

The oldest film school in the country boasts grads such as Robert Zemeckis and George Lucas, and has notoriously selective admissions.

Claim to fame: Alums have collectively made $7 billion in films.

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U. of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Two-year screenwriting MFA program admits seven students per year; the three-year film production MFA program admits 12.

Claim to fame: MFA grad Brian Schwarz won this year's narrative Student Academy Award.


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