The Hollywood Reporter (THR) recently released its 2022 list of Top 25 American Film Schools, with CalArts’ School of Film/Video claiming the fifth spot.
The annual list is typically assembled based on facility evaluations and interviews with deans and faculty from campuses across the nation, as well as alumni and industry experts. Schools are assessed by multiple factors, including practical program experience, alumni achievements, prestige, and access to cutting-edge equipment. The 2022 ranking specifically highlighted the American film schools considered to offer students “the best chance at navigating Hollywood’s changing terrain.”
Here’s what THR had to say about the School of Film/Video:
With animation dominating streaming slates, the school, founded by Walt Disney, remains the preeminent program for animators with studio aspirations. Jorge Gutierrez and Pixar head Pete Docter are among the alumni of character and experimental animation programs. The film and video and film directing programs also have a fair share of impressive graduates, including Fire Island director Andrew Ahn. CalArts, known for both traditional and experimental mediamaking, offers unique equipment for students, like Blackmagic’s Cintel Film Scanner, along with standard setups like edit bays. This year, Charmaine Jefferson succeeded Tim Disney, son of Roy, as the chairman of the board, saying that she hopes to “develop more artistic opportunities for our students” and “increase scholarship access.”
Check out the full 2022 ranking at THR.