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There are many places to attend film school but there's definitely something to be said to going to school in the heart of all of the action. Below is a listing of the top LA Film Schools and it's surrounding area ranked by the review system as of January 2019.

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  1. USC Cinematic Arts - Film and Television Production (MFA)

    USC Cinematic Arts - Film and Television Production (MFA)

    MFA students learn in the most state of the art facilities rivaling the most advanced production companies in the world. You'll hone your talent...
  2. Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Film Production

    Chapman University - Dodge College MFA in Film Production

    The graduate programs at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Conservatory of Motion Pictures are designed to empower you with
  3. USC Cinematic Arts - Writing for Screen & Television (MFA)

    USC Cinematic Arts - Writing for Screen & Television (MFA)

    The Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Screen and Television, is an intensive two-year degree program that concentrates on writing.
  4. LMU - Film & Television Production (M.F.A.)

    LMU - Film & Television Production (M.F.A.)

    In the Film & Television Production program, students gain experience in the crucial leadership role of director/producer/writer, with an emphasis...
  5. American Film Institute (AFI) - Screenwriting

    American Film Institute (AFI) - Screenwriting

    Screenwriting Fellows find their unique voices, while learning the essence of working as part of a creative team.
  6. American Film Institute (AFI) - Producing

    American Film Institute (AFI) - Producing

    Producing Fellows graduate with an ability to think creatively and lead with confidence and authority.
  7. American Film Institute (AFI) - Editing

    American Film Institute (AFI) - Editing

    First year editors work on six narrative digital project.
  8. American Film Institute (AFI) - Directing

    American Film Institute (AFI) - Directing

    The Directing program focuses on narrative, visual language and performance.
  9. American Film Institute (AFI) - Cinematography

    American Film Institute (AFI) - Cinematography

    Focusing on the art and craft of visual storytelling, Fellows receive instruction from professional cinematographers.
  10. LMU - Writing & Producing for Television (M.F.A.)

    LMU - Writing & Producing for Television (M.F.A.)

    The Writing & Producing for Television program has one goal: to prepare you for a professional career in the television industry, be it network,...
  11. LMU - Writing for the Screen (M.F.A.)

    LMU - Writing for the Screen (M.F.A.)

    The LMU Writing for the Screen M.F.A. teaches you how to think like a screenwriter through a progression of rigorous classes.
  12. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)- Film Directing (M.F.A.)

    California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)- Film Directing (M.F.A.)

    A unique three-year graduate course of study, the Film Directing Program (FDP) enables students to develop innovative approaches to storytelling...
  13. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - Program in Film and Video (M.F.A.)

    California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - Program in Film and Video (M.F.A.)

    The Program in Film and Video is designed for students who use film and video as media for personal expression and exploration—those artists for whom
  14. UCLA TFT - Cinematography (M.F.A.)

    UCLA TFT - Cinematography (M.F.A.)

    Production with an emphasis in Cinematography, established in 1997, is a four-year Film and Television MFA program that trains students in the...
  15. UCLA TFT - Production/Directing (M.F.A.)

    UCLA TFT - Production/Directing (M.F.A.)

    The UCLA Master of Fine Arts degree in production with an emphasis in directing is a three- to four-year program designed to develop artists in film..
  16. UCLA TFT - Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

    UCLA TFT - Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

    The two-year Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program encourages students to concentrate upon the challenge of writing a well-structured story
  17. UCLA TFT - Producers Program (M.F.A.)

    UCLA TFT - Producers Program (M.F.A.)

    The Producers Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television designed for
  18. USC Cinematic Arts - Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA)

    USC Cinematic Arts - Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA)

    The Peter Stark Producing Program will expose an aspiring producer to the full spectrum of the entertainment business.
  19. New York Film Academy (NYFA) - Los Angeles (MFA Program)

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) - Los Angeles (MFA Program)

    Offering programs and workshops across the spectrum of visual storytelling disciplines, our Los Angeles campus is located in the heart of Hollywood...
  20. Cal State Northridge (CSUN) - MFA in Screenwriting Program

    Cal State Northridge (CSUN) - MFA in Screenwriting Program

    The CSUN Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting Program offers an intensive, pragmatic terminal degree experience that prepares career-minded students..
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