Best Cinematography Program

Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Rising to number 4 on The Hollywood Reporter's annual rankings of the top 25 American film schools in 2022, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University offers top-notch filmmaking courses in an intimate learning environment. Notable alumni include the Duffer brothers...

2018_01_11_Professional Cinematography-30 (1).jpegDodge College is well-known for its cinematography classes. The college is a master of instruction in visual storytelling. Its MFA and BFA in Film Production with an emphasis on Cinematography is an excellent choice for new and seasoned filmmakers.

The campus is located at the seat of Hollywood, just one hour from coveted internships and even closer to the beach, supplying students with a diverse range of filming environments. Faculty include Emmy Award-winning director of photography/cinematographer Johnny Jensen (Into The Badlands, The Godfather) and cinematographer Jurg Walther (Not in God's Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama).

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Runner-up: New York University Tisch School of Arts

NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

As one of the best film schools on the East coast, the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts gives film students the chance to turn iconic landscapes into low-budget film shoots and connect with world-renowned industry players. In 2022...

NYU Tisch gets top marks for its conservatory-style MFA with an emphasis on cinematography. Anthony Jannelli, the head of the Cinematography department, was the First Camera Operator on motion features like Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs, and Ghostbusters II. In addition, Jannelli's second unit feature work as a cinematographer includes Spider-Man, Eight Millimeter, and multiple episodes of Law and Order. Assisting staff have received the Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography and worked on Emmy-winning HBO series.

The Camera Program is also one of the only undergraduate cinematography programs in America. The program has seven classes across four levels of study in cinematography and trains students to be masters of lighting, color, and editing.

FilmSchool.org's Application Database found that 17% of our members are admitted annually.