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USC School of Cinematic Arts named the nation’s top film school, three years running

It earns the ranking based on tech advances, alumni accomplishments and strong faculty, according to The Hollywood Reporter

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The school's ranking is the result of a yearlong survey. (USC Photo/Holly Wilder)

Good things come in threes: The Hollywood Reporter has named the USC School of Cinematic Arts the top film school for the third consecutive year.

“USC always has kept an eye on the future, exploring new ideas and technologies even before Hollywood learns about them,” Borys Kit wrote. That’s one reason why [SCA is] THR’s No. 1 pick for the third year in a row.”

SCA is the only school to be named number one in three consecutive years. The Hollywood Reporter based its rankings on the school’s commitment to technology, the accomplishments of its alumni and the strength of its faculty. The ranking is a result of a yearlong survey of film schools across the country.

I am so proud of all our faculty and staff.

Elizabeth M. Daley

“We’re so grateful and honored,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Our vision has always been to build an environment that enables our students to succeed at every level. I am so proud of all our faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to build upon this vision every day; and, of course, of all our students and alumni, whose work continues to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Part of that vision involves preparing students for the industry not only as it exists today, but also as it will be tomorrow. As Daley said in her Q&A with THR: “The train companies thought they were in the train business, but they were in the transportation business. … We are in the business of giving people interesting, dynamic, entertaining, compelling content. And it doesn’t matter what platform it’s on.”

Founded in 1930, The Hollywood Reporter focuses on the motion picture, television and entertainment industries, as well as Hollywood’s intersection with fashion, finance, law, technology, lifestyle and politics.

The top 10 schools for 2015 are:

  1. USC School of Cinematic Arts
  2. New York University
  3. American Film Institute
  4. UCLA
  5. California Institute of the Arts
  6. Columbia University
  7. Chapman University
  8. Loyola Marymount University
  9. Wesleyan University
  10. Emerson College

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