Leading film schools in the U.S. state of California:

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
- According to the Princeton Review/Gourman Report, the undergraduate programs in theatre, film, and television are ranked No. 1 out of 500 nationally.
- The School's alumni and faculty has won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys and many other honors.

New York Film Academy
- Based in New York City and Universal Studios, California.
- The Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD is the only accrediting body for visual art programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

USC School of Cinematic Arts
- USC was the first university in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in film.
- The School is situated in the heart of Los Angeles, regarded as the entertainment capital of the world.

San Francisco State University
- "One of the nation's top film schools" according to Entertainment Weekly.
- SF State is among the top 201 colleges and universities that offer "real world," job-focused services and skill development, according to Great Colleges for the Real World by Michael P. Viollt (Octameron Associates, 2002).

California Institute of the Arts
- CalArts' programs have been placed in the top 10 in the country in visual art, film, theater and music by U.S. News and World Report. It was ranked 5th for Film (Master of Fine Arts) by U.S. News in 1997.

List of film schools in California:
  • Academy of Art University, School of Motion Pictures and Television
  • AFI Conservatory - A division of American Film Institute
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Berkeley Digital Film Institute
  • Brooks Institute of Photography
  • Chapman University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cal State LA Studios (California State University, Los Angeles)
  • Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University
  • Columbia College Hollywood
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University Northridge Department of Cinema and Television Arts
  • Los Angeles Film School- LAFS
  • Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television
  • National University School of Media and Communication, Los Angeles
  • New York Film Academy School of Film & Acting - Back lot of Universal Studios
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • San Francisco State University Cinema department
  • San Jose State University- Department of Tv, Radio, Film & Theatre
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts/USC School of Cinema - Television (University of Southern California)
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
  • University of California, San Diego, Visual Arts and Communications Departments
* Suggested Reading:

Film School Rankings

Top Performing Arts Schools

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek