The Hollywood Reporter has ranked California Institute of the Arts the sixth best film school in the world.
The trade publication released its list of 25 top film schools July 27. It said the list was compiled after consulting with “industry insiders, execs, filmmakers and film school grads.”
Participants were asked participants to rate each school program based on the following categories: alumni, cost, facilities, industry access and strength of faculty. The list included schools spanning the globe from Beijing to Prague.
The publication said the Valencia arts college is “way beyond what founder Walt Disney could imagine.”
“It is a paradox, an experimental art school,” CalArts School of Film/Video Dean Steve Anker told the Reporter. “You usually have music, theater, dance conservatories and art schools, but you don’t have them under the same roof.”
It said Anker’s film/video school is most famous for training animation talents — alumnus Tim Burton ranking high on that list — “but besides character-based and experimental animation, you can study dramatic narrative, documentary, experimental live action, multimedia and installation,” it said.
Noting CalArts’ size at 11 acres’ worth of square footage, the Reporter termed the school a “very laboratory for the creative arts.”
With tuition costs of $37,684, CalArts offers a BFA and MFA in film, video and experimental animation; an MFA in film directing; and a BFA in character animation. Notable alumni include Burton (“Alice in Wonderland”), Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”) and John Lasseter (chief creative officer at Pixar).
Topping the Reporter’s list was the Los Angeles-based American Film Institute, followed by USC, Beijing Film Academy, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, UCLA, CalArts, Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Columbia University School of the Arts, Wesleyan University and the UK’s National Film and Television School.