CSUN Again Makes Variety’s List of Top 40 Film Schools Worldwide

Film students laugh as they huddle around a screen.

Students working on the 2018 senior film “Side Swiped.”

In what has become an annual tradition, entertainment trade publication Variety named CSUN to its list of the world’s best film schools.

Variety recognized the Department of Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) in CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication in their “Entertainment Education Report: The Best Film Schools for 2019.”

CSUN is named alongside renowned institutions including USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia University, London Film School and Beijing Film Academy and London Film School.

The annual list commended CSUN for becoming “one of the most sought-after programs in Los Angeles.” Undergraduate students have the option of studying Entertainment Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Screenwriting or Television Production.

According to Variety, entertainment education is essential to create the next generation of storytellers who will cultivate and sustain a diverse, innovative entertainment industry. CSUN’s CTVA department prepares its students by offering quality instruction and access to professional equipment and facilities, such as a new media lab, industry-level sound stages, and sound mixing and editing suites.

Every year, students enrolled in a senior film project class have the unique opportunity to apply and display their work at the CSUN Senior Film Showcase.

Students also benefit from CSUN’s valuable connections with “networks, production companies and studios,” as well as a wide alumni network that extends across the entertainment industry. Notable CSUN CTVA alumni include Michelle Vicary ’08, executive vice president of programming and global marketing for Crown Media Family Networks, home of the Hallmark Channel, and Yamara Taylor, executive story editor for Black-ish and writer for The Boondocks.

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