CSUN Ranked Among Top 20 Film Schools by TheWrap

Photo by David Hawkins

Photo by David J. Hawkins.

For the sixth consecutive year, CSUN has been ranked among the nation’s best film schools by TheWrap, coming in at No. 17 on this year’s list.

The award-winning entertainment news website named CSUN to its list of the Top 50 Film Schools of 2021, alongside prestigious universities such as the University of Southern California, AFI Conservatory and New York University.

CSUN’s No. 17 ranking is four places higher than in 2020 and five places higher than 2019. TheWrap’s annual ranking of schools was determined by an anonymous poll of more than 1,200 entertainment-industry insiders, educators, deans, filmmakers and film pundits, along with experts who evaluate each school.

TheWrap lauded CSUN’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts, with programs in film, narrative and documentary TV, virtual reality (VR) and emerging media, as well as its recently added Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting. It also highlighted former department chair Dianah Wynter for launching a new course in immersive sound, and forging partnerships with Epic Games and top visualization company Halon Entertainment.

The site also spotlighted CSUN’s new professors, including producer Christina Sibul (“Sideways,” ”House of Sand and Fog,” “Thirteen”) and Patricia Carr (“The Good Doctor”), as well as CSUN alumni Ami Cohen ’08 (Cinema and Television Arts), vice president of physical production for Lionsgate TV; LaTanya Newt ’04 (M.A., Mass Communication), vice president of original programming for BET; Laura Gonzales ’07 (Television Production), director of operations and events at Disney Television Animation; and recent CSUN graduate Román Zaragoza, who was cast in the CBS comedy pilot “Ghosts.”

CSUN also was recognized for joining the Green Film School Alliance, along with eight other schools that are committed to sustainable production practices.

CSUN consistently has gained national and global recognition for its film program. This year, CSUN was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the country’s Top 25 film schools, and Variety ranked it in the Top 10 in an international ranking of 50.

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