Columbia University’s School of the Arts offers students the opportunity to go to film school at one of the world's great universities, with a faculty of working professionals esteemed in both Hollywood and the independent film community. Our home is New York City, creative capital of the United States, affording access to exceptional talent pools and locations, major research collections, and the constant opportunity to see films from every country and era. The film programs are populated by the top students from around the world and its halls are an intersection of cutting-edge creativity, intellectual rigor and hands-on practicality.
The Film MFA programs—in Screenwriting/Directing and in Creative Producing—are among the world's premiere training grounds for young filmmakers. Since the Film MFA at Columbia began in 1966, it has been renowned for the global success of its alumni in film and television, including top prizes at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Berlin and the Academy Awards.
The MA Film Studies program and the undergraduate Film Studies major give students a unique opportunity to study film history and theory in the midst of an active filmmaking community.
On July 1, Carol Becker, dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, announced the appointment of Associate Professor of Professional Practice Maureen Ryan as the new chair of Columbia’s Film Program.
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program has announced the Los Angeles programming for the 28th annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF), to include a two-day ScriptConnect industry networking event and the CUFF Jury Selects Screening and reception. CUFF is a celebration of the work of current students in the graduate Film Program.
David Pablos, who studied in the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, will screen his second feature film, Las Elegidas or, The Chosen Ones, in the prestigious Un Certain Regard category of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Arguably one of the biggest events on the film calendar, this year’s festival will run from May 13 to 24.