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Columbia University 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.

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"Junk" by Ayad Akhtar scheduled for Broadway
updated February 2017

Film alumni Ayad Akhtar ‘02, best known for his Pulitzer prize-winning play Disgraced, will return to Broadway with his new play Junk in the fall. Junk, which had its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse last summer, is an epic story about Wall Street in 1985.

Sundance Win for And the Whole World Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye and Others
updated January 2017

School of the Arts’ Alumna film And the Whole Sky Fit In the Dead Cow’s Eye won the International Jury Prize for Best Short at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 
Work by Columbia Alums Nominated for Oscars
updated January 2017

Columbia Film alums have made their mark on this year’s Academy Awards, earning three Nominations.
Five short films by Columbia alumni will be featured on Film School Shorts
updated January 2017

Five short films by Columbia alumni will be featured in the coming months on the KQED program Film School Shorts, a national, weekly series that showcases short films from across the country.

Alumni Write & Produce TV Reboot of "DuckTales"
updated January 2017

Several Film Program Alumni are behind the highly anticipated TV revival of DuckTales on DisneyXD. Frank Angones CC ‘05 is the story editor and co-producer, while Bob Snow SOA ‘10 and Christian Magalhaes SOA ‘10 are staff writers.

Annette Insdorf Curates Festival "Cinema and the Holocaust: A Feminine Perspective" for Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
updated January 2017

Film Professor Annette Insdorf curated “Cinema and the Holocaust: A Feminine Perspective” this January on behalf of Columbia Global Centers.

Three Films by Columbia Affiliates to Show at Clermont-Ferrand
updated January 2017

Three films directed, written, or produced by Columbia Film Program affiliates will be shown at Clermont-Ferrand, a leading international short film festival in central France, in February.

Alumna Co-Produces Golden Globe Winner "Moonlight"
updated January 2017

Film alumna, Veronica Nickel ‘10, co-produced the critically acclaimed Moonlight, which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion Picture at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award
updated January 2017

The award was created by Spotlight Cinema Networks, a national advertising company dedicated exclusively to Luxury and Art House theatres, in partnership with the Art House Convergence, an organization dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of Art House cinemas in North America.
Vito Adriaensens Hosts Public Cinema History Series
updated January 2017

This spring, students and faculty members in the School of the Arts—as well as the public—will have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of early cinema through a five-part screening series called “Silent Matinee” hosted by Vito Adriaensens, a visiting faculty member in the Film Program.

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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.