Columbia University's School of the Arts houses one of the top-ranked film schools in the world. Under the leadership of Milos Forman—the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus—Columbia’s Graduate Film Program became renowned for its devotion to story, its uniquely integrated curriculum, and its faculty of working professionals esteemed in both Hollywood and the independent film community. Our curriculum fosters cutting-edge creativity, intellectual rigor, and hands-on practicality. Decade after decade, our diverse and international alumni have been celebrated at the highest levels of industry achievement in television, film, and new media.
The Film MFA programs—in Screenwriting/Directing and in Creative Producing—are among the world's premiere training grounds for emerging filmmakers. Since the Film MFA at Columbia began in 1966, it has been renowned for the global success of its alumni, including top prizes at the Oscar and Emmy Awards as well as yearly accolades at Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, and more.
The MA in Film and Media Studies program and the undergraduate Film and Media Studies major give students a unique opportunity to study film history and theory in the midst of an active filmmaking community and a world capital of film culture.
Two Films by Columbia Filmmakers Win at Documentary and News Emmy Awards 2021
Two Films by Columbia Filmmakers Win at Documentary and News Emmy Awards 2021October 13, 2021
Belly of the Beast, a feature documentary produced by alumna Angela Tucker '05, took home the Emmy in the Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary category while The Story of Plastic, a feature documentary produced by alumna Kyle Cadotte '17, won in the Outstanding Writing: Documentary category. read more
Alumna Ashley Lyle '07 Is Co-Creator of Showtime's New Series 'Yellowjackets'
Alumna Ashley Lyle '07 Is Co-Creator of Showtime's New Series 'Yellowjackets'October 8, 2021
Alumna Ashley Lyle ’07 (CC ’02) is the co-creator of Yellowjackets, a new Showtime series that will premiere on November 14, 2021.read more
'Black as Night' by Alumnus Sherman Payne '10 Released on Amazon Prime
'Black as Night' by Alumnus Sherman Payne '10 Released on Amazon PrimeOctober 5, 2021
The film is part of Amazon’s Welcome To The Blumhouse film anthology, a collection of unsettling genre films that tap into our deepest fears.read more