Best and Most Affordable Film Schools in the USA (2015)


With legendary alumni like George Lucas, Ron Howard, and Judd Apatow, it’s no surprise that the University of Southern California (USC) again has topped the charts as the best film school in the US for 2015. In fact, according to a number of analysts and news organizations, it’s been consistently#1 for more than the last 10 years. But at almost $50,000 a year for tuition, an undergrad degree would cost you nearly $200,000 – about as much as a low budget movie. If you’re stuck on a budget, here’s a list of the Best and Most Affordable Film Schools in the US for 2015 (compiled based on several sources: the Holywood Reporter, Variety, CEOworld).

  1. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • Tuition: $15,131/year
  2. University of Texas, Austin (UT Austin)
    • Tuition: $17,108/year (out of state)
  3. California State University, San Francisco (CSU-SF)
    • Tuition: $18,372/year (out of state)
  4. Florida State University (FSU)
    • Tuition: $22,354/year
  5. Columbia College, Chicago
    • Tuition: $23,640/year
  6. Academy of Arts, San Francisco
    • Tuition: $24,889/year

Honorable Mentions: Colorado Film School (tuition: $15,000/year), Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (tuition: $19,365/year), University of North Carolina School of the Arts (tuition: $23,401/year).