Profiles of Film Programs & Schools

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Fairleigh Dickinson University
Visual & Performing Arts Department
285 Madison Ave - M-DB0-01
Madison, NJ 07940 

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Film Schools in Utah March 8, 2016


Utah’s breathtaking scenery alone has made it a popular backdrop for dozens of Hollywood productions. Just a few include The Lone Ranger (2013), The Tree of Life (2011), 127 Hours (2010), Star Trek (2009), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Mission Impossible II (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), and Thelma & Louise (1991). Filmmakers also flock here because the Utah Film Commission (est. 1974) offers an abundance of resources including crew, talent, support services, and access to hundreds of locations, as well as the Motion Picture Film Incentive (MPIP), which provides tax credits for qualifying productions.  

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With its comprehensive work-integrated approach to higher ed and an expansive array of diploma offerings, students seeking twenty-first century know-how from a world class school often identify Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology as a stand-out.

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An introductory note from the editor:  

We started publishing US based regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators seeking advice regarding the "best" schools in the US. The US-centric lists have been well-received, so much so that we now receive frequent requests to publish rankings of international animation schools. ACR staff writer and Social Media Manager Tom Fronczak managed and authored this year's Top 100 International Animation Schools rankings. In preparing this year’s list, we surveyed over one hundred animation schools across the globe. Our end-goal is to give students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school they choose to attend and the program they pursue.  

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Degrees Offered:  2 Year Diplomas in 2D Animation, 3D Animation for Film and Gaming, Digital Visual Effects.

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Film Schools in Wisconsin September 26, 2015

Wisconsin Film

The State of Wisconsin is just right. It’s not the largest state in the U.S. and it’s not the smallest. Close to 5.8 million people live in The Badger State, making it the nation’s 20th largest state. While the people of Wisconsin are arguably the most infamous football fanatics on the planet, the state does have a softer side. In fact, Wisconsin features some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes, and an art and culture scene to be envied. The state is home to a variety of major art museums, unique galleries, performing arts venues, and more. These are not the only reasons Wisconsin attracts more than 95 million visitors each year.

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Film Schools in Virginia September 1, 2015

Virginia Film Schools

Virginia’s history and scenery make it a popular backdrop for many films. In fact, Hollywood has made many trips to the state to film blockbuster movies such as Argo, J. Edgar, Lincoln, War of the Worlds, Hannibal, Minority Report, Mission: Impossible, Patriot Games, Silence of the Lambs, Dirty Dancing, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Film productions, both big and small, have kept the state’s film community very busy over the years. A large number of television production studios, documentary filmmakers, and global ad campaigns play a significant role in the employment scene as well.

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Film Schools in Texas August 20, 2015

Texas Film

Texas is not on the outside looking in. The Lone Star State is as much a part of the film scene as any other top ten state and the industry here is growing. More than 1,000 projects have been filmed in Texas over the years, including some of the most controversial films in history. Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), The Last Picture Show (1971), Apollo 13 (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), Boys Don't Cry (1999), and Kill Bill (2003) are just a few of the best films shot (or partly shot) in the State of Texas. Some of Texas’s most recent film credits include Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)The Tree of Life (2011),Spy Kids 4 (2011), True Grit (2010)There Will Be Blood (2007), and No Country for Old Men (2007). The television series Dallas (1978-1991)Friday Night Lights (2006-2011), and The Lying Game (2011-2013) filmed in Texas as well.

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Film Schools in Vermont October 15, 2012


From the resorts and small towns of Central Vermont to the vistas of Northern Vermont, The Green Mountain State has been the backdrop for dozens of Hollywood films from classics such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) to modern sci-fi films such as Sucker Punch (2011). Other credits include Thank You For Smoking (2005), What Lies Beneath (2000), The Spitfire Grill (1996), and Wolf (1994).

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Film Schools in Rhode Island September 11, 2012

Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be small, but this beautiful state is big on charm. The nation’s smallest state is home to one of the country’s most scenic major cities—Providence. It also boasts some of the most pristine beaches in the U.S. Rhode Island has a plethora of firsts to brag about as well—especially in the world of sports. “Little Rhody” is home to the first open golf tournament, the first National Lawn Tennis Championship took place here, and in 1876, Polo became a first for the entire country—right near Newport.

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