For the fifth consecutive year, Syracuse University's film programs were ranked by the Hollywood Reporter (THR) on its list of the “Top 25 American Film Schools.” Syracuse was ranked No. 23.
Syracuse offers bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) and master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees in film through the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Department of Transmedia as well as bachelor of science (B.S.) and master of arts (M.A.) degrees in television/radio/film through the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. VPA's programs focus on independent filmmaking and scholarship—the filmmaker as artist—while Newhouse's programs allow students to delve into production, management or writing. All of the film study options emphasize visual storytelling.
Film students have access to talented faculty who are themselves professional filmmakers as well as visiting professionals, including recent guest Bobby Moresco, Oscar winner for “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby,” who was in town for the Syracuse International Film Festival. Students also may participate in a semester-long Los Angeles program and intern at Hollywood production companies. VPA students can study abroad at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic, or attend the International Filmmaking Academy summer workshop in Bologna, Italy (this summer, the students worked with legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr). Film students also participate in the Sundance Film Festival each year and serve as interns at the Cannes and Tribeca festivals.