For the second year in a row, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 10 film schools in America!


School Climbs Hollywood Reporter Film School Rankings: Landing #7 Spot AmongTop 25 Film Schools

Orange, CA (August 1, 2013) – For the second year in a row Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 10 film schools in America. This year for the first time, the rankings involved voting by industry insiders including members of the Writers Guild of America West, the American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Hollywood Reporter’s annual ranking of ‘The Top 25 Film Schools in America’ (on newsstands now) placed Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at number seven (7), noting the achievements of the school’s first-of-its-kind micro-budget production company, Chapman Filmed Entertainment, as well as the impressive roster of Hollywood luminaries who’ve taught and spoken at the University.

The excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter reads:

“Chapman’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts in Orange, Calif., boasts alumnus Travis Knox‘s Chapman Filmed Entertainment, a partnership between the college and private investors. Under the program, producer Knox (The Bucket List) recently wrapped Trigger, a $1.25 million film with Scott Glenn (Training Day) and dozens of Chapman alums, including director Basel Owies. If it makes money, expect to hear lots more about the program’s slate of six movies, each budgeted at $1 million or less. Chapman also has such filmmakers in residence as Robert Zemeckis and Bong Joon-Ho, professor Dawn Taubin‘s annual Women in Film panel, and an advertising/PR program that gets grads jobs — Alex Kirkwood, Fox creative director, domestic theatrical marketing, is just one example. Says recent grad Max Keller: “I have no fear of postgraduation life. I’ve taken classes from people who used to run the legal department at New Line and Universal, ran marketing and distribution for Miramax, have been nominated for Oscars. I’ve written, directed, and edited movies. I’ve been the assistant to the guy who discovered Scorsese and De Niro.” The day after graduation, Keller went to work for Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment.”

“Everyone associated with Chapman is proud to see our film school recognized at this level by The Hollywood Reporter,” says Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett. “Building quality programs that yield high quality results is a group effort driven by our dedicated faculty who have top-flight industry credentials, the growing reputation of our many alumni working in the business, the excellent work of our talented students and the continuing support of Chapman’s administration and our many friends and advisors in Orange County and Hollywood. As with producing a film, building a great film school is a collaborative endeavor focused on achieving a singular vision and drawing on the creativity and intelligence of many, many people.”

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About Chapman University:

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university now excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:

One of the premier film schools in the country, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers students the unique opportunity to learn filmmaking in a hands-on environment modeled on a working studio.  The college is comprised of the Sodaro-Pankey Undergraduate School of Film and Media Arts, offering degrees in film production, film studies, screenwriting, creative producingtelevision and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising, screen acting and digital arts; and the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, offering M.F.A. degrees in film production, film and television producing, production design, and screenwriting, and an M.A. in film studies. Two joint M.F.A. degrees in producing are also offered in conjunction with the business (M.F.A./M.B.A.) and law (M.F.A./J.D.) schools. Dodge College is housed in Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot studio and classroom building that provides students with 24-hour access to sound stages, edit bays, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage and more.  With an Oscar and Emmy-award winning full-time faculty that boasts more feature film credits than any other film school, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.