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BU ranks No. 11 among nation’s best film schools

The Hollywood Reporter recently ranked Boston University No. 11 in its Best Film Schools list for 2013. BU vaulted its current spot as it was not ranked in 2012. From the article:

Instead of making students choose between film and TV, now all of the undergrads are film, TV and new media students with equal access to the full range of courses. BU also is breaking geographic boundaries with its Los Angeles program, which hit an all-time high of 91 students per semester.

The Hollywood Reporter issue validates the success of the department and puts us in company with a number of world class programs, many of which are considerably larger and better funded than we are,” said Prof. Paul Schneider, chair of the Department of Film and Television. “We are dedicated to improving the quality of our student productions both in traditional formats and in new/emerging media. And we are hoping to have new production facilities for our students in the not too distant future.”

See the full list in The Hollywood Reporter.

In an article from BU Today, Schneider said that he believes one factor responsible for the program’s 11th-place ranking is the internship program, which connects students to jobs as interns at companies like 20th Century Fox and the Weinstein Company and TV shows like Conan. Students work during the day, and then take classes at night. Schneider, a 24-year member of the Directors Guild of America, estimates that within a year of graduation, 60 to 70 percent of the students enrolled in the program have a job. “It’s our best job route,” he says.

Read the full article from BU Today.