The ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California has become a global leader in art and design subjects and has offered its film program since 1973. The growing influence of the program in recent years has led to ArtCenter being ranked among some of the best film schools in the world. With state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, students will be equipped with the latest production and post-production tools and encouraged to begin shooting immediately. The addition of a new 3,800-square-foot production studio for online content, the renovation of the Ahmanson Auditorium and regular masterclasses delivered by industry experts only further add to the film schools appeal whose focus is primarily on commercial filmmaking.
Another point that ArtCenter has going for itself is its commitment to diversity and equality; having hired its first diversity officer who has already initiated a partnership with the Director’s Guild of America’s Diversity Committee and planned panels discussing women and minorities in the film industry. Notable alumni include high-concept filmmaker Michael Bay, director, producer, and screenwriter Zack Snyder, and cinematographers Don Burgess and Shelly Johnson.