The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a small film school with a combined number of undergrads and graduates of just over 1000 enrolled. The former dean has just moved to the American Film Institute, but in his time in the top job, he approved the New Media Building, a 30,000-square-foot facility that houses the departments of animation, digital design, gaming, motion capture, production, and visual effects. Producing and screenwriting MFA programs have also just recently been added and undergraduates still get the opportunity to learn to shoot on 16mm film.
The film school also includes the ACE Exhibition Complex, where students can display their work and view others. This complex, along with the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, plays host to the RiverRun International Film Festival every spring which creates a real buzz in the small town. Notable alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts include writer and director Brett Haley, screenwriter Travis Beacham, writer, and director Peter Hedges and filmmaker David Gordon Green.