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USC School of Cinematic Arts again named tops in U.S.

USA Today praises program’s proximity to Hollywood — and to well-paying jobs

October 30, 2014 David Medzerian

Add another voice to the chorus singing the praises of the USC School of Cinematic Arts: USA Today reports that USC’s is the top film school in the nation. And it’s a program that pays off — literally.

Top U.S. Film Schools

1. USC
2. New York University
4. Chapman University
5. Loyola Marymount University

Source: USA Today

USC’s cinematic arts graduates earn an average starting salary of $48,000 and reach mid-career salaries of $72,000, according to rankings compiled by College Factual.

The study praises USC’s “strong reputation for providing a top education, especially in film and television production.” The report also cites the university’s proximity to Hollywood as a big asset in helping graduates land jobs in the film industry.

The USA Today report is the latest in a string of accolades for USC’s cinematic arts program. In July, The Hollywood Reporter also named USC’s program as best in the country.