Hollywood Reporter Names SF State as 23rd Best Film School in U.S.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Photo of a virtual reality workshop on the San Francisco State Soundstage
Photo by Sreang Hok

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER -- A check for $25 million — from alumni George and Judy Marcus — has been a shot in the arm for the school’s liberal arts departments, including the film division, which has been spending, well, liberally on upgrading its production facilities and animation labs. The school has also started buying new cameras and lenses as well as VR equipment, which “students are very hungry for,” says Britta Sjogren, who’ll soon be stepping down as director (replaced by film scholar Celine Shimizu in the fall). There’s been some money spent on new hires, too; experimental media artist Rosa Park and sound designer Bethany Sparks have joined the faculty.

Tuition: $7,270 (undergrad); $8,704 (graduate)

Alumni: Annette Bening, Lisa Cholodenko, Steven Zaillian

Page updated September 4, 2019