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“Art Center educates filmmakers in both the technological and narrative skills of motion pictures—whether they’re aimed for the theater screen, iPod screen or anything in between.”

Ross LaManna, Chair

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

In a rapidly changing entertainment industry, emerging filmmakers must be daring, entrepreneurial and dedicated. Above all, they must be visual storytellers.

Every aspect of Art Center’s Film curriculum focuses on the mastery of movie-making skills in order to serve the narrative. Located minutes from Disney, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, ABC, Paramount and the Burbank Media District, our department enjoys an unusually high percentage of accomplished filmmakers on our faculty roster. Students begin shooting immediately, with access to HD, 16mm, 35mm and the latest digital post-production tools.

Class sizes are small, fostering close, mentoring relationships between instructor and student. We host several guest lectures by studio heads and A-list filmmakers each term. Students specialize in one of three tracks—cinematography, directing or editing—and frequently collaborate with students from other disciplines.

Our architecturally striking campus, on a wooded hillside above Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, is an ideal place for location shooting. We have private editing suites, surround-sound recording and mixing studios, multi-computer labs available 24 hours, a 5,000-square-foot stage with a cyclorama and green-screen digital compositing equipment.

Our program imparts a thorough understanding of the entire film-making process, giving our students the skills and confidence to succeed, whether they go on to work for the studios and networks, independently or in emerging media.


Find out more about our department at artcenterfilm.com.

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