The Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television has been recognized among the world’s best, according to rankings published by The Hollywood Reporter last month.
LMU ranked 19th out of 25 top schools around the world and was the only Jesuit university on the list. The entertainment trade journal compiled the list after surveying entertainment industry insiders, executives, filmmakers and film school graduates.
“It’s great to see The Hollywood Reporter recognize what industry professionals and film students have known for a long time, which is that LMU’s School of Film and Television is one of the best places to learn the art of film and television,” said LMU President David W. Burcham.
“We’re proud of this recognition and of the great work our students and faculty achieve every day. It’s truly extraordinary for such a young program to receive this kind of recognition. It’s something of which we are very proud.”
The survey respondents highlighted LMU for stressing humanism over commercialism in filmmaking and the school’s success in helping students land internships in the industry.
The journal also lauded LMU’s new Incubator Lab, where recent graduates can apply for financial support and mentorship to help them complete a film project.
The survey also noted several of LMU’s film alumni, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River”) and directors Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”) and Sean McNamara (“Soul Surfer”).
“This ranking acknowledges our belief that the best foundation for an aspiring filmmaker is a strong liberal arts education with a focus on developing craft, storytelling and technical expertise,” said Stephen G. Ujlaki, dean of the school. “Congratulations to our entire LMU filmmaking community of extraordinary students, faculty, alumni and staff.”