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Hollywood Reporter Ranks Emerson Ninth-Best U.S. Film School

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The Hollywood Reporter cited Emerson’s VR and AR offerings in ranking it #9 among U.S. film programs. File photo/Derek Palmer

Emerson College slid up a notch and landed at #9 on the Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of “Top 25 Film Schools in America”.

In ranking Emerson, the Hollywood Reporter touted the College’s Global BFA in Film Art program with Paris College of Art; its Emerging Media Lab, with augmented reality and virtual reality suites; Emerson Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard campus; and the Norman Lear Scholarship Fund, established in 2018, provide a four-year scholarship to students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.

The Hollywood Reporter reserved special praise, however, for Emerson’s wide and supportive alumni network.

“I’ve hired Emerson interns at every job I’ve ever been at,” MGM film group president Pamela Abdy ’95 told the publication. “I’m just a real advocate for the school.”

Last year, Emerson partnered with the Hollywood Reporter on the Young Executives Diversity Initiative, a fellowship that recruits promising high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles, and provides them with mentoring, coaching, and internships in order to help them with the college application process. 

The goal of the initiative is eventually to increase diversity among entertainment executives.

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