The Hollywood Reporter has named the University of Texas’ Radio, Television and Film program as the country’s 10th best film school.
The blurb gives a nod to the 900 undergraduate and 160 graduates students’ opportunity to screen work at the Paramount Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse, and calls out recent grad Brian Schwarz (whom we interviewed earlier this year) for winning a Student Academy Award.
The blurb also points out an odd selection of notable alumni, including Matthew McConaughey, "Greek" creator Patrick Sean Smith, "Arrested Development" director Lev Spiro and writer-director Michael Zinberg ("The Bob Newhart Show, Quantum Leap").
Outside of awards and movie theaters, how did THR come up with its third annual list? We’ll let them explain:
"To reflect the changes, the editors of THR’s third annual film school rankings consulted a brain trust of industry insiders, asking them to rate programs nationwide — serving undergrads, graduate students and, in some cases, both. To broaden the pool of opinion, an online ballot containing potential nominees, which could be filled out and submitted anonymously, was sent to members of the Writers Guild of America West, American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. More than 600 ballots were returned, and the responses factored heavily in the final rankings."
Not much of a surprise at the top of the list, with the University of Southern California, American Film Institute and New York University occupying the top three spots.
Read the full list here.