Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:57 PM

USA Today and Variety Name Pratt’s Film Program among Best in the Nation

Film/video departmentPratt Institute’s film program has been recently been recognized as one of the best in the United States by USA Today and Variety magazine.

USA Today ranked Pratt #5 in its list of “10 Best U.S. Schools for Pursuing a Film Degree,” which was published on May 6, 2016. The rankings of bachelor degree programs in film, video, and photographic art were based on factors including graduation rates, student loan default rates, and graduates’ average starting salaries. The article noted Pratt’s commitment to developing total filmmakers with a variety of skills, as well as the internship and film opportunities for Pratt students in New York City.

Variety named the program one of the best in the country in its “Entertainment Education 2016: The Best Showbiz Programs” list, which was published on April 27, 2016. The magazine rated Pratt one of 19 domestic film programs that “earn top marks for training the film, TV and media icons of tomorrow.” Variety noted Pratt students’ access to pre-professional opportunities, including internships at cultural institutions and independent production companies, and work by alumni at prominent television networks and film festivals. Established in 1905, Variety provides entertainment decision-makers with breaking news and reviews as well as in-depth analysis and interpretation. It covers all aspects of film, television, theater, video, music, and new media.

The rankings come after the recent relocation of the Film/Video Department to its new home at 550 Myrtle Avenue, a 15,000 square-foot building equipped with state-of-the-art film facilities and equipment. The new facility has allowed the department to significantly increase its enrollment as well as offer new courses, and Pratt more than doubled its freshman class for the 2015–2016 academic year since the opening of the new building.

The USA Today rankings can be found here. The Variety article can be found here