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UWM Film Program Named One of America’s Best

The news comes as the Peck School's Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres adds a new bachelor of fine arts degree in animation.

By - Sep 19th, 2018 12:46 pm
UWM Film Program Named One of America's Best. Photo from UWM.

UWM Film Program Named One of America’s Best. Photo from UWM.

MILWAUKEE _ One of the best places in America to study filmmaking is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. That’s the takeaway from a survey of industry insiders published by The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes as the Peck School’s Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres adds a new bachelor of fine arts degree in animation and prepares for the forthcoming opening of a satellite film-department location in a state-of-the-arts creative hub opening in downtown Milwaukee next month.

Top 25 film school
The Peck School of the Arts film program was ranked No. 24 in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 ranking of “Top 25 American Film Schools.” The magazine says that it “ranked the best of the best based on not just how much tech they have but also the quality of their faculty and facilities, their reputations in the industry and the achievements of their graduates.”

The Reporter’s write-up gives a nod to film program alumni Eric Haywood and Caroline Kastelic, of “Empire” and “Robot Chicken,” respectively.

UWM also made The Hollywood Reporter list in 2011 and was named a Top 50 film program by another survey of filmmakers and educators in 2017.

New digs in No Studios
The department’s documentary filmmaking program, doc|UWM, will relocate to No Studios in October. Other tenants will include Milwaukee Film, the Milwaukee Filmmakers Alliance and an office for No Studios CEO John Ridley, an Oscar-winning writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles but originally from Milwaukee.

“Students in our pre-professional practice courses will be working and creating at No Studios alongside top local and national creative talent,” said Peck School of the Arts Dean Scott Emmons.

New BFA in animation
Back on campus, faculty and alumni of the Film, Video, Animation & New Genres department helped lay the groundwork for a degree-level animation concentration within the program. Fall 2018 marks the first time students can specialize in animation within the Peck School and earn a degree in the discipline.

“The new bachelor of arts degree in animation really formalizes something the school has been doing well and is known for,” Emmons said. “We’re excited to see how the program will grow and take shape just in the next two to three semesters.”

Faculty and alumni animation credits include “The Simpsons,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Robot Chicken” and “Anomalisa.”

About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

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