Rankings & Awards

Best Film School 2019

- Variety Magazine

One of only 13 accredited four-year colleges to offer a degree in ASL.

#1

Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Midwest 2019

- Animation Career Review
  • #1
    College for Aspiring Comedians 2019 - College Magazine
  • #3
    Music School Worldwide for Composing for Film and Television 2019 - the Hollywood Reporter
  • #6
    College for Video Game Design 2018 - College Magazine
  • #8
    Animation School in the Midwest 2020 - Animation Career Review
  • #8
    College for Playwriting 2017 - College Magazine
  • #11
    Graduate Photography Program 2016 - US News and World Report
  • #13
    Most Innovative School in the Midwest 2019 - US News & World Report
  • #17
    Best College Locations in America, 2020 - Niche.com
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    Film School in the Nation 2019 - the Hollywood Reporter

Alumni Awards

Aidy Bryant ’09 

is a mainstay on Saturday Night Live and has been nominated for two Emmys for her work on the legendary show.

  • Len Amato ’75 is the President of HBO Films and won a Primetime Emmy for Recount.
  • David Cromer won a Tony Award for Best Direction of The Band’s Visit.
  • Nick Drnaso ’11 is an American author and graphic novelist, best known for his books Beverly and Sabrina, the latter being the first graphic novel nominated for a Man Booker Prize in 2018.
  • Mauro Fiore ‘87 won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography for Avatar.
  • Tiffany Griffith ’92 won two Emmys for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for her role as dialogue editor on Stranger Things.
  • Heather Gross ’97 won a Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for her work as foley editor on the HBO series The Night Of.
  • Tonika Johnson ’03 was named 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her social justice work through photography.
  • Janusz Kaminski ’87 is a cinematographer who won an Oscar for Shindler’s List and Amistad.
  • Beth Morgan ’02 has been nominated twice for an Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design on GLOW and HBO’s Deadwood.
  • Iliana Regan ’05 is writer and chef. In 2019 she received a National Book Award for her memoir, Burn the Place. Her restaurant, Elizabeth, was ranked #6 in Chicago’s Top 50 restaurants by Chicago Tribune.

Lena Waithe ’06

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Faculty Awards

Photography Professor Dawoud Bey received a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the “Genius Grant.”

Alex Fruchter, Business and Entrepreneurship assistant professor and producer, was recently named one of Chicago Tribune’s “Chicago Artists of the Year.”