Welcome to the School of Cinema

Founded amid the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s, the School of Cinema continues to celebrate cinematic expressions that challenge social and artistic norms. Our mission is to encourage students to engage in scholarship and to pursue all forms of cinema production. We are committed to providing students with a broad liberal arts education focused on three intertwined values: creative expression, critical thinking and social engagement.


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Why Study Cinema at SF State?

Regardless of what focus our students choose, our program is rich in hands-on experience, engaged faculty and robust facilities and labs.

Our faculty have a rich expertise in animation, documentary, social justice fiction filmmaking, screenwriting, experimental filmmaking, African American cinema studies and much more.  Learn more about our faculty by viewing their faculty profiles.

Our well-trained alumni have gone on to win Emmy and Academy awards for their work.  Learn more about some of our distinguished alumni.



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Animation class with professor drawing on screen



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