The ’127 Hours’ actor – who was dressed in a traditional purple robe and black mortarboard – joined his peers at the university’s Tisch School of the Arts to receive a Master of Fine Arts in film-making earlier today.
James has already gained a degree in creative writing from Columbia University, as well as studying poetry at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina and fiction writing at Brooklyn College.
Most recently, the 33-year-old actor was accepted onto the University of Houston’s doctoral programme in literature and creative writing, while he also works towards a PhD in English from the prestigious Yale University.
Meanwhile, James has announced plans to study at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and will be teaching film classes – advising students on how to modify poetry into short movies – at New York University later in the year.
However, he isn’t the only star to receive a degree this week.
On Monday, Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington accepted an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in front of 5,000 graduates.
Addressing the crowd, he said: “It’s a little overwhelming and out of my comfort zone. I had to come exactly because I might make a fool of myself. I’ve found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nothing.”