Lipscomb University launches innovative film grad program

Lipscomb University launches innovative film grad program

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 6:00 pm

The Messenger 05.27.13

Lipscomb University in Nashville has announced the creation of a master of arts degree in film and creative media — the university’s first academic major in film and a graduate program unlike any other film program in Nashville.
Currently, plans are to deliver the new 36-hour curriculum in a 17-month time frame beginning this fall semester.
The inaugural enrollees will receive 20 percent off the cost of the program. Applications for the inaugural cohort are due by Aug. 2.
“The master’s degree in film and creative media prepares graduate students to operate within all digital media, making their skills more marketable in today’s multi-platform world,” said Mike Fernandez, chair of the Lipscomb University Department of Theatre and acting director of the new program.
“These students will be able to do so much more than just feature films. They will be prepared to film commercials, music videos, training and education videos as well as content for social media,” he said.
The program takes a unique entrepreneurial and experiential approach to learning. Students will be expected to create digital content each semester. Additionally, they will be encouraged to find creative ways to make business connections and digital content for local companies and organizations or for university departments on campus that need it.
As part of that approach, the program requires a one-year internship with a production company. AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Veritas Entertainment, Car-toon Pizza and Klausner Creative have signed on as Lipscomb’s first internship partners for the program.
In addition, spring 2014 is expected to bring the first Lipscomb University Film Festival. It will be held on campus, featuring the works of creative media graduate students. Industry professionals will serve as judges.
There are plans to hire a filmmaker-in-residence and to recruit various faculty members from other disciplines such as English, communications, music and art to teach the graduate film students.
Discussions are under way regarding the development of an undergraduate film program as well as a master of fine arts in film and creative media with concentrations in directing, film production, gaming and animation.
The program is now accepting applications and expects an inaugural class of 10 students this fall.
For more information, log on to www.lipscomb.edu/film or call Fernandez at (615) 966-5186.

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