Press Release: 7/25/2018
Seattle Film Institute announces a Master of Arts degree in Producing for Film online starting September 17, 2018. The program teaches skills to produce traditional film, web series and television projects and gain the project management skills needed for careers in creative arts and multi-media production. This accelerated program allows students to earn a Master of Arts degree in just 40 weeks.
"Through the integration of education technology, we can engage students all over the world who are looking for these skills. We are bringing in international film professionals via virtual classrooms to provide a dynamic experience," states Seattle Film Institute President David Shulman.
The MA program includes a focus on entrepreneurship in the creative arts sector as well as the managerial and business skills all producers need. "There is a consistent need for content creation and we want students to be poised to be leaders in this area," says newly appointed Associate Director Monique Anair, who has participated in film education for New Mexico's aggressive incentive-based film industry. "Seattle is a perfect place to combine science, technology and the arts." Seattle Film Institute sees itself being a leader in creative arts production management and will work with graduates to get their projects off the ground. "We have always supported our graduates in the local workforce, but we have the opportunity now to help provide a launch point for media projects and new creative ideas," reports Shulman, who has set the ground-work for a film and media incubator. "We already support the professional filmmaking community at SFI with space, equipment, and consulting. We are now creating a place where our grads find the support to take their dreams and ideas to the next level."
The program starts in September and SFI is now accepting applications from students wherever they are located in the USA and beyond. Students can choose a blended on-ground/online program, a totally online program or a low residency model. For the low residency model, the distance education students come to Seattle in mid-September 2018 for an intensive kick-off to the program, and again in mid-July 2019 for a concluding capstone class and graduation.
SFI Communications Director Chris Blanchett sees another benefit of the distance education option: "The students access information online and communicate and collaborate with classmates who may be in another city or another country." According to Blanchett, this component of the distance education option prepares the students for the emerging reality of the film industry. Team members in different locations around the world effectively collaborate on projects. In a very real sense, the medium and infrastructure of the distance education option becomes a key part of the training in and of itself.
Seattle Film Institute has prepared students for successful careers in film since 1994 and is the Northwest's only nationally accredited film school offering certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees with programs in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Motion Graphics & Visual FX, Sound Design & Recording Arts, Producing, and Composing for Film with choices of on-ground, online and blended schedules.