ATLANTA, Georgia – August 5, 2015 – The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce that it will be expanding the film and television offerings at its Atlanta location to include a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in film and television. The new degree program will launch in September of 2015.
“Georgia’s television and film industry is thriving, and we rank third in the nation for feature film production,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Our diverse location and production resources make our state the ideal setting for growth in the industry. Now, we also have local companies and highly skilled Georgia workers available to perform the jobs that film companies demand. Programs such as this new degree at SCAD Atlanta form a network of training and education that will keep Georgia on the cutting edge of film and television production, will attract more high-profile projects to the state and will allow talented Georgians to practice their trade here at home.”
SCAD Atlanta students who pursue the B.F.A. in film and television will study and work in the SCAD Digital Media Center, a 60,000-square-foot film, television and digital media hub. Here, motion capture and green screen production capabilities, sound recording and mixing suites, editing rooms, screening spaces, and set and prop fabrication studios enable a wide spectrum of work to be created in a fully-equipped studio environment. SCAD Atlanta also offers state-of-the-art stage and screen venues including SCADshow, the 13,300-square-foot theater complex on 14th Street in Midtown, which features a 375-seat mainstage theater, 4K Digital Cinema Projection, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and second-floor production offices. SCAD will continue to offer the B.F.A. in film and television at its Savannah location, which recently expanded to include the Savannah Film Studios.
Program coursework will be supplemented by SCAD signature events such as aTVfest, an international festival that brings together professionals from all spheres of TV and media content production to discuss industry trends, showcase the best work in the field, and participate in master classes with students. SCAD’s upcoming aTVfest will be held Feb. 4-7, 2016 in Atlanta.
Additionally, through SCAD’s robust internship programs and limitless opportunities in Atlanta’s booming entertainment sector, students garner real-world experience in film and television while preparing for a seamless transition into the job market. Recent jobs and internships include work on Jurassic World, The Walking Dead, Ant-man and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and at major networks such as Turner Broadcasting System, Cartoon Network, FOX Sports and CNN.
SCAD students in the B.F.A. program for film and television will learn from preeminent faculty who have earned professional distinction at the highest levels with Primetime Emmys, Peabody Awards and numerous Academy Award nominations, among other prestigious honors recognizing their exceptional work.
The addition of this new degree program follows the introduction of the film and television Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs last year at SCAD Atlanta. The university expands its accredited degree programs in film and television as Atlanta continues to grow as the epicenter of Georgia’s film and television production industry, which generated $5.1 billion in economic impact to the state in 2014.
For over 30 years, SCAD has been preparing film, television, sound design, animation, visual effects, and production design professionals and actors for leading careers in entertainment. And this year alone, SCAD students and alumni have enjoyed significant professional success as a result of their leading film, television, and digital media education and career preparation, earning top accolades at the Annie Awards, the Student Emmys by the Television Academy Foundation, the Sundance Film Festival, the Golden Reel Awards, and the Atlanta Film Festival. Even recently, SCAD filmmakers continued a global presence at the Cannes and Annecy film festivals, screening their work before an international audience of entertainment executives.
As highlighted in the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiatives Report (December 2014), the Film, Television & Interactive Entertainment Sector is a core workforce need in the state of Georgia. SCAD’s film and television degree programs serve to meet this need, while benefiting students and the broader film industry. For more information on SCAD’s film and television program, please visit SCAD.edu.
SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With more than 31,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. In a survey of Spring 2014 SCAD graduates, 97 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education, or both, within 10 months of graduation.
For more than 35 years, SCAD has offered the most comprehensive and relevant range of degrees and coursework in the entertainment arts to educate filmmakers, television professionals, animators, sound designers, visual effects and motion media artists, production designers, actors, visual storytellers, and more. The university also offers students the rare opportunity to earn professional certifications before graduation. SCAD is an Avid Pro Tools certification school for audio postproduction, music production and ICON mixing techniques and offers certification in Siberlius.
At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 12,000 students, from across the United States and more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. The university holds the maximum terms of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB), and the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). SCAD holds or has held national championship titles in equestrian and lacrosse, and is a member of the American Academy in Rome. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.
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