SCAD Atlanta Launches BFA Film and Television Program

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With camped-out film crews becoming a more familiar site in Atlanta, the Savannah College of Art & Design is facilitating their students’ ability to partake in what is now the third-largest film production state in the nation. This fall, SCAD is expanding its film and television BFA program to the Atlanta campus.

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With the addition of SCAD Atlanta master’s degree in film and television in fall 2013, and the 2014 reconfiguration of the 14th Street Playhouse into SCADShow, an auditorium and classrooms, the Atlanta campus is well positioned to offer more film and television opportunities. SCAD’s film and television program in both Savannah and Atlanta had 132 graduates in 2014.

These students will have access to top equipment and facilities, such as the SCAD Atlanta Digital Media Center, complete with motion capture and green screen production, sound and mixing suites and editing rooms, as well as a 375-seated auditorium with Dolby Digital Surround Sound at SCADShow.

Film and television students will share these facilities and collaborate with other related majors like visual effects, television producing, and animation. Students will study under both familiar and new professors. TV production professors James Arnold Kent, Kevin Collins and Stephanie Leonard will teach classes in the B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. film and television program as well as television producing. New professor Josephine Elizabeth Graddy will join the film and TV program from the University of Southern California.

SCAD Atlanta has already become a reputable film hub in our creative city. The college’s annual aTVfest showcases student work and holds workshops and panel discussions with some of television’s hottest directors, writers, producers and actors. Some big names from last year’s aTV fest were actress/comedian Mindy Kaling of “The Mindy Project,” Terrence Howard of the hit series “Empire,” and select cast members from HBO’s “Girls.”

With SCAD Atlanta celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, the art school continues to shape and foster 21 visual, fine and performing arts programs for students in accordance with some of Atlanta’s fastest-growing industries.

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