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Three institutions plan world film school on Web

Added: (Fri Dec 03 1999)

Pressbox (Press Release) - LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 - Three institutions in separate continents said on Thursday that they were jointly establishing a Global Film School on the Internet, providing the 'highest level' of moviemaking education by computer.

Teri Bond Michael, a spokeswoman for the University of California, Los Angeles, said the new online courses would be offered as early as next year in a program created by UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television; the Australian Film, Television and Radio School; and the National Film and Television School of Great Britain.

She said the Internet school would allow students sitting at their computers anywhere in the world to study directing, producing, screenwriting, editing, design, cinematography, music composition and other subjects on http://www.globalfilmschool.com.

Michael said students who finished their chosen program would be awarded a certificate of completion from the Global Film School. She said it had not been determined if degrees would eventually be offered.

Michael said the Global Film School was created in part to serve the hundreds of applicants who are turned away each year from the three institutions. Some 700 students vied last year for only 21 spots in UCLA's directing school, she said, and the British school had 750 applicants for 55 openings.

Robert Rosen, UCLA's dean of theater, film and television, said the Internet program would be supplemented by 'on-site' sessions in Los Angeles, London and Sydney, where students would have direct contact with industry professionals.

He said current and developing technology would allow students to co-create film productions online "from script to screen" for both television and movies.

"Long-distance learning is an innovative area where film and television production, new technology and educational objectives converge," Rosen said. "It crosses traditional boundaries and is increasingly important in today's global economy."

Michael said the school would start accepting applications next year.

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