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Capilano University to offer new motion picture arts degree

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Students wanting to advance their skills in the motion picture industry need look no further than Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore as Capilano University announces it will begin offering in September a new bachelor degree in motion picture arts.

Home to the largest full-time film program in Western Canada, Capilano University’s popular School of Motion Picture Arts has addressed student demand by doubling its program offerings in the last four years. The new degree program will contribute to the continued growth of the local and national creative communities.

“We are excited to be enhancing the innovative opportunities available through our strong mix of film programs,” said Jennifer Moore, Capilano’s dean of fine and applied arts. “Along with the recent announcement of our new film centre facility, the new degree program reinforces Capilano University as the place to come for a quality education in motion picture arts.”

Last August, Capilano University announced that it had received funding for a new film centre that is currently being built at its North Vancouver campus and will open to students in the fall of 2011. The first graduates of the new motion picture arts degree will complete their studies in the new facility.

The third largest centre for film and television production in North America, British Columbia has the locations, the facilities, and – most importantly – the people to bring it all to life. With skilled crews, technicians and creative experts, B.C.’s extensive talent pool is the foundation of a thriving industry sector.

“For the past 11 years, the main goal of the Capilano film centre has been to graduate students who will become part of the foundation of a broader, more sustainable base of domestic and international film production,” Moore explained. “Students come to Capilano University from around the world to learn in real-world situations in courses such as producing, direction, writing, cinematography, costume design, editing and sound design, to name but a few. We also offer unique programming that specifically serves our First Nation communities, such as Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking. This particular program attracts students from across the country.”

As students progress into the higher levels of the motion picture arts degree, they will begin a series of development courses that will enable them to have a project ready for production after graduation. These projects may include a pilot for a series, a webisode series, feature film, or movie of the week. Additionally, students participate in an industry practicum in their fourth year.

“There are other film degrees in Canada, but we see ours as unique in its emphasis on the practical skills foundation at the early levels,” said Moore. “It will appeal to the same audience we have always attracted, which is a combination of high school grads, students who have tried other programs but want more specific technical training, international students, and those who have some industry background and want to get a degree.”

Admission to the program is based upon first meeting the University requirements for high school grads or mature students, a letter of intent, and a successful interview. The degree builds upon a certificate at the first-year level, a diploma at second year and the degree after successful completion of the four-year program.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca

For more information on Capilano University’s film programs, visit www.capilanofilm.ca



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