SOURCE: The Los Angeles Film School

March 11, 2008 08:00 ET

The Los Angeles Film School to Launch First Degree Program

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - The Los Angeles Film School has announced the start date for its first degree offering, an Associate of Science Degree in Film, set to begin in July 2008.

The Film Associate's Degree Program will replace the Immersion Certificate Program that the school has offered since its inception in 1999. The new degree, which would typically account for two years of credit hours at a traditional college, will be completed through 12 months of immersive study.

Continuing upon the success of the Certificate Program, the Film Associate's Degree will focus on the three elements that produce successful professionals in the film industry; the Art, the Technology and the Business. Students will be actively involved in learning skills in all major disciplines of filmmaking which include directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, art direction, production and post-production.

"The introduction of our very first degree program puts The Los Angeles Film School on the world map for quality filmmaking education," said Diana Derycz-Kessler, Chief Executive Officer. "It is one of many strides our school is taking to become an even stronger academic center for aspiring filmmakers."

In addition to the new degree offering, the school has recently expanded its campus by adding 100,000 feet of labs, studios, classrooms and administrative support facilities. The highlight of the expansion is a new Hollywood set, which is a two-story 3,000 square foot Victorian house in the main stage that utilizes age-old industry techniques such as green screen, painted backgrounds and a back-lit illuminated trans-light.

Los Angeles Film School graduates and current students enrolled in the Immersion Certificate Program will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the new degree program. The school will continue to enroll and graduate students on a monthly basis.

"We are extremely proud of how our curriculum and campus has evolved in recent years," said Darren Millar, Chief Operating Officer. "To start our first degree program is a tremendous step for our school, our students and our graduates."

About The Los Angeles Film School

Founded in 1999, The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is located in the heart of Hollywood at the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. The private post-secondary educational institution, which has quickly become a leading academic center for aspiring filmmakers, is complete with a faculty of industry professionals teaching its students the craft of filmmaking, including film production and postproduction technology with an exceptional film curriculum in state- of-the-art facilities.

The 87,000 square foot building where the school partially resides had previously been used as production facilities by legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Henry Mancini and John Williams, who recorded the orchestral score to "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" there in 1983. In addition, LAFS has recently expanded its campus by adding the 100,000 square foot six-story building next door at 6353 Sunset Boulevard. Together the properties form the campus which occupies an entire city block in Hollywood and beyond. Earlier this year the school also purchased the 8,000 square foot Ivar Theater, which has held many significant performances, including Lord Buckley, The Grateful Dead and The Doors. The school's campus evolution and real estate enhancements are part of a major transformation of the Hollywood area.

Their faculty brings knowledge and techniques straight from the Hollywood set with credits on major motion pictures. Graduates have also been honored as winners in numerous Independent Film Festivals throughout the world; in addition, The Hollywood Reporter named LAFS "One of the best-equipped private learning centers in the country."

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