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Dean Bob Bassett

We live in an age of disruption. This is particularly true in the entertainment and media industries. Things are changing faster than ever:

In film and television, Netflix is disrupting distribution. Theater owners are worried. Long-form episodic television is more robust than ever. Blockbusters and sequels dominate the box office and independent filmmakers realize that theatrical release may not be the best choice for their work.

In the world of animation, new technologies are stretching what’s possible on a daily basis. Just take a look at The Jungle Book.

In public relations and advertising, as well as in film, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are offering a whole new world of promotional possibilities. Watching trailers in VR enables viewers to experience the world of an upcoming film. And, AR promises to expand even the experience of reading when characters on a page can come to life.

And, of course, broadcast journalism and documentary producers must grapple with deciding what is true, in a world where technology has made every event subject to thousands of unfiltered tweets.

What does this all disruption mean for you? Two things:

You can’t predict what will come next, but you have to prepare for it.

And that means studying the business and how these changes will affect the art you want to make—the stories you want to tell.

Film is the literature of this century.

People everywhere use image and sound as a primary form of communication—Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and others have driven that. And the competition to do it well is fierce. Of course narrative storytelling goes well beyond the short bursts of social media. Even though I’ve seen 4th graders make coherent, compelling films, it takes hands-on practice to master the complexities of writing believable characters in sophisticated stories and of organizing a set, integrating visual effects or making an animated character feel real.

Whether you're telling stories for entertainment or for business, the principles of storytelling are the same. And they take a lifetime to master.

As a student here at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, you will study under master storytellers who have honed their crafts over a lifetime of award-winning work and who have a combined filmography of more than 500 feature films — a record unmatched by any other film school in the country. Our location in Southern California enables internships with studios and production companies as well as on-campus visits from major Hollywood directors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, digital artists, PR and ad execs and others.

And our Hollywood connection goes even further than that: each year, select student films are screened for industry representatives at our Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut events in Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere.

A Dodge education will prepare you for the age of disruption.

Today Dodge College has more than 1,530 film and media arts students (1,260 undergraduate and 270 graduate students), 48 full-time faculty and 89 adjunct faculty. Our program is small enough to be overwhelmingly hands-on, yet well-equipped enough that our students rarely have to wait for a camera or AVID station.

First and foremost, a Dodge education will help you learn how to learn. If you know how to conduct research and then analyze, evaluate and adapt to changing circumstances, you can prepare for what’s coming. You will know how to size your project that won’t see theatrical release or how to use technology to your advantage, without breaking the bank. And, through intense faculty mentoring, using industry-standard resources, and with hands-on practice, you will learn to trust your own capabilities and continue to expand them, with the help of our wide and increasingly successful network of alumni, and the on-going support of your professors, long after you leave Dodge.

We will help you prepare for your job 20 years from now—a job that doesn’t even yet exist. That’s why Dodge College is the film school of the future—a film school built on anticipating what comes next, especially in an age of disruption. 

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