Learning Animation from Hollywood’s Best
We recently had a chance to chat with Joffery Black, the animation program director at The Los Angeles Film School. Here is what he had to tell us about the acclaimed program which is based in the heart of Hollywood.
Can you tell us a little about The Los Angeles Film School? The Los Angeles Film School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and offers entertainment-focused online and campus degrees. We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Animation, Audio Production, Digital Filmmaking, Entertainment Business, Film Production, Graphic Design, and Writing for Film & TV. As well as Associate of Science degrees in Audio Production, Music Production, and Film. The L.A. Film School has been an academic leader in the entertainment community since 1999. Our goal is to equip every student with the necessary skills they need to succeed in this industry. Whether it’s in the studio, on location or in the editing room, we train the next generation of creative professionals. Students thrive in our experiential environments under the instruction of seasoned faculty members, many of whom are still actively involved in Hollywood. The L.A. Film School provides a collaborative, yet challenging environment for students so they can live, breathe and sleep entertainment–– and a network of like-minded classmates who might turn into future colleagues down the line. Each discipline offers curricula designed to provide students with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and industry connections necessary to succeed in the rapidly-changing landscape of the entertainment business. When was the school established and how many students are currently enrolled there? When The Los Angeles Film School opened in September 1999, we had 15 enrolled students for the film program. Today, we have roughly 4,200 students across the eight campus and online programs. What are your most popular classes in animation? Our most popular classes tend to be project and portfolio-based classes. Students are excited to apply the technical components to a more creative setting. We focus on teaching animation students in a hands-on environment with a curriculum based on the students’ areas of interest. What do your students often love about your classes? Usually, our students love learning new techniques and software due to our accelerated education. Collaboration with other students is key as our Animation and VFX program is within a film school. Do you also help with placing students after they finish their course work? We have a Career Development team that works with students throughout their time in school. The Career Development department works in conjunction with students’ education curricula to prepare them with interpersonal and professional skills, support their vocational goals and help to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace. For more info, visit lafilm.edu/programs/ animation-vfx/