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.

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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/

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