Olympic College: Bachelor’s degree in digital film-making

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Olympic College (OC) will start offering a bachelor of applied science degree in digital film-making. The school hopes to offer the most affordable bachelor’s degree in film-making in the U.S.

The digital film-making program will accept students who have already completed their associates degree. The average yearly tuition cost for OC’s film-making students will be about $3,056 (the average annual annual tuition cost for film-making students at the Seattle Film Institute is $33,600).

“Comparatively speaking, our program is available at a fraction of the cost. It’s not unusual for people to get out and pay $100,000 in debt when they go to film school and they’re going here for the cost of a community college,” said Timothy Hagen, a professor of dramatic arts and film at OC.

Courses offered include directing actors in a film performance, master storytelling and advanced film producing. Students will write, produce, edit and direct their own films. Students will learn advanced cinematography techniques.

The school will have a sound stage, editing suites, a screening theater, cinema cameras, costumes, scenery, props and other equipment. It will be located inside the new College Instruction Center building, currently under construction near the school’s Warren Avenue entrance.

The professors teaching at OC are currently working on feature films and actually making them. There are opportunities to maybe work on these films and that’s really crazy for a community college.

Aside from making movies, students in the digital filmmaking program will learn skills applicable to using video in advertising, social media and other jobs. Some students are also able to join production companies or even start their own.

Film industry economic shifts — including affordable equipment and new distribution platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon — have changed the industry and lot of students now find film-making an attractive degree program.

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