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17 November 2009 @ 06:19 pm
CMAC. What's the big deal?  
Okay, so maybe you're a high school senior. Maybe you go to community college. Maybe you just haven't decided what to do with you're life yet.

It doesn't matter who you are -- sooner or later, you will recognize the fact that you have the talent, potential, drive, and dream to be an artist. How do you get started? You need training. Where do you get trained? College.

The University of the Arts added the College of Media and Communication (CMAC) to its foundations back in 1996. There, they offer three majors: Communication, Multimedia, and Writing for Film and TV.

I'm a CMAC Writing for Film and TV student currently in her senior year. That's right, folks -- I made it. Come this May, I will have that BFA in hand and head on out to LA as quick as I can to get started in the film industry.

Although this road is the one less traveled, every bump, twist, and turn was worth it. For me, it was never a question of what I wanted to be when I grew up; it was a matter of how to get there.

The WFTV program at UArts is unique in that it took elements from top universities like NYU and UCLA to form a focused, intense, and highly informative curriculum taught by professors who have been successful in the film industry.

I'm proud to say that it is only here that you will walk away with two complete feature length film scripts, two TV spec scripts, and at least two original pilot episodes for a show that you create all throughout your college career.

From day one, you hit the ground running, pen in hand. As a freshman, you will jump right into the bare bones of what makes a story work in the Dramatic Structure class. Here, you'll create three-four outlines for original feature length script ideas.

Sophomore year, you'll create a television show and work among your peers as a collective writing staff. This will allow you to make a polished and professional original teleplay.

Junior year, get ready for the big time as you write your first feature length screenplay and also adapt both a fictional and non-fictional work of your choice into a feature film outline.

Senior year, you will write either an original or an adapted feature length script as well as creating your own television show, character bible, episode bible, and pilot episode.

CMAC offers you the opportunity to start building your portfolio long before students at other universities. You will leave with professional skills, professional writing samples, and the tools to get yourself started in the film industry.

As for me, I can honestly endorse the program with all my heart and look forward to the opportunity to tell you more! Please don't hesitate to post with questions, commentary, and your own experiences.