Core Curriculum

  • Intro to Media Arts
  • Media Arts I, II, III, IV
  • Video and Audio Technical Production
  • Advanced Film and Television Production
  • Senior Focus

Audition Requirements

  • Applicants will submit a 2-4 minute film depicting a scene or story in a non-documentary style. Each student will make a short film based on the prompt provided. The film and essay must be made by the student applying.
    Film Prompt
    Number of Characters: two; Number of Locations: two (1 interior, 1 exterior); Theme: Forgiveness; Story: Two friends make up after one break another’s heirloom.
  • The film must be accompanied by a one-page typed essay (12-point font, Times New Roman) describing:
    1) The process of making the film;
    2) How the applicant interpreted the prompt, and;
    3) A description of what will be seen in the film.

The following will take place with guidance on the day of audition:

  • Applicants will participate in a Director’s Notes assignment. A prompt and instructions will be provided. Applicants will access a computer lab to complete the assignment.

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    Artistic Instructor

    John Kelly Shelburne, a native Mississippian, holds a BA in film and minor in History from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as an MA in Cinema Studies and a MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Shelburne has given presentations in basic cinematography, transitions of editing, and Walter Murch’s “Rule of Six.” He has served as script supervisor, unit production manager, editor, writer and producer of short films. Shelburne was a host of the SCAD Cinema Circle, a moderator for the Savannah Film Festival and moderator at Film Haven Film Festival in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

    By immersing students in a well-rounded, college-level curriculum of cinematic arts, we are preparing them to be ahead of their freshmen classmates in a university, or ready to work on any film project in the professional workspace.


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