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Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
41 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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$20,693/ year
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    $16,516/ year
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    $23,196/ year
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    $24,209/ year


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The first year was wonderful. Fast paced with a heavy workload, but everything centered around film and working in the industry. Unfortunately the new hires less and less qualified, and the curriculum is drifting farther and farther from film. This school is ok, if you want a general knowledge base, but don't expect any specific gain in the fields of: Art, Wardrobe, Music, Sound Mixing or Recording, Post Production, or Assistant Directing.

Unlike previous years, no one helps with the internship program. Students are entirely on their own to find or make an internship happen.

Very few of my recent graduating class have jobs in the industry at this time.

Also while I was working on a film project at the school, there was a shooting a block away. Due to the parking situation and complete lack thereof, I was harassed on a regular basis by the people and panhandlers in the neighborhood.
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The workload in the first trimester is easy, mostly reading. It becomes more hands-on as you enter the second trimester and third trimester is heavy on different sets. They discouraged having a part-time job but I was able to work ~10 hours/week very easily.

Curriculum is very general. You won't find any of those USC Spielberg-for-a-whole-semester! classes here, which was disappointing for me. I would've liked to dive into a specific director or editor or genre for a few months.

That being said, it's definitely enough to get you by. If you're actually going to pursue a film career, you'll learn everything you need once you're out in the field, so don't bother yourself with 4 years of school if you don't need to.

The faculty was wonderful when I was there, though I know there was some tension in the administration in 2014. It's a very close-knit community because the class size is so small.
The first year in the accelerated associate program was amazing. We experienced a fast-paced, hands-on year off film creation.