The school opened in 2004 in Cebu, Philippines, and has campuses in Hong Kong and Miami and offers workshops, certificate programs and diploma programs in filmmaking, acting and 3D animation, among others. The Burbank program is just getting started and there are plans to offer four 10-week terms. Andrews envisions about 12 students per term, because personalized instruction is a key part of the program, along with a focus on learning by doing.
Andrews said the school is reaching out to the studios for guest speakers and possibly tours of the studios that would be unique. Costs range from $3,990 for a filmmaking workshop or certificate program in the performing arts to $12,990 for a diploma program in filmmaking.
Andrews called the program “very affordable,” adding that many competitors offer programs for at least double the cost.
One of those competitors, the New York Film Academy, offers workshops and year-round schools on the back lot of Universal Studios and in locations around the globe, according to the company's website. In the fall, aspiring filmmakers, actors, cinematographers and others interested in the film industry can add Mumbai, India and Florence, Italy to their list of options, said Dan Mackler, director for NYFA at Universal Studios.