February 7, 2017

Film School on fast track for opening

Dr. Gregory Sadlek, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences said there have been big steps made as far as preparing for the stand-alone film television and interactive media school, which was announced last spring.

“I can’t tell you that we’ve closed a lot of different deals, but we’re much closer than we were [in the] fall,” Sadlek said. “I think in terms of the academic program alteration process, we’ve pretty much finished that so the school is not official yet, but it’s pretty much there as an independent school.”

The college has also made progress in finding a director for the film school. Sadlek said it conducted a nationwide search and should have a candidate by the end of this semester.

Starting in the fall 2017, the School of Film, Television and Interactive Media will be an independent school and no longer a part of the School of Communication.

Evan Lieberman, interim director of the School of Film, said he is also very excited about the progress that they have made with the school.

“I think there is a really high level of student excitement about the upcoming film school,” he said. “I know we are going to have new facilities, updated facilities. We are going to have new, state-of-the-art equipment.”

Lieberman also said that the school will most likely be in the Idea Center of IdeaStream next to PlayHouse Square. This isn’t official yet, but both Sadlek and Lieberman said they believe the deal is almost done.

While they don’t plan on having the location for the school ready for next year, their goal remains to have everything set for students by Fall 2018.


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