SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College announces it is partnering with the Seattle Film Institute to offer an accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Film degree through the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road.
Students can choose concentrations in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Motion Graphics & Visual FX, or Sound Design and Recording Arts. The collaboration will help meet the demands of the state’s growing film industry by helping students obtain a bachelor’s degree in three years.
Also, for those seeking a graduate degree, the Seattle Institute program based at the HEC will offer the only Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and Producing and a Master of Arts in Producing for Film.
Information sessions about the SFI classes that begin next fall are 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in Room 157 at the HEC, 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 5 in Room 563 (TV studio) at the SFCC Campus (6401 Richards Avenue) and 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 6 in the Collaborative Learning Lab (lobby) at the HEC.
SFCC has offered an articulation agreement for their film students to continue their studies with Seattle Film Institute in Seattle since 2015. “After talking with potential transfer students, we realized that we could better serve New Mexico students by offering our degree in Santa Fe,” said David Shulman, president of Seattle Film Institute. “We love what is happening in Santa Fe around independent filmmaking and feel that our school offers the right set up skills.”
Seattle Film Institute was established in 1994 to address a growing population of independent filmmakers in the Seattle area. “Our students begin making films their very first day in class,” Shulman continues. “It’s our hands-on approach that delivers the practical knowledge and real-world training as well as the conceptual skills needed in today’s competitive entertainment fields. Plus, we train for almost every role you see in the credits of any film. That’s the kind of career-based curriculum students can expect at SFI.”
SFCC president Randy Grissom said, “The SFCC partnership with SFI is an innovative initiative that allows film students to obtain their bachelor’s degree in just three years, as well as provide a pathway to the SFI graduate program while staying in Santa Fe. We know that graduates with advanced credentials have the best opportunities to become film directors and work in other high-level positions in the film industry. SFCC has a robust film program and this partnership will also enhance the state’s role as a leader in filmmaking.”
The film industry continues to have strong growth in New Mexico. Santa Fe County projects that more than $100 million will be spent in production in the region this year. SFCC has about 180 film majors.
“The agreement with SFI offers a great opportunity for students to get into the workforce quickly,” said SFCC Film Program director Monique Anair.
Students who already have an associate’s degree from SFCC or other community colleges can earn their bachelor of arts degree in just over a year. High School students who are just starting college in the fall can start their filmmaking classes and finish their general education requirements at SFCC to earn a BA from Seattle Film Institute.
“We find Santa Fe students are interested in an accelerated pathway towards their BA degree at an affordable cost. By partnering with SFI we are able to offer this opportunity to our community,” Anair said.
SFI and SFCC have also reached out to students at Santa Fe University of Art and Design to help them earn a bachelor’s degree. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by SFI with SFUAD. This will allow for students to continue to pursue a bachelor’s degree and finish their general education credits through SFCC. The agreement will allow both filmmaking and audio recording pathways with SFI.
Seattle Film Institute’s program in Santa Fe will provide an innovative structure blending on-ground and online classes. Students will go through the program as a cohort meaning they stay together as a group for the entire program, which builds the collaborative skills that are essential in a filmmaking career. The hands-on classes such as production and editing provide the core of the on-ground learning while classes such as film history take place via an online platform.
Seattle Film Institute through the collaboration with SFCC at the Higher Education Center will also offer the only Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) pathway in film production in New Mexico starting this fall for students who are looking for a graduate program. Anair stressed, “having production MFA programs is important if New Mexico plans to have a competitive independent filmmaking base. Graduate students across the country are the ones who are the most successful in achieving their dreams of being working directors, writers or cinematographers.”
The HEC offers a hub for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Santa Fe through its partnership with other colleges and universities. New Mexico Highland’s University offers a wide range of programs through the HEC in the areas of business, education and social work.
For more information about the HEC contact Rebecca Estrada, Executive Director for the Higher Education Center and Academic Partnerships, 505.428.1604 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.