L.A. Film School Has New Opportunity

The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS), founded in 1999, will grant its first degrees following completion of a program beginning this July. Though an Associate of Science (AS) degree usually takes two years worth of credit hours, the program will take place over a rigorous 12-month period. The new offering replaces the established Immersion Certificate Program.

The school hopes that the degree will be another step in setting themselves apart as a center for filmmakers. Business is booming for the young school, as the campus has recently expanded another 100,000 square feet and looks to continue growing well into the future. For more information, visit www.lafilm.com.

More Women Coming to a College Near You

According to studies going back to the Education Amendments of 1972, the number of women attending and graduating college has significantly increased in proportion to the number of men. Some have predicted that 10 years from now two-thirds of college students may be female.

Current statistics have the national average of graduating seniors at roughly 58 percent. Researchers continue to analyze the trend, with a variety of possible reasons why the number of women attending college continues to skyrocket.

LMU “Master Plan” in Swing

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is seeking city approval on a major renovation of campus (over the next 20 years) that will address problems in both space for further expansion and structures that need replacing. Aesthetics will be taken into account, but functionality is more the key.

Additionally the University has indicated its commitment to traditional landmarks on site, which have been worked into the so-called “Master Plan,” as well as its commitment to maintain the 7,800-student cap the city has had on LMU for the past decade.

USC Private Study Denies Showbiz Stats

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had claimed 44 percent of their losses in the past years came from university students illegally utilizing peer-to-peer technology, but these statistics have not been independently studied … until now.

John Heidemann, an associate professor of the Information Sciences Institute at USC, conducted a 14-hour study of students’ file sharing habits while on the campus server and concluded that only three to 13 percent of losses is a more appropriate estimate.

The MPAA had just adjusted their claim from 44 percent to 15 percent this January, but according to UCLA’s Kent Wada, director of strategic policy for information technology, the number is probably closer to three percent than it is to 13.