9th – 12th Grades: The Film & Television Conservatory offers a comprehensive three to four year program for students in grades 9 through 12. Classes include film and television production, editing, directing, screenwriting, audio design, cinematography, film history, industrial video production, industry prep, documentary filmmaking, experimental film, and critical studies. Students screen at least one completed individual or collaborative work each semester.
Students collaborate with students from other conservatories, including music and theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and production and design to produce their films. Film & TV students are also encouraged to take elective courses in other arts areas of interest to them, including photography, advanced screenwriting, graphic design, and animation.
The Film & Television Conservatory seeks to develop honorable and exceptional artists and individuals through its programs and faculty-student mentoring. We value visual invention and curiosity, collaboration and individual expression, solid technical craftsmanship, and stories that thoughtfully explore the human condition.
We also seek to develop artists and technicians, helping students discover their own unique filmic voices while providing them practical training in industry equipment, software and protocols. We offer students a pre-college arts program and a hands-on technical/industry preparatory education.
Special Events & Programs
Film & Television students screen their work at our bi-annual student film festival, hosted by Chapman University at the Marion Knott Studios / Folino Theater. This festival draws hundreds of conservatory friends and family each semester and is open to the public. Film & Television students also collaborate with leadership students to produce the school’s live daily news show, Art Attack Live, which is broadcast to the entire school over closed-circuit television. Guest artists and master classes with industry professionals, as well as industry field trips, also enhance our students’ learning experience.