Arts/business partnership creates digital production program

NEW YORK — Two of New York U.’s professional schools have teamed with special effects house Digital Domain to create a new master’s degree program for digital producing.

Beginning this fall, NYU graduate students in film and in business will have the opportunity to specialize in digital production. The goal of the new program is to train artists who understand both the creative and business aspects of producing.

The curriculum will include courses taught by NYU faculty from the Tisch School of the Arts and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, as well as execs at Digital Domain, who will give adjunct instruction via video link from the company’s California headquarters.

Digital Domain will also provide a six-week summer internship in California to give students in the digital producing program the chance to work on live productions.

“We look forward to creating a new breed of producers able to span the divergent cultures of digital arts and mainstream production in the business of entertainment,” said Steven J. Fredericks, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Digital Domain.

“Digital Domain’s partnership with the Tisch School is an important first step in the creation of a graduate producing program which trains students to make wise artistic decisions along with the right business decisions,” said Tisch School Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell.

Following the creation of the digital production curriculum, NYU will add another five specialty tracks — film, television, theater, music and multimedia — as part of a new graduate producing program sponsored by the Tisch and Stern schools.

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