Dean Teri Schwartz considers industry partnerships a key priority in her plan to modernize UCLA’s TFT curriculum, looking for ways to put students in real-world work environments and bring pros into the classroom.
Participant Media Fellowship
Six grad students are selected to work with senior execs at Participant in film and TV development, production, digital media and social-responsibility campaigns.
Cirque du Soleil Partnership
New alliance with performance troupe includes fellowships for grad students in interest in multimedia, motion capture, etc., as well as scholarships for one film and one theater student.
Eros Intl. Partnership/India
Working with one of the largest media production and distribution companies in India to develop and deliver online media education to the region’s next-generation talent.
Matt Groening Toon Initiative
Endowments from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening fund up to a dozen short films from TFT’s grad toon program (such as “Heart,” above), as well as bringing in industry artists to mentor and teach.
Universal Studios Centennial
The school is working directly with U to commemorate its 100-year anniversary, with the UCLA Archive curating and exhibiting pics from the studio’s history.
TFT Young Alumni Network
New program focused on partnering recent grads (fewer than five years out) with UCLA’s robust network of more established alums, including opportunities for networking, screenings and events.