School is in session at Relativity Studios.
The studio, founded in 2004 by Ryan Kavanaugh, announced that Relativity School, its educational arm and the first-ever accredited BFA program affiliated with a studio welcomed its inaugural class Oct. 8.
Designed as a launch pad for the next generation of content creators, Relativity School is a branch of Philadelphia’s Hussian School of Art, offering degrees in film, acting, commercial dance and graphic arts at its LA Center Studios campus. The 20-acre sprawl — “Shameless” and “The Mentalist” currently shoot on the lot; “Mad Men” was filmed there — features a broadcast-ready digital production studio, state-of-the-art dance studio, classrooms, media labs, practice/rehearsal rooms, a student lounge, and library. Industry insiders helped develop the school’s core curriculum and courses are taught by working professionals with an emphasis on project-based learning. Core business classes will complement the arts and media courses.
“We are proud to be leading the way with a revolutionary alternative to traditional higher education by developing an innovative, craft-focused film, media and performing arts institution aligned with the industry,” said Relativity School’s Glenn Kalison. “Relativity’s cross-platform approach to entertainment and prominent position in the film industry creates invaluable learning opportunities for our students.”
“Hussian is thrilled to expand its footprint to Los Angeles,” said Melissa Morgan, president of Hussian School or Art. “To collaborate with Relativity on the development of programs specific to the entertainment industry that will further our mission to inspire creativity in art, education, and professional endeavors.”
The freshman class is a motley assortment of young actors with professional film and TV credits, aspiring filmmakers and accomplished dancers. Incoming BFA candidate Erica Cohen is the recipient of the inaugural $25,000 Joe Tremaine Commercial Dance Scholarship, a prize is to be awarded annually to a freshman dancer/choreographer for her dedication to the craft.
All students will participate in a summer internships program, attend regularly scheduled guest lectures and can enroll in master classes featuring above- and below-the-line film and TV talent. Off-campus visits to post-facilities such as Hydraulx (visual effects) and Wildfire (sound mixing) will also be offered through the school.
“To train at an degree-granting institution on a studio lot in Los Angeles, in the heart of the entertainment industry, is a dream come true for aspiring artists and media entrepreneurs,” Kalison said.