YouTube pacts with film schools for digital media courses

Users to help determine finalists for USC, Columbia College programs

YouTube has partnered with U. of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Columbia College of Chicago to launch YouTube Creator Institute Programs.

The programs, which are accepting applications at youtube.com/creatorinstitute through March 25, are designed to help college-age students develop digital media skills through special courses to be offered in Los Angeles and Chicago later this year. YouTube users will vote on the submissions and help determine the 20 students who will be accepted into the programs.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to partner with YouTube, which has played an enormous role in the ongoing evolution of media and communication in the 21st century,” said USC film school dean Elizabeth M. Daley.

The application involves students answering a series of questions and submitting a two-minute demonstration of their work. Online voting on the submissions will begin March 28 to determine the first round of candidates. From there, USC and Columbia College faculty members will determine the final 20 winners, to be announced April 20.

Ten students will be accepted for the YouTube-USC Creator Institute running from May 25-June 22 in Los Angeles. Another 10 will be accepted for the YouTube-Columbia College Creator Institute running from June 1-July 22 in Chicago. The programs will incorporate classroom and online training.